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The American-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 has had an unpredictable impact on the role and policies of Turkey. Although Turkey gave vital support to America in the first Gulf War, in the second, America's only formal ally in the region refused to support US strategy.

To explain Turkey’s changing foreign policy, William Hale examines the relationship between Turkey, the US and Iraq .

To explain Turkey’s changing foreign policy, William Hale examines the relationship between Turkey, the US and Iraq since the 1920s, when the Iraqi state was first established. He also analyses Turkey’s policies towards Iraqi Kurds and its ‘Europeanisation’ as the country aligns itself with the EU. William Hale was formerly Professor of Turkish Politics and former Head of the Department of Political and International Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

The American-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 has affected Turkey's foreign policy in unpredictable ways

The American-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 has affected Turkey's foreign policy in unpredictable ways. On the one hand stood Turkey's vital alliance with the US, stretching back to the early days of the cold war; on the other, the strong opposition of the Turkish people to the invasion of Iraq. One of Iraq's most important neighbours and America's only formal ally in the region, Turkey gave vital support to the US during the first Gulf war. In the second Gulf war, America sought to project itself as the champion of democracy in the Middle East.

2 Professor Hale’s book is an attempt to analyze the complex relationship between Turkey, the US, Iraq and the Iraqi Kurds while accentuating the role and policies of Turkey, as one of Iraq’s most important. At this point, he defines the year 2005 as a turning point in the relations as Turkey started to exert a more comprehensive and rational Iraq and Middle East policy which is more in harmony with US interests in the region.

To explain Turkey's changing foreign policy, William Hale examines the relationship between Turkey, the US and Iraq since the 1920s, when the Iraqi state was first established.

The American-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 has affected Turkey's foreign policy in unpredictable ways. To explain Turkey's changing foreign policy, William Hale examines the relationship between Turkey, the US and Iraq since the 1920s, when the Iraqi state was first established. He also analyses Turkey's policies towards Iraqi Kurds and its 'Europeanisation' as the country aligns itself with the EU.

Many Iraqis vented their anger at the US Embassy, which they view as a symbol of the huge American footprint  .

Many Iraqis vented their anger at the US Embassy, which they view as a symbol of the huge American footprint in the Middle East. Iraqi lawmakers understand better than anyone, however, that their vote to expel the American ‘hyper-power’ was largely a symbolic gesture. The unfortunate truth of the matter is that Iraq, as well as the entire Middle East, will have to get used to the idea of sharing living space with a meddling American superpower that refuses to go home, and long after its welcome has ended, if it ever began.

Turkey, US and Iraq - William Hale

Turkey, US and Iraq - William Hale. Turkey’s problems in its relations with Iraq, and their impact on its relationship with the leading world powers, go back to the territorial settlement in the Middle East which followed the First World War. Between 1534, when the armies of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent captured Baghdad, and the defeat of Turkey at the end of the First World War in 1918, the territory of what is now Iraq was part of the Ottoman empire. It was administered as three provinces, based on Mosul in the north, Baghdad in the centre, and Basra in the south.

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The American-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 has had an unpredictable impact on the role and policies of Turkey. Although Turkey gave vital support to America in the first Gulf War, in the second, America’s only formal ally in the region refused to support US strategy. To explain Turkey’s changing foreign policy, William Hale examines the relationship between Turkey, the United States, and Iraq since the 1920s. Published in association with the London Middle East Institute at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies).

William Hale is a professor of Turkish politics and former head of the Department of Political and International Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.


Turkey, the US and Iraq (Middle East Issues) download epub
Politics & Government
Author: William Hale
ISBN: 0863566758
Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Politics & Government
Language: English
Publisher: Saqi Books (September 1, 2007)
Pages: 200 pages