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Seven Reasons Why the US Needs to Re-Engage with Turkey


Main Image Credit Joe Biden meets with Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2014 in Istanbul. Courtesy of Reuters/Alamy Stock Photo


The election of President Joe Biden presents a strategic opportunity for the US to resume playing a more active role in the South Caucasus, Eurasia and the greater Middle East – if Washington and Ankara can refresh their relationship.

The election of President Joe Biden opens up an opportunity for Turkey and the US to improve their relationship in what would only be a win–win outcome. The US has been missing in action from the South Caucasus for the last decade under both Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Clearly ideology cannot explain the US absence; a better explanation is a lack of focus in US foreign policy and a belief that they should no longer be involved in regional conflicts. During the same

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