Speculation about Turkey’s alliance with the West

Why there is speculation about Turkey's allegiances
Ever since the failed military coup d'etat in Turkey two years ago, the relationship between Turkey's President Erdogan and his western NATO alliance partners has been strained. In fact, soon after the coup, Erdogan questioned Turkey's relationship with the West, claiming the "script" was "written abroad," subsequently focusing on his US-based former ally Fethullah Gulen.

But Erdogan's animosity toward the West is much deeper than Gulen. Other threads include the conflict in Syria and US support for Kurdish forces there, the flow of migrants out of Syria and into Europe, Turkey's accession to the EU, and, importantly, the West's muted response to the coup.

Erdogan's perception - shared by many of his supporters - is that many in the Wes...


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