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AUDIO: Exploring the future of Turkish policy

12/21/2009   Download Podcast

Issues surrounding Turkey’s position as an ally of the United States, NATO member, ally of Israel, and aspirant of accession to the European Union have been subjects for speculation in some quarters recently. A Turkish government more orientated to Islam and seeking stronger ties with other Middle Eastern countries, strains in its relationship with Israel, and concerns among Turkey’s small Jewish community about rising anti-Semitism, have triggered debate about the future directions of Turkey’s foreign and domestic policies. This range of issues was the topic for a recent meeting of JUF’s Jewish Community Relations Council. Speaking were Aaron B. Cohen, executive editor of JUF News who recently visited Turkey with the Niagara Foundation; Consul General of Turkey to Chicago Kenan Ipek; and Marc Grossman, who has served as U.S. Ambassador to Turkey.