Exploring the future of Turkish policy
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.