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| Posted: Tue May 11, 2004 6:11 pm Post subject: [E] New Study "US-Turkish Relations"
|The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (P.O. Box 4567, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, website: http://www.ecssr.ac.ae/) has recently published the following study:
"US-Turkish Relations and the Middle East in the Post-Cold War World"
(Serial Number 95, in Arabic language, 92 pages, 1st edition, 2004)
Authors: Thamer Kamel Mohammed and Nabeel Mohammed Saleem
Summary of the Study:
There is a network of different relations between the United States of America and Turkey. These relations, in all their different aspects, influence the political and security situation of the Middle East region. Turkey's most important motives for enhancing its relations with the US are considerations of Turkish security, especially with regard to the specter of Russia; the Turkish government's desire to obtain Western military and economic aid under preferential conditions, trying to ensure continuing US support for Turkey's endeavors to join the EU; resolving its problems with Greece and its aspirations to have influence and play a regional role.
To that end, Turkey uses the importance of its strategic position - and its membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). This importance has not vanished with the fall of the Soviet Union, but rather strengthened after the Cold War, especially with regard to the Middle East, thus enhancing Turkey's role in potential regional projects in the Middle East or in the context of the US strategic regional objectives in general.
The last paragraph of the Study concludes: ?It is natural to say that Arab States should reach a solid understanding about the targets of the Arab Nation and its vital interests. They should do so by surpassing conflicts of secondary nature between the Arab regimes, without jeopardizing the Arab National Security, since any danger threatening one Arab country would actually target the whole Nation. By using its relations with the US, contributing actively in the American arrangement in the Region and developing relations with Israel, Turkey is contributing in threatening the National Security of the Arabs, thus endangering the existence of the Arabs in the course of Civilization and Humanity?.
About the Authors: 1- Thamer Kamel Mohammed earned his PhD in Political Science from Baghdad University in 1997. He is the vice-president of the administrative authority of the Iraqi Society for Political Science. He has worked in research and teaching in a number of scientific and academic institutions. He has served as a cultural consultant in the Iraqi embassy in Cairo (1985-1987) and is a member of the Arab Society for Political Science and the Human Rights Organization in Iraq (HROI). He has written many studies, among others "The State in the Arab World on the Threshold of the Third Millennium" (Iraq: Bait al-Hikmah (The House of Wisdom), 2001), "The Contemporary Diplomacy and Negotiation Strategy" (Jordan: Dar Al Massira, 2000), and "A Study on Iraqi Foreign Security and the Strategy for Achieving it" (Baghdad: General Cultural Affairs Printing and Publishing House, 1985).
2- Nabeel Mohammed Saleem earned his PhD in Political Science from Baghdad University in 1997. He is the head of Public Policy (General Politics) Department at the Faculty of Political Science, Baghdad University, where he teaches a number of courses. He is a member of the Arab Society for Political Science and the Iraqi Society for Political Science. He participated in writing a number of researches and studies, inter alia: "The Turkish Water Projects on the Tigris and Euphrates Basins," "The Future of the Kurdish Issue in Turkey and its Influence on Neighboring Countries," and "Turkey and the Republics of Central Asia and the Caucasus."
To Remind the readers:
The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research has published several studies about Turkey during the last
few years. For example, in 2003, it published a study under the title: ?Old Grievances and New Fears: Arab Perceptions of Turkey and Its Alignment with Israel? (Serial Number 51, in Arabic language, 103 pages, 1st edition, 2003), by Ofra Bengio and Gencer Öºcan.
For more information please refer to the website: http://www.ecssr.ac.ae