elemay14How far is the United States prepared to tolerate Turkey’s growing human rights abuses and incendiary behavior?

By Robert Ellis
(International advisor at the Research Institute
for European and American Studies (RIEAS) in Athens.)

Copyright @ 2023 https://nationalinterest.org/feature/erdogan-arsonist-dilemma-us-turkey-relations-206184

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

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