By Giray Sadik
American picture in Turkey examines the impression of yankee international policy_measured in a variety of contours of policymaking, together with army and fiscal reduction, international direct funding, bilateral exchange among the U.S. and Turkey_on Turkish public opinion towards the U.S. within the post-9/11 period.
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Overseas Loans and Grants, Obligations and Loan Authorizations. S. 1. 1). S. military assistance to Turkey and favorable Turkish public opinion toward the United States are expected to be positively associated with each other. Yet, this does not mean that one should expect changes in the independent variable to always cause changes of proportionate magnitude in the dependent variable. Instead, the attention should be paid to parallel (or contradictory) trends, to estimate the direction of the projected influence.
Today, this region still remains a dangerous and unstable area of the world. Turkey’s former deputy chief of staff and former commander of the coalition forces in Somalia, General Cevik Bir, captured the Turkish perspective on the link between strategy, location, and modernization by noting that “Turkey is surrounded by the Bermuda Triangle of the Balkans, Caucasus, and the Middle East. Given such threats, we must modernize Turkish Armed Forces [TAF]. If we can protect ourselves, then we can contribute to regional peace and stability, and thus, to the world peace” (Quoted in Robey and Vordermark 2004, 14).
Foreign policy’’ (Tarnoff 2005, 1). In this respect, Turkish perspective is no different from America’s. S. S. economic assistance to Turkey. From the Turkish perspective, although the United States and Turkey experienced serious tensions over Iraq, the United States is Turkey’s most critical international ally. One analyst observed that “when Turkish diplomats discussed foreign policy matters it was almost as if the Americans were in the 42 Chapter 3 room with them’’ (Wood 2004, 5). The degree of the overlap is, of course, open to debate.
American Image in Turkey: U.S. Foreign Policy Dimensions by Giray Sadik