Why Turkey Is No Partner for the United States

Despite Michael Doran’s efforts to argue otherwise, Turkey shares neither American values nor American interests.

Members of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) take part in a training drill at the Special Forces Academy near Baghdad’s international airport on March 19, 2018 as Iraq marks the 15th anniversary of the U.S. invasion. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images.

Members of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) take part in a training drill at the Special Forces Academy near Baghdad’s international airport on March 19, 2018 as Iraq marks the 15th anniversary of the U.S. invasion. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images.

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Jan. 24 2019
About the author

Steven A. Cook is the Eni Enrico Matte senior fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. His most recent book is False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2017).


There is a great deal to like about Michael Doran’s essay, “The Strategy Washington is Pursuing in the Middle East Is the Only Strategy Worth Pursuing.” His critique of ostensibly objective foreign-policy analysts and journalists is devastating. Much of what passes for analysis in Washington these days is merely reflexive anti-Trumpism. As Doran quite rightly indicates, many of the same people decrying the president’s decision to withdraw from Syria were similarly outraged when National Security Adviser John Bolton declared last September, “We’re not going to leave [Syria] as long as Iranian troops are outside Iranian borders, and that includes Iranian proxies and militias.”

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