How the US Push to ‘Reinforce Democratic Values’ in Turkey May Play Out

Changing the occupant of the White House will not affect Washington’s major strategy towards Turkey and the Middle East in general, say Turkish observers, explaining why Ankara can no longer be reliant on the US and its model of democracy.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the last president of a NATO nation to congratulate Joe Biden after the US media declared the former vice-president’s victory on 7 November. In contrast, Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) rushed to commend Biden immediately, prompting a rebuke from the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) Group Deputy Chair Bulent Turan.

According to Axios, the potential Biden administration may share a lot of aims with Ankara on a number of issues, including Turkey’s relations with Russia, Iran as well as Erdogan’s Syria strategy. Meanwhile, the US State Department has announced a programme aimed at “reinforcing democratic values” in Turkey and fostering US-Turkish ties in 2021 among other issues.

‘Turkey’s Dependency on the US is No Longer Possible’

The journalist does not believe the US effort to “reinforce democratic values” in the country may yield any positive results for the Turkish society.

“Democratisation with the assistance of the United States is, per se, impossible”, he says. “As you know, the US brought the Latin America countries coups and instability rather than democracy. We have all seen how Washington previously established ‘democracy’ in Vietnam, Iraq, Libya, and…

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