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Star and Crescent

Turco-Israeli Partnership in a Tough Neighborhood

Lieutenant Colonel Joseph M. Codispoti, USAF
2000, 30 pages
Cost: $0, AU Press Code: MP-22



In this study Lt Col Joseph M. Codispoti, USAF, de-scribes an emerging partnership between two long-time al-lies of the United States—Turkey and Israel. On the surface this Muslim-Jewish partnership seems unlikely, particularly on the fringes of the Arab world. A closer examination, however, reveals a number of mutual security interests and a shared sense of isolation at the crossroads of Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Colonel Codispoti begins his study by examining relations between Turkey and Israel from the founding of Israel in 1948 through the 1980s. While relations vacillated during these early years, the foundation was built for deeper and more significant ties. The advent of post-Cold War instability in the arc of crisis served as the catalyst for growing and extensive political, military, and economic links between the unlikely partners. This study concludes by addressing future possibilities for and barriers to the emerging Turco-Israeli partnership, as well as its far-reaching potential to bring stability or conflict to the region.


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