The United States, Turkey, and Israel in the New Middle East
Edited by William B. Quandt
No other book presents such a variety of perspectives, options, and predictions about the “power triangle” that binds and divides Turkey, Israel and the United States.Stephen Kinzer, author of Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future
In April 2011, University of Virginia politics professor and veteran Middle East analyst William B. Quandt brought leading scholar-practitioners from Israel, Turkey, and the United States to a one-day gathering at the University of Virginia. Their task: To unravel and try to understand the tangle of accusations, sensitivities, fears, and misunderstandings that had arisen among policymakers in these three capitals. Troubled Triangle: The United States, Turkey, and Israel in the New Middle East is a record of the deliberations among these experts, that has been edited by Dr. Quandt.
From now on, this book will serve as the new baseline for identifying and evaluating further changes in these countries’ relations…Shai Feldman, director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University
Participants in the colloquium and in the project of producing this very timely volume include:
- Henri J. Barkey, an expert on Turkish affairs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Bernard L. and Bertha F. Cohen Professor at Lehigh University.
- Shlomo Brom, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, Israel, and previously the head of strategic planning for the Israeli military’s general staff.
- F. Gregory Gause, III, an acclaimed analyst of Middle East affairs who is chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Vermont.
- Yaprak Gürsoy, an assistant professor at Istanbul Bilgi University and a 2008 PhD from U.Va.’s Department of Politics, where her dissertation compared the records of Greece and Turkey on democratization, civil-military relations, and business-government relations.
- Ellen Laipson, President of the Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington, DC, and previously vice-chair of the National Intelligence Council.
- Tina S. Kaidenow, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, with responsibility for issues related to Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, and the Caucasus.
- Daniel Levy, Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation and a member of the Israeli government team that conducted peace talks with the Palestinians in early 2001.
- Allen Lynch, Director of Research at the U.Va’s Center for International Studies and a political scientist who specializes in international power dynamics.
- Soli Özel, Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Istanbul Kadir Has University and co-author of a recent report on rebuilding Turkish-American relations.
- Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council and author of the widely acclaimed Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States (2007), and
- Philip Zelikow, Professor of History at U.Va., and previously the executive director of the 9/11 Commission and Counsellor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Preface—William B. Quandt
Part I: Strategic Perspectives
Ch. 1. The U.S.-Israel-Turkey Strategic Triangle: Cold War Structures and Domestic Political Processes
F. Gregory Gause, III
Ch. 2. Reshuffling the Cards: Turkey, Israel and the U.S. in the Middle East
Ch. 3. The Israeli-Turkish Relationship
Ch. 4. Strategic Perspectives: Comments and Discussion
Ellen Laipson, Philip Zelikow and Brantly Womack
Part II: The Perspective of the Obama Administration
Ch. 5. The U.S.-Turkey Relationship: A View from the Obama Administration
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Tina Kaidanow
Part III: Domestic Political Influences
Ch. 6. The Broken Triangle: How the U.S.-Israeli-Turkish Relationship Got Unglued
Ch. 7. Turkey’s Relations with the U.S. and Israel under the
Justice and Development Party Government
Ch. 8. Israel and Turkey: Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy
Ch. 9. Domestic Influences: Comments and Discussion
Allen Lynch and Jeffrey Legro
Part IV. The Iranian Factor
Ch. 10. Iran, Israel, the U.S., and Turkey in a Changing Middle East Environment
Ch. 11. The Iranian Factor: Comments and Discussion
Ruhi Ramazani and Farzaneh Milani
From now on, this book will serve as the new BASELINE for identifying and evaluating further changes in these countries’ relations, as all three will continue to react to the dramatic developments that are engulfing the Middle East—in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, and Syria—as well as to the next chapters in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the efforts to resolve it.
–Shai Feldman, Director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University
–Stephen Kinzer, author of Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America’s Future
–John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago
–Hon. Thomas R. Pickering, former undersecretary of state for Political Affairs; ambassador to Jordan, Israel and the United Nations
–Gönül Tol, executive director, Center for Turkish Studies, Middle East Institute
–Ilter Turan, Department of International Relations, Istanbul Bilgi University
Troubled Triangle is available in Paperback ($17.99) and Ebook ($9.99)