Turkey, the West and the Muslim Middle East

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The 700-year-old Ottoman Empire became the Republic of Turkey in 1923. Though a Muslim country, at the insistence of the founder, Mustafah Kemel Ataturk--government institutions are strictly secular, a tradition backed by the military. Now that might be changing. This week parliament elected Abdullah Gül as President. Gul and Prime Minister Erdogan are both from the Justice and Development Party -- or AKP. Islamic in orientation, it will be more responsive to public opinion, which is increasingly religious and anti-American. We look at the possible impact on US interests in the Muslim world. Will Turkey still be a "bridge" to the West? Does it share America's goals in Iraq? What about Turkey's increasingly close ties with Iran?

Credits

Guests:
Semih Idiz - Al-Monitor's Turkey Pulse - @semihidiz, Sabri Sayari - Professor of Political Science at Sabanci University, Ian Lesser - Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund, Stephen Schwartz - Executive Director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Dan Konecky, Christian Bordal