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Turkey is a nation straddling eastern Europe and western Asia with cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Ankara is Turkey’s modern capital.

  • by Beyond Today Editor
Since 1923, following the successful Turkish War of Independence after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire of the Turks in World War I, the Republic of Turkey was organized according to the vision of one man—Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
  • by Paul Kieffer
The recent European Union summit conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, resulted in an agreement to admit 10 new members by May 2004. Turkey, however, continues to knock on the door to the EU, as it has for some 15 years.
  • by Rex Sexton
When the Gaza flotilla tried to resist the Israeli navy, it led to a shootout with at least nine dead and dozens wounded. Was the flotilla a genuine effort to help the needy or a worldwide publicity stunt?
  • by Melvin Rhodes
Following rebuffs from both the United States and Germany, could NATO's second biggest military power turn toward the east?
  • by Jerold Aust, John Ross Schroeder
Turkey and Israel have generally enjoyed mutually beneficial diplomatic relations ever since Israel became a new nation in 1948. Last year that relationship hit some rapids.
  • by Darris McNeely, Don Hooser
Turkey has been a longtime strategic ally of the West—including Israel—having the second-largest military force in NATO. But Turkey is "signaling it's leaving its Western friends" with its "embrace of extremist neighbors" (Jill Nelson, "Switching Sides," World, Nov. 21, 2009).
  • by John Ross Schroeder
Some 10 years ago Serbian troops invaded the mostly Muslim province of Kosovo. After U.S. air strikes and NATO intervention, the United Nations began administering the province. But the UN mandate recently expired and Kosovo threatens to declare full independence from Serbia. The behavior of Balkan countries continues to perplex the Western world. Will many more innocent lives be lost in their...
  • by John Ross Schroeder
Sensing a weakness of will, hostile nations appear to be ganging up on America. Some consider the United States a second-rate power. What are some of the specific problems, internationally and domestically, and how will they affect America's future?