Understanding the Feuds Plaguing U.S.-Turkey Alliance

The U.S. and Turkey have been allies for more than six decades, but in recent years their relationship has been repeatedly strained by disputes. Turkey’s purchase of a Russian missile system is the source of the most serious conflict. Other roots of friction include a Turkish military offensive against a Syrian Kurdish militia allied with the U.S. and a U.S. prosecution of one of Turkey’s largest banks. The U.S. and Turkey, which run the two largest armies in NATO, affirm the need to maintain th