قيمة تركيا بالنسبة لمنطقة عبر الأطلسي

واشنطن العاصمةـ إن تركيا التي تزورها المستشارة الألمانية أنجيلا ميركل هذا الأسبوع تُعَد مكاناً مختلفاً تمام الاختلاف عن تركيا التي بدأت محادثات الانضمام إلى الاتحاد الأوروبي قبل خمسة أعوام. فبسبب العقم الذي تتسم به هذه المحادثات، بدأت تركيا في توسيع آفاقها الدولية. والواقع أن السياسية الخارجية التركية أصبحت الآن أكثر استباقاً وباتت تشتمل على أبعاد أكثر تعدداً مقارنة بأي وقت مضى منذ أسس كمال أتاتورك تركيا الحديثة من أنقاض الإمبراطورية العثمانية.

والآن أصبحت تركيا بفضل جهودها لاعباً رئيسياً في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وخارجها. ولقد تسبب هذا في نوع من الارتياع في الولايات المتحدة وأوروبا، وأدى إلى مخاوف متزايدة من احتمال "خسارة" الغرب لتركيا على نحو ما.

بيد أن "تميز" تركيا في الشرق الأوسط ليس بالأمر المؤذي بالضرورة لمصالح الغرب. بل إن الأمر على العكس من ذلك، فتركيا قد تشكلأصلاً بالغ الأهمية بالنسبة لشركائها الأوروبيين والأميركيين.

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