April 20, 2017

Erdogan charts victory lap in Washington

By Nicholas Heras

Source: Al-Monitor

Journalist(s) Amberin Zaman

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s push for international legitimacy after narrowly winning a fraud-tainted referendum on expanding the powers of his office is gaining ground, especially in Washington, with unpredictable effects on the ongoing US campaign against the Islamic State. 

After receiving a congratulatory telephone call from President Donald Trump on April 17, Erdogan, who has long angled for an invitation to Washington but was quietly rebuffed by the Obama administration, has now apparently gotten that too.

Turkey's foreign minister announced that Erdogan will visit Washington for formal talks with Trump in the coming weeks shortly before they come together with fellow NATO leaders at the organization’s yearly summit that is due to be held in Brussels in late May.

Read the full article at Al-Monitor.

  • Nicholas Heras

    Bacevich Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Mr. Nicholas A. Heras is the Bacevich Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. From 2013-2014, he served as a rese...