"Cook: Friction in U.S.-Turkey Relations over Iraqi Kurdistan
Steven A. Cook, Douglas Dillon Fellow
August 31, 2006
Steven A. Cook Steven A. Cook, CFR fellow and expert on political reform in the Arab world, says relations between the United States and Turkey are strained due to conflicting interests in Iraqi Kurdistan. Washington does not want to upset the relative stability in northern Iraq, whereas Turkey seeks to remove the threat of Kurdish militants in the region.
'Many Turks blame the United States for their national security problems and the larger concern about the emergence of an independent Kurdish State,' Cook, who co-authored a recent Council Special Report on U.S.-Turkey relations, says."
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