Young Turks at the center of the Earth…Again

Once the home of the great Ottoman Empire and center of the Old World, Turkey is reemerging on the world stage as a regional power. Interestingly this natural bridge between Europe and the Middle East is a secular democracy with a population that’s 99.8% Muslim. Turkey has been experiencing a cultural renaissance of sorts, getting reacquainted with its Ottoman and Muslim roots after decades of “Westernization” while simultaneously vying for acceptance into the European Union. Turkey has also been an extremely important strategic ally for the U.S., even as it improves its own relations in the Arab world.
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