Graham E. Fuller is currently an independent writer, analyst, lecturer, and consultant on Middle Eastern affairs and an adjunct professor of history at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He served for fifteen years as an intelligence officer in various countries in the Middle East and Asia, is a former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA, and later a political scientist at RAND. He is the author of numerous books on the Muslim world and Islam—including two on Turkey—and articles for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, The Washington Quarterly, Orbis, and Harvard International Affairs on line.
This timely work explores how, after a long period of isolation, Turkey is becoming a major player in Middle Eastern politics once again. In fact, by acting independently and attempting to reconcile its constitutionally secular form of governance and vibrant traditional culture, it is now for the first time becoming positively viewed by others in the Muslim world as a state worth watching—and maybe even emulating. As a result, Turkey’s dynamic political scene and new search for independence in its foreign policy, however complicating or irritating for the United States today, will nonetheless ultimately serve the best interests of Turkey, the Middle East, and even the West.
Drawing heavily on a range of Turkish and Western sources, this multidimensional, lively, and nuanced volume provides an excellent introduction to one of the region’s most fascinating and complex countries and makes a highly valuable contribution to the current debate about Turkey and its place in the world.