Making friends

April 2, 2009 at 7:30 am | Posted in International | Leave a comment

Gideon Rachman thinks Obama’s upcoming trip to Turkey could be far more significant than his upcoming tour of Europe:

This is the one bit of the trip that it is very hard to script in advance – and the stakes are very high. Will Obama use his speech to the Turkish parliament to make the long-promised big statement on the relationship between the West and the Islamic world? Can he do anything to repair the damage in the US-Turkish relationship and turn around the desperate and dangerous unpopularity of the US there? What role might Turkey play over Iran or the Middle East peace process? How will the president address the issue of Armenia?

Congress is pushing for a resolution accusing Turkey of having committed genocide against the Armenians. Candidate Obama sounded sympathetic to the Armenian lobby. But President Obama will be desperate not to inflict any further damage on US-Turkish relations.

It is all very tricky and intriuging stuff.

NB: I’ll just be dumping links for the rest of this week, and will be away from the internet for all of next week. Normal blogging will resume on around 12th or 13th of March

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