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The Sultan and the Sultan | History Today

Turkeys relationship with the West is in the middle of a slow-motion car crash. After years of tension, the countrys rift with its western allies has widened since an attempted military coup against the government of the countrys current premier, Recep Tayyip Erdoan in July 2016. Many in Turkey believe western intelligence agencies were behind the coup. Increasingly toxic relations with the US and the EU betray a deep mutual distrust, exacerbated by the continued presence of the Islamic preacher Fethullah Glen publically blamed by Erdoan for the coup on US soil. Erdoan is convinced that Turkey is in the midst of an epochal transformation and that a strong, decisive New Turkey is rising from todays chaotic international order.