Washington, D.C. - In a letter to President Barack Obama issued today, a bipartisan group of more than eighty foreign policy experts, brought together by four policy organizations— the Bipartisan Policy Center, Center for American Progress, Foreign Policy Initiative and Freedom House—urged the president to publicly state America’s concern about Turkey’s increasingly undemocratic path.
The letter stated that, in order to preserve America’s historic ties with Turkey, it is critical for the president to address publicly the actions by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that threaten to subvert Turkey’s political institutions and values.
BPC’s Turkey Initiative has written extensively on the importance of restoring a more cooperative U.S.-Turkish relationship and argued, in a December 2013 report, From Rhetoric to Reality: Reframing U.S. Turkey Relations, that strengthening Turkey’s democracy is critical to doing so. The initiative is co-chaired by Ambassador Morton Abramowitz and Ambassador Eric S. Edelman, who both signed the letter with other members of the task force.
“As a convener of strong ideas, the Bipartisan Policy Center hopes this letter from nearly eighty of the finest experts on this issue will demonstrate the president that despite differing political agendas, we collectively share a concern about Turkey’s future,” said Blaise Misztal, Acting Director of BPC’s Foreign Policy Project.