Turkey's Strategic Position at the Crossroads of World Affairs
Dr Stephen J Blank, Dr William T Johnsen, Dr Stephen C Pelletiere
Book by the US Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute
"By virtue of its strategic location at the intersection of Europe and Asia, Turkey plays a pivotal role in the post-cold war system of states. It lies, one could say, at the epicenter of a series of conflicts, real and potential, in both continents. It also has enjoyed noticeable growth in both economic prosperity and democracy since 1980. And because Turkey has been, and remains, a faithful U.S. ally, Washington has called upon it to play a role in the Balkans, Near East, and former Soviet empire commensurate with its new-found political and economic development."