CEFTUS briefing on US-Turkey relations amid developments in the Khashoggi case

25 October 2018

Turkey is using the Khashoggi case to reset relations with the US

  • Turkey’s careful release of information has allowed time for US-Saudi-Turkey negotiations
  • In the short term, Turkey is looking to stall impending US sanctions on Iran
  • In the longer term, the potential sidelining of Mohammed Bin Salman could aid Turkey’s relationship with the US and repositioning as a regional leader

In carefully controlling the release of information in regards to missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Turkish government has sought to leverage its position against both Saudi Arabia and the US. Khashoggi has not been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Riyadh initially claimed to have no knowledge of Khashoggi’s whereabouts…

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