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HDN’s Demirtaş analyses how the Turkish-US ties look like in Obama’s second term from Chicago

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President Barack Obama applauds after his election night victory speech in Chicago, November 7, 2012. REUTERS Photo

President Barack Obama applauds after his election night victory speech in Chicago, November 7, 2012. REUTERS Photo

Serkan Demirtaş Serkan Demirtaş serkan.demirtas@hdn.com.tr

Relations between Turkey and the United States are expected to enter a new and intensified hectic period amid ongoing regional crises, such as Syria’s turmoil and Iran’s controversial nuclear drive, amid Democrat Barack Obama’s victory in the U.S. presidential elections.

Although Obama’s relatively non-interventionist and multilateral foreign policy will not shift much in its direction, expectations are high that he will be much more engaged with global affairs in his second term.

However, before diving into world politics, he needs to appoint a new figure to lead American diplomacy, replacing outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Among the candidates for the post of top U.S. diplomat include John Kerry, a senator for Massachusetts, and Susan Rice, the U.S. permanent representative at the U.N. Security Council, although the former’s chances appear much higher than they do for Rice, a career diplomat.

Stay tuned to the HDN website with more details to come.

November/07/2012

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