Thus, relations with Turkey will demand hands-on attention long after President Obama leaves Ankara. And that is how it should be. As a strategically located, secular democracy of nearly 80 million people, most of them Muslims; a member of NATO, the OECD, the G-20, the U.N. Security Council, the Organization of the Islamic Conference; and a candidate for the European Union, Turkey is worth the time and effort.
It is to President Obama's credit that he has understood this so soon.
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Samuel Berger was national security advisor from 1997-2001 and is co-chairman of Stonebridge International.
Mark Parris was ambassador to Turkey from 1997-2000 and is currently visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution.