U.S.-Turkey Relations during the 1950s

with Nicholas Danforth

During the 1950s, the United States supported the Menderes administration in Turkey as part of its Cold War policy, a measure which was seen as part and parcel to promoting democracy in the Middle East. In this episode of the Ottoman History Podcast, Nick Danforth examines how diplomats and statesmen justified and developed this seemingly contradictory policy, their perceptions of Turkey and its political future, and how it relates to debates about the present.

Nicholas Danforth is a PhD student studying the history of modern Turkey at Georgetown University (see academia.edu)
Chris Gratien is a PhD student studying the history of the modern Middle East at Georgetown University (see academia.edu)

Archival Sources:

The Central Intelligence Agency Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Electronic Reading Room,
National Archives and Record Administration, College Park, Maryland.

Frontline Diplomacy, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

The George C. McGhee Papers (McGhee Papers), Georgetown University Special Collections
Library, Washington, D.C.

United States National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland.


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