Author(s)Henze, Paul B.
Contributor(s)RAND ARROYO CENTER SANTA MONICA CA
KeywordsEconomics and Cost Analysis
Government and Political Science
Sociology and Law
PROJECT AIR FORCE
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AbstractThis Note discusses the most important trends in Turkey's political, economic, and social development, focusing on the progress of the last decade and prospects for the future. The study finds that Turkey will build on its record of stability and economic accomplishments during the 1980s to maintain an effective political and social system and to make further economic progress during the 1990s. Turkey will balance orientations toward Europe, the Middle East, and new republics of the Soviet Union (which are mostly Muslim and Turkic) during the 1990s while continuing to look toward the United States as its principal security partner within NATO. Prospects for continued economic progress are good, though persistent inflation, growing budget deficits, and the need for privatization of state economic enterprises require serious action. Finally, while Turkey will likely be very politically and socially cohesive and the standing of the military will remain high, military influence on government will wane. A 93-item bibliography is included.
Supersedes RAND/WD-5806-AF/A. ISBN-0-8330-2072-2. Rand Note Series.