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With it's military incursions into Iraq to battle Kurdish forces - and it's controversial bid to join the European Union, Turkey is at the center of many foreign-policy discussions here in the US. It's a country that struggles internally with it's ethnic divides - and one whose people are the subject of ethnic frictions elsewhere in Europe.
It features complicated politics - as it simultaneously looks to adjust it's image to Western tastes - while worrying about a population has has it's own strong identity of Turkishness.
Earlier this year - a US congressional declaration about Turkey and the Armenian genocide chilled relations between the countries - who straddle another fence between ally and adversary.
Today, where we live, an exploration of Turkey - it's history and current place in the world. Turkey's been in the news a lot recently: they're bombing Iraq, struggling to join the European Union, and working on relations with the U.S. We're continuing our occasional series looking at foreign nations in the news today with a discussion about Turkey with Fairfield University Professor Marcie Patton and NPR's Istanbul correspondent Ivan Watson.
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