Hakan Özoğlu on Mark Bristol and the founding of US-Turkey ties in the 20th century

January 18, 2022

Turkey Book Talk episode 159Hakan Özoğlu, professor of history and director of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Central Florida, on Admiral Mark L. Bristol, US high commissioner in Istanbul from 1919 to 1927.

Compared with many European diplomats during the period, Bristol had a relatively pro-Turkish, pro-Muslim perspective. His observations and recommendations helped shape US policy in the Ottoman Empire, and also helped lay the foundations of the strategic partnership between Turkey and the US during the Cold War.

Özoğlu is author of “The Decline of the Ottoman Empire and the Rise of the Turkish Republic: Observations of an American Diplomat, 1919-1927” (Edinburgh University Press).

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