Henri J. Barkey, professor of international relations, is featured in the France 24 article, "Fighter jets, quakes, NATO stakes: Are U.S.-Turkish ties on a reset?"
The recent earthquakes in Turkey could trigger seismic shifts in U.S.-Turkish relations, according to some experts, France 24 writes.
"The Americans have been the greatest supporter and have provided the biggest help to the Turks after the earthquake," Barkey says. "The truth is, the earthquake changes everything in the sense that the response of the world, especially Turkey’s allies, has been incredible."
How the earthquakes will impact Turkey's upcoming election is yet to be determined. While there has been no official announcement, Barkey can’t imagine how elections can be held on schedule after the earthquakes.
"The place is devastated, we don’t know if election offices were destroyed. Around a million-and-half people have moved away from their homes. More than 13% of the population come from the four provinces most affected by the earthquake and they have traditionally been pro-President Erdogan, pro-AKP provinces. From Erdogan’s perspective, he has no votes to win, he only has votes to lose," he notes.
The full article can be read on the France 24 website.