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Repairing Turkish-American Relations After The First World War: Ahmet Muhtar In Washington

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An understanding of the first ambassador Turkey sent to Washington after the First World War helps to account for the warmth of the alliance with the United States that formed the basis of Turkey's post-Second World War foreign policy. To educate Americans that a revolution had oriented Turkey to aspire to become a Western-leaning, modernizing state and to enlist American support for this endeavor, Atatürk picked Ahmet Muhtar Bey, as he was known all his lifetime. Muhtar worked closely with Atatürk during the early years of the National Struggle. Yet at the same time, Muhtar's penchant for secretiveness led him consistently to fail to keep Parliament informed of his activities and budgetary requirements in a timely manner. In April 1933, about a year before the end of his tour in Washington, Muhtar became Dean of the Diplomatic Corps by virtue of being the longest serving foreign ambassador in the capital.

Keywords: Ahmet Muhtar; Atatürk; First World War; Turkey; United States; Washington



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