July 16, 2021 | Deseret News

Jeff Flake as ambassador to Turkey is a chance for my home country to heal

July 16, 2021 | Deseret News

Jeff Flake as ambassador to Turkey is a chance for my home country to heal

President Joe Biden on Tuesday nominated former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake as ambassador to Turkey, a longtime NATO ally that has increasingly strained relations with the United States and other members of the transatlantic alliance. Biden’s choice of a political appointee rather than a career diplomat ruffled the feathers of some Turkey watchers, who felt a professional envoy would be better prepared to handle the challenges the Turkey portfolio poses. These critics may underestimate Flake, whose unique traits could prove to be a valuable asset in navigating Ankara’s diplomatic scene and starting to heal bilateral relations.

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