Joe Biden with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul in 2014, during Biden’s spell as US vice-president. Photo: EPA Joe Biden with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul in 2014, during Biden’s spell as US vice-president. Photo: EPA
Joe Biden with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul in 2014, during Biden’s spell as US vice-president. Photo: EPA
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Alessandro Arduino

The real test of US power may be when Biden meets Erdogan, not Putin

  • All eyes are on the meeting of the US president and his Russian counterpart, but it is his date with the Turkish leader that could telegraph the American approach to conflicts overseas for the next four years
  • Turkey’s flexible foreign policy when it comes to China and Russia is worrisome to the US as it seeks to rebuild alliances and reassert its global influence

Joe Biden with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul in 2014, during Biden’s spell as US vice-president. Photo: EPA Joe Biden with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul in 2014, during Biden’s spell as US vice-president. Photo: EPA
Joe Biden with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul in 2014, during Biden’s spell as US vice-president. Photo: EPA
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Alessandro Arduino

Alessandro Arduino

Dr Alessandro Arduino is principal research fellow at the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore, specialising in the roles played by private military contractors and technology in modern warfare.