Well-pronounced anti-American sentiments have been a distinctive feature of the Turkish society for decades. As many as 90 percent of the Turks held an unfavorable view of the US, according to a study released in 2012. A report, published by the Pew Research Center in July 2014, showed that more than 63 percent of Turkish people had an unfavorable view of the US in the past decade.
Interestingly, anti-Americanism, according to Kadercan, is "shared by all ethnic, religious and political groups, and cannot be explained by differences in education or income levels."
However, the analyst maintained that these sentiments are "harmless" and do not affect Ankara's foreign policy. In other words, Turkey will not break up with the West simply because public opinion seems to favor such a move.
Present-day anti-Americanism in Turkey "will not lead to a breakup between Turkey and the United States all by itself – that is, unless President Erdogan consciously decides to sever ties with the US. If he ever makes such a decision, then anti-Americanism will be his way of convincing Turks that it is time to turn away from the West, not a force compelling his behavior," he explained.
Kadercan is also convinced that President Erdogan "can certainly control" the latest wave of anti-Americanism that was sparked by the failed military coup and Washington's reserved response to it.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been "implicitly fueling" anti-American sentiments, because he "is weaponizing it to pursue his political objectives at home and overseas," the analyst observed. "In domestic politics, he is building on anti-Americanism to consolidate his political popularity in the aftermath of the failed coup."
The Turkish leader, according to Kadercan, will put an end to this strategy if he needs to.
"Make no mistake: Erdogan will not only stop fueling anti-Americanism, but also put a lid on it – when, of course, he thinks it no longer serves a purpose," he said.