...together with Indonesia and Iran, if it achieves to give itself a post-clerical system. That's the conclusion of 16 US intelligence agencies for their projection of the World in 2025. Full report: http://www.dni.gov/nic/PDF_2025/2025_Global_Trends_Final_Report.pdf As I see it, USA will remove from Iraq by end of 2011 and from Afghanistan by 2014 and Turkey is central in the efforts to stabilize those countries after USA has re-deployed. Than there is the Arab Spring which will transform many countries into new political systems by the experiments of truly representative democracy. In the best case scenario those transformed countries should more resemble Turkey than Iran. Some people here advocate to "kick Turkey out of NATO". On the contrary it is time that NATO gets it's first Turkish General Secretary after Rasmussen's term ends.