Turkey was in search of foreign allies at this point in time. In 1945 they launched war on Germany in hopes of pleasing NATO and finally joined in 1945. Stemming from this and the Truman Doctrine, a strong relationship with the US was formed that continues today.
After the Truman Doctrine, Turkey was attempting to modernize. Turkey focused on building roads modeled after American highways and many other things. Along with this, they promoted tourism which helped their failing economy.
Due to Turkey spanning over two continents, their allies, and more they were the unchosen protector of the Middle East. From things such as bottling up the Soviets in the Black Sea they had unknowingly sought out this title. They continued doing things to prove this title such as support US troops in the buffer zone and defending their own borders.
Became defenders of the Middle East
International Position in Question
Without the Soviets as an ally and the fact that they were not generally included in talks of Europe, Turkey was lost. They had no idea where they were supposed to be positioned nationally and eventually, being the follower they were, they just fell into whatever the US said. Ultimately without the US, Turkeys national position my still be in question today.
With the British cutting off aid in 1947 when Turkey was already in deep waters, they were not in a good situation. Thankfully, the US provided support in $400 million through the Truman Doctrine in fear that if they didn't, the Soviets would. Although they were given lots of support, Turkey has continued to struggle economically since.