Monthly Archives: March 2013

Turkey Did Have a Choice in Syria

Turkey’s approach to the crisis in Syria is rooted in its previous “pre-Syrian revolt” foreign policy ambitions in the Middle East. Turkey’s overarching goal is to engage in a multi-directional proactive foreign policy, in order to deepen relations with leaders … Continue reading

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Lessons from the 1980s: Turkey’s Current Nuclear Tender

Taner Yildiz announced on 11 March 2013 that Turkey “should be able to outline the details regarding the companies that will begin constructing a planned second nuclear plant in the country ‘before the end of [March].’” While Yildiz has made … Continue reading

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Passive Defense: The Questions Turks Should be Asking about Patriot

Yesterday, I summarized an article I co-authored with Shashank Joshi – a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute- about the Patriot missile system and Turkey’s Syria policy. If you missed yesterday’s post, click here. In general, Shashank and … Continue reading

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The Patriots are here, Now what?

On 15 February, NATO announced that the final of the the six Patriot batteries was operational. According to the press release, “In response to Turkey’s request, NATO Foreign Ministers decided on 4 December 2012 that NATO would ‘augment Turkey’s air … Continue reading

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The Sequester and Future Nuclear Weapons in Turkey

Turkey, as regular readers of the blog already know, is home to ~65 U.S. tactical nuclear weapons at Incirlik Air Force base. The bombs are designed for delivery by Turkish and American F-16s. Given the most recent U.S. nuclear targeting … Continue reading

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