Monthly Archives: November 2013

More thoughts on Turkey and Missile Defense Decision-Making

Turkey has pursued missile defense since 1996. Ankara has long feared the dual threat of the proliferation of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. As part of a broader effort to develop a defense against … Continue reading

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Nuclear Energy and Turkish Conspiracy Theories: Continuity in US-Turkey Relations

I spent last week in Istanbul at a conference the Hollings Center for International Dialogue organized about the future of the US-Turkey relationship. In one of the early sessions, the participants had a lengthy discussion about the way in which … Continue reading

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Iran and Atoms for Peace: The Origins of the Islamic Republic’s Nuclear Narrative

For the past 18 months, I have been slowly working my way through the Atomic Energy Commission’s “Atoms for Peace” archives to piece together the differences between Turkey and Iran’s nuclear decision making. Thus, while I often write about Turkey … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Future Nuclear Posture: Chinese Missile Systems and the F-35

Turkey has hosted American nuclear weapons since 1959. Ankara supports the forward deployment of the B-61 and argues that the current deployment of ~65 or so nuclear weapons at Incirlik air base is vital for NATO burden sharing and Turkish … Continue reading

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Musings on Missile Defense and Turkey’s Defense Doctrine

Lale Kemal reports that the Turkish Military “is allegedly very unhappy that it might finally acquire ‘second-hand, not battle-tested and cheap Chinese missiles,’ as opposed to US-made Patriot missile system …. the Turkish military is reportedly also mad at the … Continue reading

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