Category Archives: NATO

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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The HQ-9: Dissecting Turkey’s Missile Defense Decision

Burak Bekdil, Turkey’s defense corespondent for Hurriyet Daily News and Jane’s Defence Weekly, reports that Turkey is “is strongly leaning toward adopting a Chinese long-range anti-missile and air defense system.” The HQ-9 missile system is reportedly based on and has … Continue reading

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Musings on AKP Decision-Making and Israel’s Apology

Apologies for my prolonged absence. I have been in Washington and Los Angeles these past two weeks and have been busy with other projects, including a serious re-dedication to sampling different wines from different regions in California. (A luxury I … Continue reading

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Lessons in Extended Deterrence: Why the Status of Turkish F-16s Doesn’t Matter

In response to North Korea’s bellicose threats, the United States has been parading a bevy of nuclear dual capable aircraft near the Korean peninsula. Both the B-52 and the B-2 have a nuclear role and would, in the event of … Continue reading

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Evaluating Turkey’s Missile Defense Plans

In January 2013, Lale Sariibrahimoglu and Nicholas de Larrinaga reported: Turkey has decided to abandon its plans to buy an off-the-shelf system for its T-Loramids surface-to-air missile (SAM) programme and is now seeking to co-develop a SAM system instead. Local … Continue reading

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Future Prospects for Nuclear Weapons in Europe: Why Turkey Needs a New Policy

The United States currently deploys about 200 B61 tactical nuclear weapons in five European countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, and Turkey). The weapons were originally deployed during the Cold War and were intended to help defend NATO countries from … Continue reading

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NATO Missile Interceptors in Turkey: What is the PAC-3?

Now that the U.S. and Dutch Patriots are on their way to Turkey, I thought it was worth re-posting an article I co-authored with Shashank Joshi – a research fellow at the UK based Royal United Services Institute (follow him … Continue reading

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