Category Archives: Nuclear Weapons

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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Turkey: Nonproliferation Norms and Nuclear Weapons

In the wake of North Korea’s third nuclear test, I thought it prudent to re-evaluate Turkey’s nonproliferation policies. While Turkish foreign policy remains largely focused on its immediate periphery, the DPRK’s nuclear test is likely to harden Ankara’s commitment to … Continue reading

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Playing it Safe: the German Election and Tactical Nuclear Weapons

Andrea Berger – a research fellow for nuclear analysis at the Royal United Services Institute in London – kindly agreed to contribute to Turkey Wonk. You can follow her on Twitter at @AndreaRBerger. The views presented here are her own. [Editors … 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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Syrian Chemical Weapons and U.S. Nuclear Targeting

Is Syria a nuclear target? The short answer is yes. The long answer, however, is a bit more complicated. In the April 2010 Nuclear Posture Review the United States declared that it would not use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapons … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Nuclear Timeline

Turkey has a long history with nuclear energy and nuclear weapons. However, the history is not widely discussed, nor is it widely reported on in the Turkish press. Thus, I thought I would make an easy to follow timeline for … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Role in Bringing about a Region Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction

Apologies for neglecting the blog for the past couple of days, I have been at a conference discussing ways to help expedite the discussions for a zone banning weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. Efforts to bring this … Continue reading

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