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Turkey and the Dual-Key Arrangement: Ankara’s Interest in Using Nuclear Weapons

Turkey has hosted American nuclear weapons since February 1959.¬†Negotiations with Turkey for the deployment of a Jupiter missile squadron began on 10 September 1959. As of 16 September, the Turkish government accepted the U.S. draft proposal for the Jupiters without … 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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Turkey’s Satellite Launch Vehicle: Turkish Opacity Leads to WMD Concerns

In 1453, Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II opted for cunning, rather than brute force, during his conquest of Constantinople. After failing to penetrate Byzantine defenses at the mouth of the Bosporus strait, the powerful Sultan ordered his men to roll his … 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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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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2025: Turkey’s Looming Nuclear Weapons Deadline

Turkey has hosted American nuclear weapons on its territory since 1961. The weapons are slated for use by both the American and Turkish air force. If the order were given by the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe (SACEUR), American and … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Nuclear Missiles: An Important Player in the Cuban Missile Crisis

Ankara has been a quiet and enthusiastic supporter of the forward deployment of nuclear weapons for decades. During the Cold War, Turkey, like other countries in the NATO alliance, worried about the willingness of the United States to use nuclear … Continue reading

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