Tag Archives: Tactical Nuclear Weapons

Thinking about Turkey’s [NATO] Nuclear Posture

Turkey has hosted American nuclear weapons since 1957. In 1995, American B61 gravity bombs were removed from Akinci and Balikesir air bases and consolidated at Incirlik air base, near Adana. As of now, the United States deploys between 60-70 nuclear … Continue reading

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Turkey, Tactical Nuclear Weapons, and Strategic Thinking

Apologies for my absence, I have been at back-to-back conferences about Syria and now about tactical nuclear weapons.  I presented my thoughts about Turkish nuclear decision-making about tactical nuclear weapons and missile defense. I have posted my presentation below (please … 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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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 Future (American) Nuclear Weapon

If everything goes to plan, Turkey will receive the United States’ newest nuclear weapon in 2019. Turkey currently hosts between 60 and 70 B61 gravity bombs at Incirlik air force base. During the Cold War, Turkish aircraft were on full … Continue reading

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