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Turkey-NATO Relations at the 60th Anniversary 21 mars 2012

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Policy Update (GPoT Center) No. 2, March 2012, 6 p.

by Sofia Hafdell *

After 60 years of membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Turkey’s role in the alliance stands strong amid new security threats and challenging regional change. It also largely corresponds to the New Strategic Concept of the 2010 Lisbon Summit, outlining the range of principles to which the members must adopt in order to continue effective cooperation and meet new responses, capabilities and partners (NATO, 2010). In light of this, Turkey’s strategic geography is crucial for the new security environment in the Euro-Atlantic region and beyond. Taking the recent examples of the intervention in Libya and the missile defense system, this policy update will highlight the importance of Turkey’s role within NATO regardless of initial foreign policy disagreements with the alliance and recent negative trends in Turkish public opinion towards the West.

* Sofia Hafdell is an intern at GPoT Center. She is currently an undergraduate student studying IR at Malmö University in Sweden. She has previously studied at University of Sydney and Istanbul Kültür University.

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