Briefing on Turkey and the future of NATO


26 July 2018

Turkey is likely to continue to test but not overstep the limits of the NATO alliance

  • Turkey’s relationship with NATO has been corroded by internal divisions and divergent strategic priorities
  • Growing cooperation with Russia has added to concerns that Turkey is pivoting away from the West
  • But despite seeking greater autonomy, Turkey remains dependent on military integration with its NATO allies

The recent NATO summit in Brussels ended in acrimony, leaving growing questions over the future of the alliance. At the centre of many of these questions is Turkey, whose strategic location and large standing army makes it an integral NATO member, but whose relationship with its allies has become increasingly strained…

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