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Updated: Feb 18, 2011

Partner, Mediator, Spoiler, or all Three?
Examining Turkey's Role in U.S. Nonproliferation Priorities

A panel discussion held in Washington DC on January 26, 2011.

Under the leadership of the AKP government and its policy of "strategic depth," Turkey has taken an increasingly assertive role in regional and global politics. Ankara's good relations with Iran and other Middle Eastern states provide both challenges and opportunities to the United States. While Turkey continues to be a key strategic partner to the United States and NATO, its priorities concerning Iran, NATO decisions on missile defense, and the development of nuclear fuel cycle capabilities in the region do not alway align with those of the United States.

The panelists examine both how Turkey's domestic politics are shaping its choices on these issues and how competing strategic interests constrain U.S. policy responses.

Where do opportunities exist for the United States to improve its partnership with Turkey on nonproliferation?

Panelists

  • Jessica C. Varnum
  • Leon Fuerth
  • Dr. Stephen Larrabee

Moderated by Dr. Jeffrey Lewis

Watch the Discussion

Watch Video [Image: Jessica Varnum ] Watch Jessica Varnum
Jessica Varnum, NTI Project Manager and Research Associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, examines both how Turkey's domestic politics are shaping its choices on these issues and how competing strategic interests constrain U.S. policy responses.
Watch Video [Image: Stephen Larrabee ] Watch Stephen Larrabee
Dr. Stephen Larrabee, Distinguished Chair in European Security, RAND Corporation, examines both how Turkey's domestic politics are shaping its choices on these issues and how competing strategic interests constrain U.S. policy responses.
Watch Video [Image: Leon Fuerth ] Watch Leon Fuerth
Leon Fuerth, Research Professor of International Affairs at the George Washington University, examines both how Turkey's domestic politics are shaping its choices on these issues and how competing strategic interests constrain U.S. policy responses.
Watch Video [Image: Panel ] Watch the Q&A Session
The panelists examine both how Turkey's domestic politics are shaping its choices on these issues and how competing strategic interests constrain U.S. policy responses.

 

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