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Between NATO and Russia: The Pieces of Turkey’s Puzzle 11 décembre 2012

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INSS Insight (Institute for National Securities Studies) No. 392, Dec 11, 2012

Gallia Lindenstrauss and Iftah Celniker *

It was one of the rare weeks since the outbreak of the Arab awakening that went well for Turkey. Between what was seen as a successful visit by Vladimir Putin to Istanbul on December 3, 2012 and NATO’s approval the following day of the deployment of Patriot missiles in Turkey, it seemed as if Turkey was currently playing its cards right. Unlike in previous cases, (1991, 2003) NATO responded rather swiftly to the Turkish request that Patriot batteries be deployed on its territory. This time it not only accepted Turkey’s request, but also managed to make Turkey feel that its membership in the alliance is not taken for granted, and that Turkey is a respected member. This is not a trivial matter when considering the degree of suspicion that exists between Turkey and some of its Western allies.

* Dr. Gallia Lindenstrauss is a research associate at INSS. Iftah Celniker is an intern at INSS.

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