NATO and Turkey.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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NATO has provided a general balance of power and European stability since the late 1940s. The Southern flank is vital to NATO not only from a military standpoint but also economically. Turkey plays a vital role in defending the Southern flank of NATO by safeguarding the Turkish Straits Bosporus, Sea of Marmara and Dardanelles and lines of communication to vital elements of the Middle East. Turkey maintains the largest armed forces in NATO after the United States. Although Turkey is trying to modernize its armed forces by using more than 25 of the general budget, it cannot be said that equipment obsolescence is being overtaken. On the other hand, Greece, in accordance with historic ambition, is creating problems in the Aegean Sea, and espousing policies which are anti-NATO. Unless these problems are properly addressed and security assistance to Turkey significantly increased, the deterrent role of NATO forces in the Southern Region will be increasingly and dramatically lessened. Author
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