Turkey's Strategic Environment After the Cold War: Risks and Opportunities.
Strategy research project,
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The purpose of this paper is to analyze regional issues effecting Turkeys strategic environment, and to identify their impact on Turkeys future relations with the West and its status as a NATO member. Turkeys strategic environment has greatly changed since the end of the Cold War. NATO no longer looks to Turkey for protection against the Soviet Union. As a result, Western attention to Turkey has gradually declined. At the same time, however, Turkey finds itself virtually surrounded by unfriendly and unstable states, rife with armed conflicts that risk spillover across its borders. Internally, Turkey is challenged by religious fundamentalism, human rights abuses, and a violent Kurdish independence movement. The results of this analysis portray Turkey as a troubled yet growing regional power and continued key member of NATO, providing a check against Iran, a possible resurgent Russia, and a gateway to the Middle East and Caspian Sea for trade and the regions strategic oil reserves.
- Government and Political Science