Turkey, the NATO Summit, and After
The Lisbon Summit outcomes are good news for Turkey. The Alliance is finally turning to strategic challenges more relevant to Turkey’s neighborhood. Even on the hotly debated question of missile defense, the agreed approach enhances Turkish security and improves the outlook for cooperation with Russia. Above all, the Lisbon experience suggests that some aspects of Turkish foreign policy remain cautious and traditional, and the NATO connection still matters when it comes to working with Ankara. Putting all of this into practice will not be easy. But getting it right could help reverse the sharp slide in Turkish public attitudes toward NATO — if political leaders are willing to take up the challenge.
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