Turkey & NATO in a Changing World: What Priorities for Leaders at the NATO Summit 2014?
From Syria’s Civil War to Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, recent events around Turkey’s immediate borders have put the spotlight on Ankara’s alliance with NATO to preserve the security in the region. In its south, Turkey relies on NATO’s Patriot missiles for the protection against potential Syrian missile attacks, and in its north, Russia’s seizure of the Ukrainian fleet have forced Turkey and NATO to raise concerns over the balance of power in the Black Sea.
These challenges highlight the importance of answering the questions of what NATO Allies, including Turkey, want after the NATO Summit 2014. Should NATO defend those beyond its borders like it did in Libya, or return to the roots of a territorial-focused Alliance? Does NATO need more global partners, and how can these partnerships strengthen the Alliance? Are the political-military foundations of the Alliance deep enough to maintain strong capabilities and well-trained armed forces?
Ambassador Douglas Lute, Permanent Representative of the United States to NATO
Mr. Oğuzhan Ertuğrul, Deputy General Director for Euro-Atlantic Security and Defense Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkey
Mr. Timo Koster, Director of Defense Policy and Capabilities, NATO HQ
Ambassador Özdem Sanberk, President, International Strategic Research Centre (USAK)