Nuclear Policy and Iran: An Opportunity for Turkey
The question of uranium enrichment lies at the core of the nuclear standoff with Iran. As Turkey strives to create a role for itself in the settlement of this dispute between Iran and the international community, it is doubtful Turkish policymakers are aware of the real political opportunity the crisis has created.
Turkey, a country transitioning to nuclear power that neighbors a crisis-prone Iran and is located in a region where the switch to nuclear power is expected to accelerate, needs to develop a comprehensive nuclear strategy. Such a policy change would strengthen the country’s credentials as an indispensable partner of the United States and the European Union who, in their respective security strategies, have jointly identified nuclear proliferation as a top security challenge.