The EU-NATO-Turkey Nexus: Transatlantic Desires vs. Neo-Ottoman Ambitions
In the last few decades Turkey has gone from a reliable NATO ally and a hopeful EU candidate to a pariah within the transatlantic community, and a change in policy towards Turkey is necessary in order to inspire a shift in behaviour from the wayward state. In this policy paper, Frederik Brekk proposes a three-pronged strategy leveraging Turkey’s prioritisation of its economy, security concerns, and desire to become a relevant regional power in the Middle East in order to entice the country back towards the West. The transatlantic community must act in a cohesive and decisive manner to effectively engage with Turkey, particularly due to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s penchant for pitting states against each other.
Policy Paper – Frederik Brekk, August 2021
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