№116: Turkey’s Rise as a Reluctant Ally Faced with the Russian Threat Cover Image

№116: Turkey’s Rise as a Reluctant Ally Faced with the Russian Threat
№116: Turkey’s Rise as a Reluctant Ally Faced with the Russian Threat

Author(s): Pinar Elman
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Politics, International relations/trade, Security and defense, Military policy
Published by: Polski Instytut Spraw Międzynarodowych
Keywords: Turkey; Russia; international relations
Summary/Abstract: While actively contributing to NATO exercises and operations that confirm Turkey’s commitmentto the Alliance, Ankara has also actively avoided cooperating with the Western political andeconomic efforts to curb Russian aggression in Ukraine. Turkey’s low-level involvement, shaped bysecurity concerns, economic needs, yet at the same time its consolidating dependence on Moscow,and its optimistic opportunism, increasingly raise concerns about possible prospects of a Turkish pivotaway from the Euro-Atlantic community. But even while distancing itself from NATO, it may be inTurkey’s interests to rebalance its policy by supporting the stability of Ukraine and closer cooperationwith the EU.

  • Page Count: 4
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Language: English