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Opinion: Scenarios for Turkey’s role in NATO

Turkey’s political behavior poses problems for NATO, of which it is an important member. Until recently, the country was a formidable partner of the Western alliance in its confrontation with the Soviet Union and a buffer against threats from the Middle East. Turkey still fields the alliance’s second-largest army, after the U.S., but its national interests in the region are no longer aligned with U.S. and European plans. This dissonance poses political, strategic and operational dilemmas to ponder in the NATO headquarters in Europe and in the Pentagon.

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