Turkey’s Recalcitrance and NATO’s Nuisance

February 18th 2021 - 09:00

As the US retreats from its leadership role in Europe, Turkey has pursued an increasingly independent defense policy, attempting to position itself as a regional power and producing tensions with fellow NATO allies.

While strong interdependencies remain, conflict, not just of values, but of interests, has made the relationship between Turkey and NATO a tenuous one. The absence of European defense on the Biden agenda means that even in a post-Trump era, frictions between Turkey and NATO are set to remain.

What does this mean for the future of NATO-Turkey relations?

Find out in this new HCSS snapshot by Dorith Kool (HCSS), Patrick Bolder (HCSS) and Colonel (ret.) Murat Dogan (Turkish Army).

Patrick Bolder is an officer in the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Since January 2019 he is seconded to The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. His expertise lies in all Defence matters, with a focus on Military Space, Unmanned systems, European Defence issues and Nuclear Policy.
Dorith Kool is a Strategic Analyst at HCSS, where she contributes to projects commissioned by the Dutch ministries. Her primary interest and expertise lie in fragile states, contemporary conflict dynamics and the role of the armed forces, with a special interest in the security implications of climate change. Among other topics, she has conducted research on geopolitics, geoeconomics and the nexus between water and conflict, the security sector in fragile states, civil-military relations, and migration. She also has experience working as an Arabic translator.