publication . Thesis . 2001

Turkey's response to threats of weapons of mass destruction

Al, Guray.;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Dec 2001
  • Publisher: Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Abstract
Unlike most of its NATO allies, Turkey did not emerge from the Cold War with enhanced security. The acquisition of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and ballistic missiles by its neighbors in the Middle Eastâ Iran, Iraq and Syriaâ creates a serious security concern for Turkey. This thesis analyzes the numerous threats posed to Turkey by its neighborsα nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and their ballistic missiles. It evaluates Turkeyαs defense options to counter these threats and examines the credibility of NATOαs security guarantees, including the nuclear guarantees the United States provides under NATO auspices. The thesis concludes that Tur...
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