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(Out in the) cold Turkey – Eurasia Group | Top Risks for 2021 – Risk 7

Turkey narrowly averted a financial crisis at the end of last year. But Ankara’s fix was a Band-Aid and won’t last through 2021. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan approved a shift to more orthodox monetary policy in late 2020 with the appointment of a credible team and pro-market measures. Markets have given Turkey the benefit of …

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West’s Indecision Only Emboldens Erdogan – Newsmax.com

As other crises take center stage for the Trump administration’s national security team, the dangerous ambitions of Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkey have been spreading instability across the Mideast and North Africa (MENA). For years Erdogan made no secret of his intention to restore the Ottoman Empire and become the sultan who will re-establish the Islamic …

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US Goes to Economic War Against NATO Ally Turkey: Time for a Civil Divorce? – Antiwar.com

As for NATO, the US should reconsider its own role, since the Russia as threat meme is radically overblown and the Europeans are well able to defend themselves, a responsibility they should have taken over years ago. In the meantime, the alliance should reconsider Ankara’s membership. The Erdogan government cannot be trusted and even its successor is not likely to abandon nationalistic objectives popular with the Turkish public. NATO’s southeast anchor against Moscow isn’t useful if Turks look more favorably on Russia than their nominal allies. It also is embarrassing to all if a member of the transatlantic alliance is oppressing its people at home and fomenting conflict abroad.

Of course, the US should not treat Turkey as an enemy, for it is not one. However, Washington should drop the illusion that Ankara is an ally. In practice, Turkey is a frenemy, a state with often contrary and sometimes hostile objectives, though willing to cooperate when interests coincide. In this way Turkey is similar to Russia, once the Washington Beltway’s Russophobia is stripped away. Disagreements are real, but not existential. Areas for cooperation exist, but are limited.

Turkey forges a strategic future independent of Russia and the West – The Strategist

Recent analysis of Turkey’s foreign policy tends to focus on several complementary narratives. Ankara is seen to be slowly moving away from its NATO partners and towards Russia. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to be pursuing a strategy of balancing the West and Moscow against each other, but this balancing act is viewed as …

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Alienating Turkey is a strategic mistake – Washington Examiner

Tensions between Turkey and its NATO allies are intensifying. Some observers are even speculating that the country should be ejected or suspended from NATO. Such drastic moves are unlikely to succeed, but the escalating alienation of Turkey by the United States and the European Union is self-destructive for the West and assist NATO’s chief adversaries. …

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Turkey’s year of belligerence – Politico

Paul Taylor, a contributing editor at POLITICO, writes the Europe At Large column.  PARIS — It’s time to talk Turkey. A joint approach to reining in President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s dangerous adventurism in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Caucasus should be high on the European Union’s priority list for collaboration with the incoming …

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Beware, Turkey: Bargain Priced M1117 Guardians Heading to Greece – The National Interest

The Greek military could soon have some slightly used “Guardians” to help protect its rugged countryside. Over the summer the U.S. Congress approved the sale of 1,200 used 4×4 M1117 Guardian Armored Security Vehicles (ASV) at what can only be described as a truly discounted price, and those vehicles could soon be headed to Greece. …

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US and Turkey target each other in NATO meeting – Politico

Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed Turkey during a virtual meeting of NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday, accusing Ankara of stoking tensions with fellow allies in the Mediterranean and of giving a gift to the Kremlin by purchasing a Russian-made anti-aircraft system. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu fired back, accusing Pompeo of phoning …

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“Turkey today is to radical Islamism what Saudi Arabia was in the 20th century” – American Enterprise Institute

“Every dictator wakes upwondering if today could be his last” states Michael Rubin for TurkishPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an interview with Evangelos D. Kokkinos forpentapostagma.gr. The respected analyst of AmericanEnterprise Institute (AEI) and former Pentagon official, analyzes what thechanges of the political landscape in the USA will bring to US-Turkeyrelations and the consequences that they …

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How Turkey Brought Down its Own Air Force – The National Interest

Here’s What You Need To Remember: Numerous senior and field-grade officers were purged. More than 300 F-16 pilots were dismissed. This defanged the Turkish military as a political threat, and strengthened the increasingly authoritarian rule of Erdogan and his neo-Ottoman Justice and Development Party, which has imprisoned many journalists. But it left a gaping question: who …

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Turkey vs. the West: A tug of war beyond the Aegean – Jewish News Syndicate

“On the one year anniversary of Turkey’s invasion and occupation of Rojava (Northeast Syria), Erdoğan is seeking to distract Turks from Turkey’s failed democracy and faltering domestic economy by war-mongering in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, and the Eastern Mediterranean. Turkey and its jihadist proxies are also threatening another Armenian Genocide, targeting Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh.

“NATO is more than a security alliance. It is a coalition of countries with shared values. Turkey under Erdoğan’s dictatorship is Islamist, anti-American, and hostile to Europe. Turkey’s application to join NATO would be discarded immediately if it applied today.”

Strong French Navy Presence in the Eastern Mediterranean – Naval News

The French Navy has dispatched three surface vessels to form a Surface Action Group (SAG) in the Eastern Med. French État-major des armées picture. Since November 6, the French Navy has dispatched three surface vessels to form the Surface Action Group (SAG) in the Eastern Med: First in class stealth frigate La Fayette Georges Leygues-class …

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