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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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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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“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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Crete at center of converging, conflicting interests for Turkey, Greece in EastMed – Al Monitor

Greek Minister of Defense Nikos Panagiotopoulos has announced plans to create a new Hellenic naval base on Crete as Greece leverages its southernmost island as a pillar of security policy in the Eastern Mediterranean amid ongoing tensions with Turkey. Periklis Zorzovilis, head of the Athens-based Institute for Security and Defense Analysis, told Al-Monitor that from a geostrategic standpoint, …

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Erdogan triples down on imperial fanaticism – Washington Examiner

Where does this leave us?

Well, with the increasing obvious but sad reality that Erdogan is no longer a partner to Europe’s or America’s democratic security. Instead, Erdogan requires confrontation. The United States should join with the European Union in preparing sanctions on the Turkish central bank. The Turkish lira is already at pathetic lows (in no insignificant part, thanks to Erdogan’s economic mismanagement). Let’s see whether the sultan feels so supreme when his economy implodes.

Can Russia benefit from Turkey-Greece spat? – Al Monitor

In mid-September, reports began to appear in Greek media suggesting the government is holding negotiations with Moscow regarding the upgrade of the Russian-made S-300PMU-1 into the S-300PMU-2 Favorit version. These days, the Greek press also writes that Athens may be ready to hold its first exercises in 15 years with the S-300s on the island of Crete. Even though the officials have not yet confirmed those rumors, the fact that those reports came out just as the dispute with Turkey was getting hotter implies that the leak might have come from the officials seeking to send a signal to Ankara. 

Sanction Turkey

The central concern here is Erdogan’s belief that he can shred European security with impunity. As with his policy toward the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, Erdogan sees a conflict with Greece or the threat thereof as a means to advance his interests. His rationale is ultimately imperial in nature. Determined to build a neo-Ottoman empire centered in Sunni Islamic populism, Erdogan sees the public subjugation of his competitors as fuel to his legacy agenda. Hated by Turkish nationalists, Greece presents unique appeal in this regard. Erdogan appears to have used the pretense of a diplomatic resolution to this crisis in order only to make Greece and the EU appear desperate for compromise and reciprocally weak.

Erdogan must not be allowed to succeed in this gambit.

Europe Must Take Its Fate Into Its Own Hands – The National Interest

“It is important that the EU includes a military component in its tool box, but its ability to have a muscular foreign policy will depend more on its mindset and its ability to translate other assets into “hard power”. In that context, instead of asking Germany to fulfil the 2% goal, the rest of the EU should ask Germany to weaponize the other 98% of its economy and put its trading power at the service of Europe’s strategic goals.”

Azerbaijan’s assault against Armenia threatens Democracy everywhere – TheHill

On September 27, Azerbaijan began a coordinated full-scale aerial and missile attack on Artsakh, Armenia. Turkey has played an especially active role by not only supporting, but also driving much of Azerbaijan’s aggression. It has provided its proxy with foreign mercenaries and the full extent of its military arsenal, including its F-16s . In fact, shortly after the assault on Artsakh …

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Senators push for Turkey sanctions after reports Ankara used Russian system to detect US-made jets – TheHill

A bipartisan pair of senators is pushing the Trump administration to sanction Turkey amid reports that it is testing a Russian-made missile defense system using U.S.-made jets. For years, U.S. lawmakers have raised concerns about NATO ally Turkey’s purchase of the Russian-made S-400 air defense system and have urged sanctions that are required by U.S. …

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