This article explores Turkey’s changing regional security and Ankara’s
pursuit of a missile defense shield. We assess three options available
to Turkey’s strategic policy makers. The first avenue is maintenance of the
status quo and continued integration into NATO’s ballistic missile defense
systems. The second is a break away from NATO systems, to pursue an
indigenous system, based on Chinese technology, but developed as part of
the T-LORAMIDS program, under full Turkish control. The third involves
the development of military dimensions to its nascent civilian nuclear program,
in order to provide a strong deterrent in this problematic region.
The article wraps up its finding by coming to the conclusion that Turkey
is attempting to maximize its security position by pursuing a multilayered
combination of the three options above.