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Nuclear deterrence, missile systems and the security of Turkey in the 'new' Middle East


McLean, W and Dwyer, J, Nuclear deterrence, missile systems and the security of Turkey in the 'new' Middle East, Insight Turkey, 17, (3) pp. 141-162. ISSN 1302-177X (2015) [Refereed Article]

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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.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Turkey, ballistic missile defence, NATO, China, nuclear weapons, deterrencey
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:International relations
Objective Division:Defence
Objective Group:Defence
Objective Field:National security
UTAS Author:McLean, W (Dr Wayne McLean)
UTAS Author:Dwyer, J (Mr James Dwyer)
ID Code:104990
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Arts, Law and Education
Deposited On:2015-12-02
Last Modified:2016-09-19

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