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Not Quite 'Zero Problems': Ankara's Troubles in Syria


NATO's deployment of the Patriot missile-defence system to Turkey reflects how Ankara's foreign and security policy remains dependent on stronger allies

The ongoing civil conflict in Syria - a significant external security threat for neighbouring Turkey - has found Ankara unable to formulate a fully successful response. Shashank Joshi and Aaron Stein argue that the recent deployment of NATO's Patriot missile-defence system is a compromise solution that indicates how dependent Turkish defence and security policy still is on its Western allies.

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