After ten years of thorough investigation, the IAEA found no evidence of any undeclared or clandestine nuclear activities in Turkey.
Economic interests, combined with national security considerations, give Turkey an incentive not to seek nuclear weapons.
Turkey is a rising economic and political force with the ability to affect dynamics in the greater Middle East, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. To meet its rising energy needs, the country—already an important actor in the international nuclear order—plans to establish nuclear power plants on its territory.
Why on earth would Turkey prevent a NATO ally from prosecuting a suspected Iranian nuclear smuggler who had been arrested in Turkey?
One hundred years later, the issue of the Armenian Genocide still remains a contentious issue between Armenia and Turkey.
Modern jihadist organizations have taken advantage of continued instability to make themselves into territorialized organizations which frequently cross established state borders, such as the Islamic State.
Turkey has figured in a recent case where nonproliferation interests and perceived strategic interests collided.
Europe needs a more concerted effort to tackle the interlinked challenges of radicalization and Islamophobia. Embracing Turkey’s European dream may be part of the solution.
Undoubtedly, the Syrian civil war will find its place in the history books as the ultimate example of cynical realpolitik.
A more assertive relationship with Turkey is in store for the European Union, but the assertiveness will likely be both ways.