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Why is Turkey’s NATO membership valuable?

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NATO’s entire staff of diplomats, military officers and employees are these days waiting excitedly to move to the alliance’s new headquarters. The old HQ, which has served the alliance for the past 50 years, recently hosted NATO foreign ministers for the last time, just days before the entire relocation begins. Heads of government and heads of state from NATO countries will meet in the new premises at the NATO summit to take place in July.

The changing of premises is taking place at a time when security challenges are tough in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and beyond, with NATO-Russia tension likely to escalate in the coming period. Unfortunately, there is little sign of improvement in global peace and stability.

It is in this context that one should analyze Turkey’s place in the alliance. It is no secret that there are some significant problems between Turkey and leading NATO countries, particularly the United States. There are scores of news reports in the Western media and commentaries released by Western think tanks questioning Turkey’s place in the alliance. Ankara’s developing ties with Russia, its plans to procure Russian S-400 anti-ballistic missile systems, and ongoing tension with the U.S. in Syria have........

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