A COMPLICATED DECISION: WHY TURKEY IS NOT LIKELY TO FOLLOW IN IRAN'S NUCLEAR FOOTSTEPS


Stein A., UDUM Ş.

TURKISH POLICY QUARTERLY, cilt.11, ss.141-148, 2012 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 11 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2012
  • Dergi Adı: TURKISH POLICY QUARTERLY
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.141-148

Özet

The regional security dilemma stemming from Iran's nuclear program has led many to speculate about whether or not Turkey will opt to pursue a nuclear weapons capability. Since 2006, Turkey has been named as one of the states likely to seek out nuclear weapons if Iran were to decide to develop its own nuclear arsenal. These assumptions, however, do not account for Ankara's long held and consistent policies on nonproliferation and nuclear weapons. This paper explores Turkey's approach to nuclear issues and identifies the numerous constraints a Turkish leader would face when making the decision to pursue for a nuclear weapon.