No issue is more urgent or central to achieving progress toward the goal of creating an inclusive Euro-Atlantic Security Community than making European missile defense a joint project of the United States, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and Russia.
The Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative set out to identify the practical steps needed to secure the region’s future and to create new pathways to a more inclusive and effective Euro-Atlantic community, focusing on the military, human, and economic dimensions of security.
As Turkey continues to gain international prominence, its Western allies must put more effort consensus-building with Ankara and Turkey will have to recognize the limits of its new influence.
Europe must develop a strategic sense of itself, its influence, and its dependence on the global economy if it is to achieve stability and cohesion at home and play an active role abroad.
The Arab Spring is revealing the tensions between the ideals espoused by Turkish foreign policy and Ankara’s political, economic, and security interests.
An EU-Turkey foreign policy dialogue would help prevent Turkey’s EU accession process from breaking down and address Turkey’s rising status as a regional power and an independent international player.
Turkey’s approach to regional tensions and other looming security challenges is shaped by its deep commitment to building stability and cooperation in its neighborhood and the wider Euro-Atlantic community.
As Ankara’s perception of Moscow as a geopolitical opponent and threat to Turkish interests diminishes, bilateral Russian-Turkish relations are on an upward trend.
States of the Euro-Atlantic security community share basic interests and depend on one another for security, economic prosperity, and human development. To address modern security challenges, these states must revitalize the institutional foundations of their shared security community.
Achieving a genuinely collaborative approach to missile defense would address a common threat to the Euro-Atlantic region and help remove the misgivings that are blocking progress toward a common security space.