Turkey's Plans for Missile Defense are Shaping Up

Publication Date: 
August 2012

Arms Control and Regional Security for the Middle East

The Advanced Methods of Cooperative Security Program

Turkey has recently intensified its quest for a national air and missile defense system. However, problems still abound as NATO has given Turkey a marginal role to host an early-warning radar system and did not provide a security assurance to protect the entire Turkish territory against missile threats. Turkey’s position is further complicated by alliance politics and regional security considerations as the decision to host the radar has antagonized Iran.