Greece and NATO: A Nettlesome Relationship
Coming as it did during a hot stage of the early Cold War, the entry of Greece (along with Turkey) into NATO in February 1952 represented a seemingly natural merging of security policies for it and the quite young alliance. Greece had succeeded in ending its costly civil war against communist-led forces several months after the early spring 1949 signing of the North Atlantic Treaty. This conflict, supported by the newly-ensconced communist regimes to Greece’s north, along with the Soviet Union’s pressures on Turkey, had provided the backdrop for the proclamation of the Truman Doctrine in March 1947 and confirmed the US commitment to a containment policy.
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