Threat Perceptions in Southern Europe: The Case of Turkey
The steady and so far successful march of forces of change in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe in the last few years has overhauled the post-war politico-military order of close to half a century in Europe. The dynamic new processes and developments they have set in motion internally and externally have ushered in profound changes at the international systemic level, eliminating the ideological-political division of the Continent and making the Cold War redundant. Moreover, the final outcome is still undecided. Therefore, any endeavour that aims to draw an accurate picture of the current trends and perceptions must proceed with great caution.
KeywordsBallistic Missile Threat Perception Warsaw Pact Soviet Power Cuban Missile Crisis
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Notes and References
- 1.For evolving Turkish threat perceptions since mid-1980s referred to in this text, see the following statements and views by government officials: Vahit#### Halefoglu (then Minister of Foreign Affairs), ‘Allies and Partners’ NATO Review, no. 34 (February 1986) pp. 1–6; Safa Giray (Minister of Defence), ‘Turkey’s Contribution to European Defence’, New Europe, no. 2 (Winter 1989–90) pp. 33–9Google Scholar
- Turgut Özal (then Prime Minister, now President of Turkey), ‘Turkey in the Southern Flank’, Defence Yearbook 1989 (London: Brassey’s, 1989) pp. 3–9Google Scholar