The Middle East Command: An Idea in the Making, 1951–56



Although military co-operation remained the centrepiece of US-Turkish co-operation, the base had gradually broadened to include discussions on bilateral military aid and training, NATO, the goal of a Middle East defence organisation and the right strategy to pursue with the Arab states. Because of Turkish participation in the Marshall Plan and the European Economic Committee, economic matters were also more frequently on the agenda, and the United States responded to the efforts Turkey was making to liberalise its economic system and attract US investment.


Middle East Middle Eastern Military Training Arab State Paris Declaration 
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© George McGhee 1990

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