Diversionary war: Turkey’s actions against Greece are a growing threat to NATO

  • Diversionary war: Turkey’s actions against Greece are a growing threat to NATO

    Posted by on June 23, 2022 at 10:55 AM

    Turkish obstructionism against Swedish and Finnish NATO membership, its limited offensive in Iraq, and its prospective offensive in Syria have grabbed international attention. But more significant is Turkey’s growing diplomatic tension with Greece, an ever-festering lesion that threatens to burst.  

    Considering Turkey’s domestic situation and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the United States must be wary. Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan could capitalize on international distraction and wage a diversionary war to boost his popularity, a conflict that would disrupt NATO’s cohesion and threaten the alliance. 

    Washington should act now to resolve the current incarnation of this long-standing Mediterranean dispute. 

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dominated Turkish politics since 2001, when his AKP party first won

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