AssessmentsJan 21, 2020 | 09:30 GMTIn Turkey, the Road to Proliferation Goes Through a Military Base
The United States has troops scattered at bases throughout the Middle East, but few are as significant today as its facilities in Turkey -- at least in terms of their political significance, if not their military function. Last month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to retaliate against any U.S. sanctions by, among other measures, expelling the United States from Incirlik Air Base and closing down the Kurecik radar base. From an American military standpoint, losing Incirlik and Kurecik wouldn't be the end of the world, as Washington could easily find alternative locations elsewhere in the Middle East. The country's potential expulsion, however, could have far-reaching consequences, potentially even precipitating a Turkish nuclear arms program -- which could touch off a race for atomic weapons around the region.