Defying warnings and threats of sanctions from its NATO allies, Turkey went ahead with its purchase of the Russian S400 missile defense system. The first elements of the system arrived in Turkey last summer. Subsequently, the US has removed Turkey from the F35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Turkey will not be able to import any F-35s, and its aerospace industry will lose out on billions of dollars in F-35 contract work and the associated technology transfer. But Turkey still needs fighter jets. The Middle East Institute (MEI) Frontier Europe Initiative is pleased to host a panel of experts to discuss the future of Turkey’s defense posture.
What are Turkey's options? Can Russia fill the gap? Where does Turkey's S400 decision and the US decision to kick Turkey out of the F35 program leave NATO? Will this lead to a fundamental shift in Turkey's geostrategic outlook?
Adjunct instructor, Department of International Relations, Bilkent University
Director, Middle East Program, Foreign Policy Research Institute
Senior fellow and associate professor, Moscow State Institute of International Relations
Gonul Tol, moderator
Director of Turkey Program and senior fellow, Frontier Europe Initiative, MEI