Middle Eastern Studies April / Volume:13 / No:2

Analyzing Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty as an Assurance of Turkey’s Security

How useful Article 5 is in providing collective defense has become a matter of discussion in Turkey, particularly in recent years. This study has analyzed Turkey’s formal critical narrative about the article’s benefits. Article 5 is also known as the “O ne for all and all for one” principle and concluded that facts and beliefs are different from each other. The study argues that NATO membership secured the Turkish state, and Turkey’s position is no different from other members in terms of collective defense. It also found out that the reliance on Article 5 has diminished among member states due to waning loyalty to the organization. Furthermore, some NATO members’ passive postures estranged Turkey from the alliance.