Turkey couldn’t join NATO if it applied today – analyst

Turkey would probably not qualify for membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation if it were to apply today, wrote David L. Phillips, director of Columbia University’s Program on Peace-building and Rights.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has accused the United States of undermining NATO through its support for Kurdish militants in Syria, but it is Turkey that has betrayed the alliance, Phillips said in editorial for Washington-based news website, Axios.

The government in Ankara helped create Islamic State (ISIS) by providing weapons and logistical support to jihadists starting in 2014, it wants to buy S400 missiles from Russia, and it functions like a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, he said.

“Unlike Turkey, which is increasingly Islamist, Kurds are secular and staunchly pro-American,” he said. “The Kurdish administration in Syria is a model of grass-roots democracy, environmental sustainability and women’s empowerment.”

Phillips is the author of "An Uncertain Ally: Turkey Under Erdoğan’s Dictatorship."