By Dionysios Chourchoulis

In 1951-52, the North Atlantic Treaty association tested the Southern Flank, a technique for the security of the jap Mediterranean within the chilly warfare related to Italy, Greece, and Turkey. between its many goals, the Southern Flank sought to mobilize those international locations as allies and combine them into the Western safety process. during the Nineteen Fifties, the alliance constructed the Southern Flank and in 1959 it used to be ultimately stabilized as fractious Greek-Turkish family have been enhanced by way of the transitority payment over Cyprus.

The Southern Flank of NATO, 1951–1959: army technique or Political Stabilization examines, between different issues, the preliminary negotiations of 1951-52, the Southern Flank’s constitution and serve as and relative worth in NATO’s total coverage, and the alliance’s reaction to the demanding situations within the japanese Mediterranean within the early chilly struggle. It explores not just the army points of the Southern Flank, but additionally the extra debatable political elements: the admission of Greece and Turkey to NATO, the short-lived army cooperation among those states and Yugoslavia in the course of 1953-55 and the results of the deterioration in Greek-Turkish kin from 1955 because of Cyprus. It additionally makes a speciality of the half performed by way of different significant individuals of the alliance, mostly the U.S. and Britain, in Southern Flank politics and process. hence, it considers how the us and the U.K. considered the ability stability among the 3 Southern Flank participants and the way the americans sought to steer affairs via monetary, army and technical suggestions, together with the development of U.S. bases in Italy, Greece, and Turkey.

The booklet additionally assesses the probability posed to the Southern Flank at numerous issues via emerging tensions within the center East. extra more often than not, the booklet illuminates the complexities of intra-alliance dynamics in a area jam-packed with chilly conflict tensions. besides the fact that, in its heart Eastern/Eastern Mediterranean local, it was once not just the chilly warfare that supplied tensions, because the Arab-Israeli dispute and the tensions of decolonization additional advanced the image. hence, the learn of the Southern Flank is a attempt case of a chilly struggle theater which used to be subjected to extra old pressures, making a nexus of difficulties which the Western Alliance had to tackle inside its attempt to answer a few of the demanding situations of the chilly War.

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