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Q&A with Turkey's Tacan Ildem: NATO unity must come first

Trans-Atlantic alliance will widen its international aspect with China in picture

Tacan Ildem, former NATO assistant secretary-general for public diplomacy, says the U.S. and Turkey need to overcome mutual distrust and strengthen the trans-Atlantic alliance. (Anadolu Agency)

NEW YORK/ISTANBUL -- In the next decade, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will face a world of competing great powers and will need to adapt to new realities, according to a recent report offering a set of analyses and recommendations by 10 advisers to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

Tacan Ildem is a member of that brain trust, known as the Reflection Group, and a former NATO assistant secretary-general for public diplomacy. He sat down with Nikkei Asia to discuss the challenges the trans-Atlantic alliance faces, and how his home country of Turkey fits in.

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