According to Elizabeth Shackelford, a senior employee of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and an American diplomat, after the election of Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2002 and his Justice and Development Party, the West believes that Turkey has changed. According to the diplomat, Turkey’s anti-democratic nature reflects badly on NATO, and this undermines the security of the alliance. “The Turkish President is playing with both sides and with Russia and NATO. Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense systems was the biggest blow to NATO,” she added. “If NATO no longer trusts Turkey, which is obvious, then the option of getting rid of it should be considered,” concluded diplomat Elizabeth Shackelford.