Monday, November 18, 2019 2:00 PM
Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
Middle Eastern Studies Program
The Shattering Alliance: Turkish-American Relations and the Syrian Debacle
Turkey has been a member of the Western camp
and a loyal ally of the United States since 1946. But this strategic
partnership is now on the verge of total collapse due to the two countries’
diverging policy interests and preferences in Syria. Due to the ongoing
partisan crises and ideological polarization on the domestic front, and the
lack of historical and political knowledge of the region, the public debate on
recent developments in northern Syria has been insufficient.
In this respect, a panel of experts, under
Prof. Yüksel Sezgin’s moderation, will discuss:
have Turkish-American relations evolved in the context of civil war in Syria?
have been the changing policy preferences of Turkish and American
administrations from Obama to Trump?
the YPG fighters? What do they want?
will happen to ISIS?
still possible to salvage Turkish-American relations, and find a peaceful
solution to the crisis in Syria?
The panel will include Dr. Soner Cagaptay
Dr. Soner Cagaptay is the Beyer Family fellow and director of
the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute. He has
written extensively on U.S.-Turkish relations, Turkish domestic politics, and
Turkish nationalism, publishing in scholarly journals and major international
print media, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Foreign Affairs, and The
Atlantic. He appears regularly on Fox News, CNN, NPR, BBC, and
CNN-Turk. His latest book, Erdogan's Empire: Turkey and the Politics of the
Middle East, was
published in September 2019 by I.B. Tauris.
Dr. Aaron Stein is the Director of the Middle East Program and a 2019 Templeton Fellow
at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Previously, Dr. Stein was a resident
senior fellow of the Atlantic Council, where he managed their Turkey-related
research program, oversaw work on nonproliferation in the Middle East with a
focus on Iran, and researched non-state actors in the Middle East, with a
particular focus on Kurdish groups in Syria and Iraq. He is the author of Turkey's New Foreign Policy:
Davutoglu, the AKP, and the Pursuit of Regional OrderWhitehall Papers, 2015).
Sponsored by Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, and Middle Eastern Studies Program
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