The Turkish Predicament: From Strategic Ally to Strategic Challenge?
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Sep , 1, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Pinery at the Hill


Not too long ago, Turkey was hailed as a strategic ally and a model country for the Middle East, exemplifying the compatibility of Islam, democracy, secularism and western orientation. Today, this model is no more. Turkey’s strategic alliance with the United States and its democratic journey has been derailed by a series of challenges ranging from the autocratic tendencies of President Erdogan, to the Kurdish problem at home and regional instability in Syria and Iraq. This presentation will focus on what went wrong in Turkey and Turkish-American relations with a focus on domestic and regional dynamics facing this geo-strategically crucial country.

Friday, September 1, 2017

11:30 a.m. Luncheon

12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Program

Registration deadline August 29, 2017


Pinery at the Hill

775 W. Bijou Street (free parking available)



Ömer Taşpınar, Professor of National Security Strategy, U.S. National War College and Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center on 21st Century Security and Intelligence

Dr. Ömer Taşpınar is Professor of National Security Strategy at the U.S. National War College and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center on 21st Century Security and Intelligence.  Dr. Taspinar was previously Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies where he continues to teach as adjunct faculty.

His research focuses on Turkey; Europe; Middle East; American Foreign Policy; Muslim Minorities in Europe; Political Economy; and Islamic Radicalism. Dr. Taşpınar is the author of two books: “Political Islam and Kurdish Nationalism in Turkey” (Routledge, 2005) and with Philip H. Gordon, “Winning Turkey: How America, Europe and Turkey can Revive a Fading Partnership” (Brookings, 2008). Dr. Taspinar is a frequent contributor to Turkish, European and American media and policy journals.


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