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[In-Person] Turkey: The Geopolitical Ambitions of a Middle Power

Abstract: In recent years Turkey has sought to pursue a foreign policy independent of its NATO allies, including the United States. This strategy is often misunderstood as "Turkey leaving the West." Yet it is not so much about being either in the East or a member of the West, but Turkey being Turkey--a central European, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Muslim power in its own right.  

Speaker:  Steven A. Cook is Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is an expert on Arab and Turkish politics as well as U.S.-Middle East policy. Cook is the author of False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle EastThe Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square, which won the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s gold medal in 2012; and Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey.

Cook has published widely in foreign policy journals, opinion magazines, and newspapers, and he is a frequent commentator on radio and television. He also currently writes the blog From the Potomac to the Euphrates.

Cook holds a BA in international studies from Vassar College, an MA in international relations from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and both an MA and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. He speaks Arabic and Turkish and reads French.

Location: 3300 University Blvd, Carr Collins Hall, Tower Center Boardroom, Room 227 

Thursday, October 27, 2022
5:30pm - 6:30pm
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Registration is required. There are 42 seats available.

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