2019 Geopolitical

Turbulent Times: Turkey’s Tenuous Relationship with the West

Event Date Thu Jan 3, 2019
Event Time 6 AM
Four Seasons Resort VailOne Vail Road | Vail

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has recently been back in the news with the exposure of the Saudi Arabian murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. This is occurring against the background of democratic regression, rise of religious nationalism and growing economic woes in Turkey, all occurring under his stewardship of the country. Once lauded as a model for democratic transformation and economic success, the growing tensions with the United States and Europe raise significant questions about the future of the Turkish relationship and its role in the greater Middle East.

What is the likely relationship of Turkey with the EU? What is the role as a current member of NATO, especially as Turkey appears to get closer to Russia? What is to become of the millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey and Turkey’s involvement in the Syria crisis?

In this special program, Kemal Kirişci will provide a balanced view of Turkey’s historic and future role, describing the challenges the country faces as well as its potential to advance.

This program is generously underwritten by Brian Stockmar and Nina & Ken Wise.


Kemal Kirişci

Kemal Kirişci

TÜSİAD senior fellow