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Turbulent Times: Turkey’s Tenuous Relationship with the West

  • 06:00 PM
  • 970-476-0954

Turbulent Times: Turkey’s Tenuous Relationship with the West

Geopolitical Series

with Kemal Kirişci

Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; program begins at 6 p.m.

Four Seasons Resort Vail | 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.
Kemal Kirişci is the TÜSİAD senior fellow and director of the Center on the United States and Europe’s Turkey Project at Brookings, with an expertise in Turkish foreign policy and migration studies. Within the project, Kirişci runs the Turkey Project Policy Paper series and frequently writes on the latest developments out of Turkey.
His most recent book, “Turkey and the West: Fault Lines in a Troubled Alliance,” was published by the Brookings Institution Press in November 2017. He is the co-author of the monograph “The Consequences of Chaos: Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis and the Failure to Protect” (Brookings Institution Press, April 2016), which considers the long-term economic, political, and social implications of Syria’s displaced and offers policy recommendations to address the humanitarian crisis.
Before joining Brookings, Kirişci was a professor of international relations and held the Jean Monnet chair in European integration in the department of political science and international relations at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. His areas of research interest include EU-Turkish relations, U.S.-Turkish relations, Turkish foreign and trade policies, European integration, immigration issues, ethnic conflicts, and refugee movements.
His recent publications include “Not likely to go home: Syrian refugees and the challenges to Turkey—and the international community” (Brookings, September 2015), “Retracing the Caucasian Circle: Considerations and constraints for U.S., EU, and Turkish engagement in the South Caucasus” (Brookings, July 2015), “Syrian Refugees and Turkey’s Challenges: Going Beyond Hospitality” (Brookings, May 2014), and “TTIP and Turkey: The Geopolitical Dimension” in “The Geopolitics of TTIP:  Repositioning the Transatlantic Relationship for a Changing World,” Daniel S. Hamilton, ed. (Washington, D.C. Center for Transatlantic Relations, 2014; distributed by Brookings Institution Press). His first paper for Brookings was “Turkey and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Boosting the Model Partnership with the United States” (Brookings, September 2013).
Kemal Kirişci is the author of several books on Turkey including “Turkey and Its Neighbors: Foreign Relations in Transition” (co-authored with R. Linden et al; Lynne Reinner, 2011), “Land of Diverse Migrations: Challenges of Emigration and Immigration in Turkey” (co-edited with A. İçduygu; Bilgi University Press, 2009), “Turkish Immigrants in the European Union: Determinants of Immigration and Integration” (co-edited book with R.Erzan; Routledge, 2007), “Turkey In World Politics: An Emerging Multi-Regional Power” (co-edited with B. Rubin; Lynne Reinner, 2001), and “The Kurdish Question and Turkey: An Example of a Trans-State Ethnic Conflict”(co-authored with G. Winrow; Frank Cass, 1997).
Kirişci earned a doctorate in international relations from the City University, London; a master’s in international relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury, England; and a bachelor’s in finance and management from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. Kirişci has also extensively published articles on Turkish foreign policy, EU-Turkish relations and immigration in academic journals and numerous op-eds on current affairs in Turkey since joining Brookings.
This program is generously underwritten by Brian Stockmar and Nina & Ken Wise.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m.; the program will begin at 6 p.m. following a small reception. 

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