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Turkey and the West: Navigating a Troubled Relationship

January 17 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis meets with Turkish Minister of National Defense Fikri Isik at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Feb. 15, 2017. (DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley)
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With an alliance that dates back to 1952, Turkey and the United States have maintained a seventy-year relationship. However, U.S.-Turkey relations have had their ups and downs. Disagreements in recent years over Syria and Turkish President Recep Erdoğan domestic policies have brought relations to new lows.

Beyond this, Turkey maintains a vital relationship with the EU. Where once there was a real possibility of joining the EU, Turkey now has had it’s membership bid all but put on indefinite hiatus over its’ repression of media and judicial independence.

Join the World Affairs Council and Kemal Kirişci, Director of the Turkey Project and a TÜSİAD Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, for a discussion on Turkey’s relationship with the West, and find out where there is common ground on foreign policy, and where there is a break when it comes to local governance and regional politics.


January 17
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
U.S. Bank Branch, 1420 5th Ave, Floor 34
Seattle,WA98101United States
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