In a recent visit to Turkey concluding November 23rd, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden reports that the U.S. – Turkey bilateral relationship is “as strong as it has ever been.” Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met to discuss cooperation in defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but significant tensions remain. Washington criticizes Turkey’s reluctance to militarize against ISIS, particularly in Kobane, while Ankara continues to push for U.S. commitment to end Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government by supporting moderate Syrian opposition rebels.
On December 15th, the World Affairs Council invites you to hear from Dr. Reşat Kasaba, Director of the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, on present U.S. – Turkey relations, particularly as it concerns ISIS, Syria, and additional security issues in the Middle East.
Prior to the 7:00 PM talk, you are welcome to enjoy Turkish cuisine provided by the World Affairs Council starting at 6:30 PM.
Free parking is available at the venue
Reşat Kasaba is the Stanley D. Golub Chair and Professor of International Studies and Director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. Kasaba’s main area of research has been the Ottoman Empire, Turkey and the Modern Middle East. He has written on economic history, state-society relations, migration, ethnicity and nationalism, and urban history. Most recently, he edited volume four of the Cambridge History of Modern Turkey and wrote A Moveable Empire: Ottoman Empire, Migrants, and Refugees. Kasaba has received grants from Andrew Mellon Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and the National Science Foundation. In 1999, he was the recipient of the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
The Spotlight on Turkey program is a joint collaboration between the Turkish Cultural Foundation and the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). This is the 8th year of this national educational program for American educators. Organized through TCF and WACA with a network of WACA affiliates nationwide, the program is funded by a major grant from TCF and features Teacher Workshops on Turkey, Teacher Study Tours to Turkey, and a series of cultural programs for the general public titled Portrait of Turkey.