WAITLIST ONLY: Turkey and the West: A Conversation with Dr. Reşat Kasaba
November 29th, 2022 12:00PM -1:00PM
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2023 is a pivotal year for Turkey, or Türkiye (as it’s now officially named). It will be celebrating its 100th anniversary as a Republic and will see an election that could change up the leadership of the past 20 years. Soaring inflation that is devastating the purchasing power of Turks could make President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vulnerable – but he is still able to wield substantial support, particularly by stoking national sentiment over Turkey’s perceived treatment and role in international affairs.
With aspirations of future great power, this longtime NATO ally is walking a fine line between its commitments to the West while exploring its options to its east with Russia, China and other regional powers. Join us on November 29 for an in-person luncheon with Dr. Reşat Kasaba of the Jackson School at the University of Washington to explore the issues that have led to a strained relationship between Turkey and its western allies and how domestic and international issues could play out for Turkey’s longtime leader.
About the Speaker
Reşat Kasaba, Anne H.H. and Kenneth B. Pyle Professor in American Foreign Policy, is an expert in the history and politics of the Middle East and has taught undergraduate and graduate students at the School for over 30 years. He is a recipient of a UW Distinguished Teaching Award. His courses cover a wide range of topics including economic history, state-society relations, migration, ethnicity and nationalism, urban history in the Middle East, U.S. foreign policy and world history.
Kasaba served as the director of the Jackson School for 10 years, completing his tenure in June 2020. He is currently researching the history of U.S. foreign policy in Turkey, and the political consequences of rural-urban divide in modern Turkey.
Kasaba is regularly featured in local and regional media for insights into some of the world’s most pressing issues. He also shares his expertise at the UW, and at other universities and non-profit groups around the world.
He also served as President of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) (2017-2019) and as a board member of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (2015-2018). He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Kasaba has written and edited seven books and over 40 articles and opinion pieces.