Date(s) - 05/16/17
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Henri J. Barkey, Director, Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Steven A. Cook, Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow, Middle East and Africa Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Turkey is an important member of NATO and a powerful player in the Middle East. Recently the stability of the country has become a concern as Turkey is a target of the Islamic State, and is fighting a low-level insurgency by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party. The failed coup against President Erdoğan of July 2016 has further destabilized the country. Throughout all of these developments, Turkey’s bilateral relations with the United States has deteriorated. With over 2.5 million Syrian refugees in Turkey, what role will it play in the future of Syria? And how will the changing dynamics of Turkey’s politics shape its relations with the EU, NATO allies, and the US?
Steven A. Cook’s new book False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East will be available for sale and signing from The Book Cellar.
Henri J. Barkey
Director, Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Henri J. Barkey is the director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He was the Bernard L. and Bertha F. Cohen professor at Lehigh University, as well as a former public policy scholar at the Wilson Center. Barkey has taught at Princeton, Columbia, the State University of New York, and the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as a member of the US State Department Policy Planning Staff, working primarily on issues related to the Middle East, the Eastern Mediterranean, and intelligence. Barkey holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.
Steven A. Cook
Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow, Middle East and Africa Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Steven A. Cook is Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is an expert on Arab and Turkish politics as well as US Middle East policy. Prior to joining CFR, Cook was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Soref research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He has published widely in foreign policy journals, opinion magazines, and newspapers, and is a frequent commentator on radio and television. Cook holds a BA from Vassar College, an MA from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and both an MA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.