Oct 28

Past Event

Turkey, the Region and U.S.-Turkey Relations: Assessing the Challenges and Prospects


Turkey has weathered exceptionally turbulent times in recent years and continues to face serious domestic and foreign policy challenges. Following the so-called “e-coup” warning of a possible military intervention, civil-military tensions climaxed during the summer of 2007. A year later, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government was nearly shut down by the Constitutional Court. The AKP's landslide electoral victory in July 2007 was followed by another crisis over the presidency. In addition, PKK extremist attacks have been sharply on the rise. How should the next U.S. administration manage Turkish-U.S. relations? Where is Turkish domestic politics going? What is Turkey's foreign policy outlook?

On October 28, the Brookings Center on the United States and Europe and the SETA Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research hosted a conference to examine Turkey’s domestic and foreign policy challenges and prospects. The conference featured a keynote address by Professor Ahmet Davutoglu, chief foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. After the keynote address, Ibrahim Kalin, founding director of SETA; Nonresident Fellow Omer Taspinar, director of the Turkey Project at Brookings; Visiting Fellow Mark Parris, former U.S. ambassador to Turkey; and Talha Kose of George Mason University moderated a series of discussions featuring a distinguished group of Turkish and American experts, officials and scholars.

Event Agenda

  • 9:00 am -- Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • 9:15 am -- Keynote Address

    • Ahmet Davutoglu

      Chief Advisor to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Republic of Turkey

  • 10:45 am -- Panel One: U.S-Turkish Relations: What Will the New President Bring to the Table?

    • Moderator: <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/experts/parrism.aspx">Mark R. Parris</a>

      Visiting Fellow, Foreign Policy

    • Cengiz Candar

      Radikal (Turkey)

    • Ian Lesser

      German Marshall Fund

    • Suat Kiniklioglu

      Member of Turkish Parliament

  • 1:00 pm -- Panel Two: Turkey’s Challenges and Opportunities and Its Region: Iraq, Iran, the Caucasus and the EU Process

    • Moderator: Talha Kose

      George Mason University

    • Steven Cook

      Council on Foreign Relations

    • Kemal Kirisci

      Bogazici University and Carleton University

    • Taha Ozhan


  • 3:00 pm -- Panel Three: The Domestic Scene: The Continuing Battle for Turkey’s Soul

    • Moderator: Ibrahim Kalin


    • Mustafa Akyol

      Turkish Daily News

    • Bulent Ali Riza

      Center for Strategic and International Studies

    • Portrait: Ömer Taşpınar


October 28, 2008

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT

University of California Washington Center

Multi-Purpose Room

1608 Rhode Island Avenue, NW


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