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Mar 17

Past Event

The United States and Turkey: A View from the Obama Administration

Event Materials



  • Turkey, Armenia Must Work Together

    Philip Gordon, Assistant Secretary of European and Eurasian Affairs: Turkish and Armenian efforts for normalized relations should be applauded. They must overcome their haunted past and work toward a future of shared peace and prosperity.

  • Turkey's Role in Ending Cypriot Differences

    Philip Gordon, Assistant Secretary of European and Eurasian Affairs: Turkey can play an instrumental role in helping Cypriots resolve their differences, and Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan should continue to encourage an end to the dispute.

  • Turkey Has Own View of Iran, Israel Issues

    Philip Gordon, Assistant Secretary of European and Eurasian Affairs: Turkey does not always see eye-to-eye with other members of the international community on matters concerning Iran and Israel but says that the U.S. hopes Turkey will reevaluate its


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On March 17, the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings (CUSE) hosted Assistant Secretary of State and former Brookings Senior Fellow Philip Gordon for the sixth annual Sakip Sabanci Lecture. In his lecture, Assistant Secretary Gordon offered the Obama administration’s perspective on Turkey, its relations with the United States and the European Union and its role in the region and across the globe.

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Philip Gordon was nominated as assistant secretary in March 2009. From 2000-09, he focused on a wide range of European and U.S. foreign policy issues as a senior fellow and founding director of CUSE. Prior to joining Brookings, Gordon was director for European affairs at the National Security Council under President William J. Clinton. He previously held a variety of teaching and research posts in American and European institutions and is the author of numerous books and articles.

Brookings President Strobe Talbott introduced Assistant Secretary Gordon and joined him, after his remarks, in a discussion moderated by Brookings Senior Fellow and CUSE Director Fiona Hill.

The Sakip Sabanci Lecture is given annually by a leading international statesman and explores Turkey’s increasingly important role in the world. The event honors the memory of Sakip Sabanci, one of Turkey’s foremost business leaders, a visionary supporter of democratic and economic reforms and a leading advocate of Turkey’s efforts to join the European Union.

Event Agenda


March 17, 2010

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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