On June 20, the Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) at Brookings hosted a discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing Turkey’s civil nuclear energy program and what they mean for U.S.-Turkish relations. The event, which is part of the TUSIAD U.S.-Turkey Forum at Brookings, featured a presentation by Jessica C. Varnum of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. In her remarks, Varnum discussed her new report on the potential for nuclear cooperation between the United States and Turkey to enhance what President Obama has called their “model partnership.” The report is the inaugural publication of the recently-launched Turkey Project Policy Paper Series.
Jessica Varnum is a research associate and adjunct professor at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She is an expert on Turkey, U.S.-Turkey relations, and nuclear energy policy.
TUSIAD Senior Fellow Kemal Kirişci provided introductory remarks and moderated the discussion. Charles Ebinger, director of the Energy Security Initiative at Brookings, offered comments following Varnum’s presentation.