On November 14, the Center on the U.S. and Europe at Brookings welcomed Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for a public address on revitalizing Turkish-American relations. In his remarks, Mr. Erdogan discussed the common vision shared by the strategic allies in confronting global challenges and securing peace and stability in the Middle East.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan became Prime Minister of Turkey in March 2003, following the electoral success in 2002 of the Justice and Development Party (AKP). In 2007 the AKP party was returned to power with a landslide victory in Turkey’s parliamentary elections, winning 47% of votes. Previously Mr. Erdogan served as Mayor of Istanbul from 1994 to 1997. He was educated at Marmara University.
Brookings President Strobe Talbott introduced Mr. Erdogan, and .Brookings Turkey Project Director Omer Taspinar moderated a question and answer session with discussants Mark Parris, Brookings Visiting Fellow and former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, and Daniel Benjamin, Director of the Brookings Center on the United States and Europe.