Regional Security Complex Theory and Turkish Foreign Policy: NATO Missile Shield, Eurasian Energy Politics and the Arab Spring
May 03, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Turkish foreign policy is coming under increasing scrutiny since the election of the ruling Justice and Development Party in 2002. Critiques state that Turkish foreign policy is becoming 'neo-Ottoman' or 'Islamist', arguing that Turkey is moving closer to the Middle East than Europe. The underlying hypothesis of Hamid Akin Unver's lecture however, argues that Turkey's foreign policy is not becoming more Islamist; it is becoming more British, following a pattern of external affairs in which identity is becoming increasingly more pronounced. By focusing on three case studies: Turkey’s self-appointed role as an energy hub between Europe and Russia, its role in NATO and its recent installation of the missile defense shield, and finally, its changing stance against Iran and Syria following the Arab Spring, the lecture will discuss how identity (as it relates to the narratives of history and culture) shape Turkey’s foreign policy understanding and patterns of cooperation and conflict.
April 10, 2012 // 11:00am — 12:30pm
Reluctant allies, Pakistan and the US grudgingly need each other to reach shared goals: keeping Al Qaeda out of Afghanistan and structuring an orderly withdrawal of NATO forces. Wilson Center expert Zahid Hussain offers ways to thaw what right now is a “frozen” relationship.
March 27, 2012 // 10:00am — 11:00am
Macedonia joined the Partnership for Peace in 1995, and in 1999 it adopted its first Action Plan for NATO Membership (MAP). On 5 December 2011, the International Court of Justice ruled in favor of Macedonia that Greece violated the Interim Accord by blocking the accession of Macedonia into NATO at the Bucharest Summit in 2008. Members of the Macedonian Foreign Policy Committee will discuss how their nation transitioned into a NATO security provider.
March 23, 2012 // 9:00am — 10:30am
Latin American Program
General Douglas Fraser discusses international efforts to tackle the complex challenge of organized crime and restore citizen security in Central and South America.
February 23, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
The United States and Europe encounter many of the same foreign policy challenges, challenges that diversely impact the two regions and produce different-but often complementary-responses. In his latest book "The New Geopolitics of Transatlantic Relations," author Stefan Fröhlich develops a framework for future U.S.-Europe relations as the two world powers work toward meaningful and logical solutions to their shared foreign policy problems.
November 07, 2011 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Nearly three and a half years after Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia, the EU is bringing both sides back to the negotiation table. This meeting will address: why Serbian and Kosovar governments are negotiating now; what is the nature, format and context of these negotiations, and what are the goals that the EU hopes to achieve?
June 16, 2011 // 9:30am — 11:00am
Cold War International History Project
Christoph Bluth, professor of international studies at the University of Leeds will discuss his on-going research on the history of the Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions (MBFR) negotiations.
May 21, 2010 // 9:00am — 5:00pm
Twenty years after the end of the Cold War, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has grown in size, but in many other ways has not fully adapted to the post-Cold War world. The 2010 Strategic Concept attempts to address the increasingly complex threats facing the allies, including nuclear terrorism, cyber crime, and global climate change, as well as the institutional changes necessary to maintain NATO's relevance in the 21st Century. This conference explored this new security environment. Participants offered assessments of the new Strategic Concept, which was released on May 17, 2010.
February 17, 2009 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
Leopoldo Nuti, Machiavelli Center for Cold War Studies; Amb. Richard Gardner, Columbia University; James Miller, Georgetown University and Department of State Foreign Service Institute
September 24, 2008 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Stephen Blank, Professor of National Security Studies, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College