Wilson Center Fellow Amy Austin Holmes discusses recent tensions between the U.S. and Turkey surrounding Turkey’s decision to launch a military offensive against the Syrian district of Afrin, controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). 


Amy Austin Holmes is an associate professor of sociology at the American University in Cairo. She began teaching there in 2008, after finishing her PhD at Johns Hopkins University. She has been awarded fellowships from Harvard University and Brown University and was a Fulbright scholar in Germany. Her research focuses on the intersection of contentious politics and security issues, broadly defined. Her book, Social Unrest and American Military Bases in Turkey and Germany since 1945, was published by Cambridge University Press and she also directed an accompanying documentary film. Having spent a decade living in the Middle East through the period known as the Arab Spring, she has published numerous articles on Egypt, Turkey, Bahrain, and the Kurdish regions of Iraq and Syria. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, South Atlantic Quarterly, Journal of Arabian Studies, and Social Movement Studies. She has given TV and radio interviews with NPR, BBC, Al Jazeera, and other outlets and has testified in the British House of Lords on Bahrain.

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.