Turkey at a Crossroads--at the Chicago Council | Wilson Center
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Turkey at a Crossroads--at the Chicago Council

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Turkey is an important member of NATO and a powerful player in the Middle East. Recently the stability of the country has become a concern as it is now a target of the Islamic State, and is fighting a low-level insurgency by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, also the failed coup against President Erdoğan of July 2016 has further destabilized the country. Throughout all of these developments, Turkey’s bilateral relations with the United States has deteriorated. With over 2.5 million Syrian refugees in Turkey, what role will it play in the future of Syria? And how will the changing dynamics of its politics shape its relations with the EU, NATO allies, and the US? 



  • Henri J. Barkey

    Former Director, Middle East Program
  • Steven A. Cook

    Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow, Middle East and Africa Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Ayça Alemdaroğlu

    Associate Director, Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program; Lecturer, Sociology and MENA, Northwestern University