Turkey is in uncharted territory in terms of both domestic and foreign policy. Recep Tayyip Erdogan has now become president in an ad hoc hybrid political system, in which he continues to rule the country. Meanwhile, the architect of the AKP's foreign policy, Ahmet Davutoglu, is now Prime Minister. Yet Turkey’s policy of zero problems with neighbors is in tatters, and so is its interventionist policy in support of the Muslim Brotherhood across the Middle East. While this leaves the government fumbling for an approach to an ever-more volatile region, the ongoing crisis in Syria in Iraq has accentuated the diverging interests of Washington and Ankara.
As policymakers consider what to expect from Turkey, it is crucial to understand the rationale behind the AKP's foreign policy. This Forum will discuss the extent of ideological underpinnings to Turkish international behavior, and its implications for U.S. interests.
Dr. Behlul Ozkan
Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Marmara University
Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
Svante E. Cornell
Director, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute/Silk Road Studies Program
This CACI Forum is arranged in cooperation with the Bipartisan Policy Center.
Rome Building Auditorium
Johns Hopkins University - SAIS
1619 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036