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Flashpoint Discussion: Turkey: US and NATO Ally, or ISIS Partisan

November 10, 2014 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

| $7. - $20


Turkey: US and NATO Ally or ISIS Partisan?


Nasir Al Samaraie, Ph.D.

Former Ambassador at the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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 Monday, 10 November 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

AMN Healthcare Boardroom
12400 High Bluff Drive, San Diego, CA 92130

For weeks, the border town of Kobani, Syria has been under heavy assault by ISIS forces.  In defense of Kobani, the US and various allies have launched air attacks on ISIS positions and sent weapons and supplies.  Yet, armored forces of NATO-ally Turkey have sat idle across the border without taking action.  Turkey has refused US access to the strategically-important Incirlik airbase in southeastern Turkey.  What are Turkey’s interests and goals? For Turkey, is ISIS an enemy or ally?  What pressures do 1 million+ Syrian refugees bring to Turkey’s long term stability?  Do Turks view US policy in the Levant as myopic and counter to Turkey’s interests?

About Nasir Ahmed Al Samaraie

Al Samaraie is a newcomer to the US with 30 years professional experience as a University Professor, director of academic institutions, and former senior Iraqi diplomat. An expert on Mesopotamia and the Levant, he served from 2006-2012 as an independent advisor for a number of international humanitarian and crisis prevention organizations on contemporary Iraqi political and social affairs. Al Samaraie has written on humanitarian implications of the wars in Iraq, displacement and the plight of those displaced for a number of international reviews and journals, and Iraq’s civil society. He has also participated and presented on a number of regional and international conferences and meetings on Iraq. Currently he volunteers with community based social services and programs in El Cajon, California like the public library, youth mentorship and fair housing counseling for CSA San Diego County.


5:30 pm Registration and Reception

6:00 pm Presentation

7:00 pm Q&A

8:00 pm Wrap-up

Free to members registered through November 7, $10 after November 7
General Public $10 through November 7, $20 after November 7


November 10, 2014
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$7. - $20
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