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Is the Turkish Partnership Doomed?

  • December 06, 2017
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • National University, Sanford Center Auditorium, 11355 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037

San Diego World Affairs Council Presents

“Is the Turkish Partnership Doomed?”


Dr. Sinan Ciddi

Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of the Institute for Turkish Studies at Georgetown University

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The Turkish-American bilateral relationship has its roots embedded in World War II. After committing a sizable number of combat divisions to the Korean War in 1950, Turkey was formally admitted to NATO in 1952. Since this time, the U.S. and Turkey have collaborated in numerous regional and global security initiatives. By the late 2000s, the Obama administration labelled the relationship as a ‘model’ partnership.

Since the onset of the Arab uprisings and heightened instability in the near and Middle East, Turkey’s relationship with the United States has come under increased strain, owing largely to divergent policies that have eroded trust and undermined cooperation. Most recently, in response to the arrest of a Turkish employee of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, the United States imposed an unprecedented ban on non-immigrant visa issuance across Turkey.  To what extent has the U.S.-Turkish relationship suffered irreparable harm and are there ways that the partnership can be rebuilt? In the wider context, how will the United States approach policy-making towards the region if Turkey is not a partner or ally?

About our Speaker

Dr. Sinan Ciddi is an expert on Turkish domestic politics and foreign policy. He obtained his Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2007 in the field of Political Science. Dr. Ciddi continues to author scholarly articles, opinion pieces, and book chapters on contemporary Turkish politics and foreign policy, as well as participate in media appearances. In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities at Georgetown, Ciddi also serves as the Executive Director of the Institute of Turkish Studies.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Registration

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Presentation and Q&A


National University, Sanford Center Auditorium

11355 N. Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037

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