What is Turkey up to in the Middle East?

Event

Wednesday, December 05, 2018 16:30 to 18:00

What is Turkey up to in the Middle East?

Turkey, a regional actor, and a midsize power tries to project influence in the Middle East through religious and cultural affinities, and increasingly, through the use of military power and proxies.

While Turkey is part of the Astana Process together with Russia and Iran; however, its end goal in Syria lies in conflict with Russia and Iran. Conflicting strategies of the United States and Turkey are contributing to the ongoing escalation of tension between the two allies.

Despite disagreements, Turkey and the European Union have managed to sustain their cooperation on refugees and on counterterrorism.

What is Turkey's role in Syria, particularly in the implementation of the Idlib agreement? How does Turkey project its interests in relations with key actors, including Russia, Iran, NATO, the United States, and Europe? Does Turkey's regional role bear any windows of opportunity for European interests?

 

Hosted by

MEP Jordi Solé, Group of the Green/ European Free Alliance, European Parliament

MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras, Group of the Green/ European Free Alliance, European Parliament

 

Speakers

Amberin Zaman, Public Policy Fellow, Wilson Center

Ahmet K. Han, Professor, Altınbas University

Özgür Ünlühisarcıklı, Director of the Ankara Office, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

 

Moderator

Daniel Schwammenthal, Director, AJC Transatlantic Institute

 

Closing remarks on Behalf of the Austrian EU Presidency

Dr. Wilhelm Sandrisser, Head of Security Policy, International Affairs, EU, Public Relations at the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior

Date and time

Wednesday, December 05, 2018 16:30 to 18:00

Location

European Parliament
Rue Wiertz 60
1050 Brussels
Belgium

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