Deciphering Turkey’s New Regional Policy

Deciphering Turkey’s New Regional Policy

Date and time: Monday, July 13, 2020, 4 pm Qatar Time (UTC+3)

Register on Zoom here.

With:

  • Abdullah K. Alshayji, professor of political science, Kuwait University
  • Marwan Kabalan, director of the Unit for Policy Studies, Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies
  • Taha Ozhan, academic visitor at Oxford University
  • Tarek Megerisi, policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations
  • Online Moderator: Galip Dalay, nonresident fellow at the Brookings Doha Center

Turkey is pursuing an ambitious foreign policy strategy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. From Syria to Libya, it has emerged as a key player in regional politics and security and increasingly shown willingness to flex its muscles to attain its goals and interests. Breaking with its traditional policy, Ankara has engaged in a geopolitical balancing act between the United States and Russia, as well as in various proxy wars. As the region experiences a generational transformation, Turkish foreign policy is undergoing a qualitative change, which requires sophisticated analysis and understanding.

The Brookings Doha Center invites you to attend a webinar on Turkey’s foreign policy in the MENA region. The discussion will address the following questions: How is Turkey’s new regional policy the same or different than before, and what are its main drivers and aspirations? What are the effects of this new foreign policy on regional conflict zones? How is Ankara approaching regional blocks and international actors? And what is the link between Turkey’s new foreign policy and its expanding defense industry?

IMPORTANT: For English language use, select the English interpretation channel and click on “Mute Original Audio.”

Kindly note that there is a maximum capacity to join this webinar.

The discussion will include a Question and Answer session.

All attendees will have the chance to submit questions via the Q&A option in the Zoom webinar and these can be submitted anonymously during the time allocated for Q&A.

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