Between East and West: Turkey's Role in the Middle East and EU Accession Efforts

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Venue:FIU Biscayne Bay Campus, Wolfe University Center, Room 155

Strategically located at the crossroads of two continents, Turkey plays a unique role in regional and global politics. Turkey is not only an important ally of the West but is also a diplomatic conduit to such countries as Syria and Iran. Just recently Ankara was actively involved in Syrian-Israeli peace talks. For quite some time now, Turkey has also been a contender for European Union membership. On November 17th, at 7:00pm, FIU's Middle East Society presents Dr. Soner Cagaptay, Senior Fellow and Director of the Turkish Research Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Cagaptay will discuss Turkey's important role in the Middle East and accession efforts into the EU. The event, co-sponsored by FIU’s European Studies Program, the Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence, the Florida Turkish American Association, and FIU's Student Government Association, will take place at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus at the Wolfe University Center (WUC), Room 155. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free. For more information, please contact Shlomi Dinar, Director of the Middle East Society, at 305-919-4839.

Dr. Soner Cagaptay has written extensively on U.S.Turkish relations, Turkish domestic politics, and Turkish nationalism, publishing in scholarly journals and major international print media, including Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, Jane's Defense Weekly, and Newsweek Türkiye. He also is a regular columnist for Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey's oldest and most influential Englishlanguage paper. He appears regularly on Fox News, CNN, NPR, Voice of America, al-Jazeera, BBC, CNN-Turk, and al-Hurra.

A historian by training, Dr. Cagaptay wrote his doctoral dissertation at Yale University (2003) on Turkish nationalism. Dr. Cagaptay has taught courses at Yale and Princeton on the Middle East, Mediterranean, and Eastern Europe. His spring 2003 course on modern Turkish history was the first offered by Yale in three decades. From 2006-2007, he was Ertegun Professor at Princeton University's Department of Near Eastern Studies. He currently serves as a visiting professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

Dr. Cagaptay is the recipient of numerous honors, grants, and chairs, among them the Smith-Richardson, Mellon, Rice, and Leylan fellowships, as well as the Ertegun chair at Princeton. He also serves as chair of the Turkey Advanced Area Studies Program at the State Department's Foreign Service Institute.