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Ottoman Revival: How are Regional Powers Reacting to Turkey’s Resurgence in...

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Date(s) - 04/16/2019
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

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The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington

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WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

In recent years, Turkey has resumed its historic role as a major power in the Middle East, adopting a new and more assertive role in Arab affairs. New levels of cooperation with Iran and Russia, and heightened competition with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt, have elevated Turkey’s profile as a potential regional hegemon with a pronounced Sunni Islamist orientation. Ankara’s response to the boycott of Qatar and the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi intensified this perception. Turkey believes it is pursuing its legitimate national interests and resuming its rightful place at the center of Middle Eastern and Islamic affairs after an unrequited hundred-year flirtation with Europe.

Is Turkey a Sunni Islamist version of Iran, wielding sectarian religious appeals and strident political ideology in an attempt to reshape Middle Eastern realities? How are Arab countries and Israel reacting to Turkey’s assertion of its interests? What is the nature of the Turkish-Iranian relationship, especially given the de facto end of the war in Syria? And what does all that mean for the Gulf Arab countries, given the close alliance between Qatar and Turkey?

AGSIW is pleased to host this panel discussion to examine these issues and more.

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Steven A. Cook, Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Bessma Momani, Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation

Hussein Ibish, Senior Resident Scholar, AGSIW (Moderator)

*Additional speakers to be announced

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