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Turkey's Election Result's Impact on MENA

Turkey's Election Result's Impact on MENA

Date(s) - 06/01/2023
10:00 am - 11:30 am

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“Turkey’s May 14 presidential and parliamentary elections will have serious consequences for the country’s democracy and the economic well-being of its citizens. The results will also shape Turkey’s foreign policy and relations with its Arab neighbors, which have evolved dramatically over the past two years following Ankara’s detente with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia after a decade of tension.

Will President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continue his detente with his former Arab and Gulf foes should he win reelection? In the event of Erdogan’s defeat, how will opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu approach regional relations? Will he prioritize relations with the West above ties with Turkey’s Middle Eastern neighbors? And how do Arab and Gulf capitals view these pivotal elections?

The Middle East Institute and the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington are pleased to co-host a discussion on these issues and more.


Hussein Ibish

Senior Resident Scholar, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington

Alan Makovsky

Senior Fellow, National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress

Gönül Tol

Founding Director, Turkey Program and Senior Fellow, Black Sea Program, Middle East Institute

Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman, moderator

President, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington”

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