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On Friday, July 15th 2016, a faction of the Turkish military attempted a coup, resulting in the death of 290 and more than 1,400 injured. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government arrested thousands and dismissed dozens of high ranking civil servants. The Islamist Erdogan has called on the United States to demand the arrest of Fethullah Gulen, a former Turkish cleric, now living in exile in Pennsylvania.
While the Obama Administration supported Erdogan during the coup, how will the fate of Gulen impact U.S.-Turkish relations? And will Turkey’s instability impact the new agreement reached between Turkey and Israel on June 26, 2016?
Please join us as we hear from Dr. Harold Rhode as he explores these questions and more.
About Dr. Harold Rhode: Dr. Rhode is one of the few experts we have in the West who really understands the mentality of the Middle East. Dr. Rhode had spent more than 28 years in the office of U.S. Secretary of Defense as an advisor on U.S. Islamic Affairs. After getting his PhD in Islamic history at Columbia University under the esteemed Bernard Lewis, Dr. Rhode studied and traveled extensively throughout the Islamic world. He speaks fluent Turkish. Dr. Rhode served with the United States armed forces in Iraq, both during the recent war in Iraq and during the Gulf War. Dr. Rhode is also famous for being the person responsible for finding and rescuing sacred Jewish manuscripts from Iraq during the Iraq war.