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Turkish Elections & Repercussions for U.S.-Turkish Relations

June 26, 2018 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Phone Seminar: “Turkish Elections and Repercussions for U.S.-Turkish Relations”

Featuring: Dr. Aykan Erdemir

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (ET)

Call-In Number: (712) 432-0075

Participant Code: 397784

Join EMET as our guest expert Dr. Aykan Erdemir discusses the implications of the June 24th Turkish elections called by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Leading Turkey since 2002 with the Justice and Development Party (AKP), internally Erdogan has tilted state institutions to his own likening, has targeted political opposition groups, academics, journalists, and the Kurdish minority all while labeling those speaking against his rule as “terrorists.” Erdogan has distanced himself from his short-lived “zero problem with neighbors” policy as he has made more foes than friends in the region. His incursions into Syria targeting US-backed Kurdish forces has created a diminishing of relations with NATO and the United States. In addition, under Erdogan Turkey has pivoted towards Russia by purchasing Russian missiles incompatible with NATO defense systems. Dr. Erdemir will examine the outcome of the elections, what it means for the opposition groups attempting to chip away at Erdogan’s powers and how this will affect US-Turkish relations.

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About Dr. Aykan Erdemir
Dr. Aykan Erdemir is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Dr. Aykan Erdemir is a former member of the Turkish Parliament (2011-2015) who served in the EU-TurkeyJoint Parliamentary Committee, EU Harmonization Committee, and the Ad Hoc Parliamentary Committee on the IT Sector and the Internet. As an outspoken defender of pluralism, minority rights, and religious freedoms in the Middle East, Dr. Erdemir has been at the forefront of the struggle against religious persecution, hate crimes, and hate speech in Turkey. He is a founding member of the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief, and a drafter of and signatory to the Oslo Charter for Freedom of Religion or Belief (2014) as well as a signatory legislator to the London Declaration on Combating Antisemitism.
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June 26, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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