After negotiations to form a governing coalition produced no results following the June 7 elections, Turkey will return to the polls on November 1. Heading to this snap election, Turkey confronts renewed violence in its southeast and challenges as a member of the U.S. led anti-ISIL coalition. Uncertainty remains as to whether this new round of balloting will result in an AK Party single government, or lead to a fresh round of coalition negotiations. Please join us for a panel discussion on Turkey’s current domestic and foreign policy challenges ahead of the November 1 elections.
Andrew Bowen, Senior Fellow and Director of Middle East Studies, Center for the National Interest
Omer Taspinar, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Kilic B. Kanat, Research Director, the SETA Foundation at Washington D.C.
Kadir Ustun, Executive Director, the SETA Foundation at Washington D.C.
Andrew Bowen is a Senior Fellow and the Director of Middle East Studies at the Center for the National Interest. His research and writing primarily focuses on the regional and international politics of the Middle East and U.S. national security policy. His commentary has appeared in English, Arabic and Persian in The National Interest, Foreign Affairs, CNN, The Daily Beast, Foreign Policy, Asharq Al-Awsat, among other places, and has been interviewed by a number of networks and publications including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, and the BBC. Bowen is a columnist for Al Arabiya. Prior to joining the Center, he was the Scholar for the Middle East and Director of the Levant Program at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Bowen previously served as the contributing editor of Al Majalla in London. Bowen completed his Ph.D. in international relations at the LSE under the supervision of Professor Fawaz Gerges. He received his M.Sc. in international history from the LSE, and his B.A. in political science from Rice.
Omer Taspinar is a professor of National Security Strategy at the National War College and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brooking’s Institution Center on the United States and Europe. He is an expert on Turkey, the European Union, Muslims in Europe, political Islam, the Middle East, and Kurdish nationalism. Dr. Taşpınar has a Ph.D. and M.A. in European studies and international economics from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in political science from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, and is the author of two books: Political Islam and Kurdish Nationalism in Turkey (Routledge, 2005) and Fighting Radicalism with Human Development: Freedom, Education and Growth in the Islamic World (Brookings, 2006). He has appeared on BBC word, CNN international, NBC, CNBC, CBS and is a frequent commentator for Turkish Television.
Kilic Bugra Kanat is the Research Director at the SETA Foundation at Washington DC. He is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Penn State University, Erie. Dr. Kanat received his PhD in Political Science from Syracuse University; a Master’s in Political Science from Syracuse University; a Master’s in International Affairs from Marquette University. He was awarded the Outstanding Research Award and Council of Fellows Faculty Research Award at Penn State, Erie. He participated in Future Leaders Program of Foreign Policy Initiative. Dr. Kanat’s writings have appeared in Foreign Policy, Insight Turkey, The Diplomat, Middle East Policy, Arab Studies Quarterly, Mediterranean Quarterly, Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, and Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. He is a columnist at Daily Sabah. He is the author of A Tale of Four Augusts: Obama’s Syria Policy.
Kadir Ustun is the Executive Director at the SETA Foundation at Washington, D.C. He also serves as an Assistant Editor of Insight Turkey, an academic journal published by the SETA Foundation. Dr. Ustun holds a PhD in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies from Columbia University and a Master’s degree in History from Bilkent University. He has contributed to various SETA reports and his writings have appeared in various publications such as Insight Turkey, Al Jazeera English, Hurriyet Daily News, Daily Sabah, Mediterranean Quarterly, and Cairo Review of Global Affairs among others. He is also co-editor of edited volumes History, Politics and Foreign Policy in Turkey, Change and Adaptation in Turkish Foreign Policy, and Politics and Foreign Policy in Turkey: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives.