Lesley K. Dudden was formerly a research assistant with the SETA Foundation at Washington DC. She recently completed coursework for her master’s degree in International Affairs, with concentrations in European & Eurasian Affairs and International Security Politics from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Global Studies from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Previously, Lesley has spent nearly 3 years living in Turkey as first a Critical Language Scholar at the Georgetown University McGhee Center, later spending a semester at Koç University and a year as a Boren Scholar at Boğaziçi University. She also spent 5 months in Germany studying European Security at Freie Universität Berlin. Her research interests include Turkey-U.S. relations, Turkish history and foreign policy, and transatlantic relations.
This almanac provides the synopsis of bilateral relations between the US and Turkey during the past fifteen years of AK Party rule in Turkey, starting with the March 1st crisis. During this period, AK..Read more
If you ask representatives from the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq, they will ..Read more
This analysis outlines the main drivers of the relationship between Turkey and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).In less than a week, on September 25, the KRG is planning to hold a referendum on..Read more
The migrant crisis that has stemmed from the ongoing strife in the MENA region is one of the most devastating and consequential crises of modern times. Its impact has been felt across continents, in c..Read more
Last week, Turkish leadership was in Europe for both a NATO summit in Brussels and talks with top EU officials. These have been trying times for Ankara’s relationship..Read more
Increasingly sour rhetoric between Turkey and the European Union has contaminated the very question of Turkey’s status as an EU-candidate country. On November 24, a m..Read more
In Syria, the U.S. has walked a delicate line between its preference for Kurdish fighting groups in the north of the country, and its indispensable relationship with Tu..Read more
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit..Read more
Nearly four weeks have passed since the April 2nd military flare up in the de facto independent region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Deadly incidents are not ..Read more
Last week’s negotiations between the EU and the Turkish government were yet another attempt to deal with the flow of refugees into Europe. It may be overly optimistic..Read more
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s return to Ankara for diplomatic meetings with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has sparked humor ..Read more
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