By Yigal Schleifer, Kılıç Buğra Kanat, Noura Erakat & Nuh Yılmaz
‘The New Middle East: One Year After the First Flotilla’ event took place on the 24th of June, 2011, at SETA Foundation in Washington, DC with the participation of Nuh Yılmaz, Noura Erakat, and Yigal Schleifer. The panel was moderated by Kılıç Buğra Kanat. The event occurred while an international coalition of 22 NGOs was organizing a second flotilla with the name of Freedom Flotilla II, which was scheduled to sail on July 5, 2011. Although the second flotilla ultimately failed to materialize, the issue of the flotilla has continued to have major effects on both regional politics in general and Israeli- Turkish relations in particular. In this panel, panelists seek to answer questions, such as ’What kind of an impact did the first flotilla have on the region as a whole?’, ‘Given the new regional dynamics in light of the Arab Spring, in what ways is the second flotilla different?’ , ‘What are the implications for the Palestinian problem?’ and discuss the New Middle East a year after the first flotilla and in the wake of the Arab Spring.
Policy Debate Series
The Policy Debate Series serves to provide a forum for fresh perspectives on controversial issues in world politics and Turkish foreign policy by bringing together experts representing diverse viewpoints and backgrounds. The series aims to bring these informed and innovative discussions to a broad audience. The presentations are edited by the contributors themselves, but maintain their original format.
Policy Debate Series Editors: Kadir Üstün and KIlıç Buğra Kanat