U.S.-Turkey Relations: Previewing The Biden-Erdogan Meeting at NATO
June 8, 2021
11:00am – 12:00pm
U.S.-Turkey relations have gone through a rocky period over the past few years and there continue to be areas of disagreement between the two NATO allies. Issues such as Ankara’s purchase of the S-400 air defense systems and Washington’s Syria policy remain critical points of tension. At the same time, the two allies cooperate on a number of strategic matters within the NATO framework. The US-Turkish relationship remains a multifaceted and a complex one going back decades, with the changing strategic environment in the region having the potential to create new opportunities for enhanced cooperation. Given the current state of the relationship, how can President Erdogan and President Biden work to improve ties and contribute to overall strength of NATO? What are some of the areas of disagreement as well as potential cooperation that should be brought to the table? What are some of the strategic and security challenges NATO faces today that an improved U.S.-Turkey relationship can help confront?
The SETA Foundation at Washington DC is pleased to host a panel of experts to discuss the upcoming Biden-Erdogan meeting at NATO and its implications for the U.S.-Turkey relations.
Luke Coffey Director, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy at the Heritage Foundation
Burhanettin Duran General Coordinator, The SETA Foundation
Kilic B. Kanat Research Director, The SETA Foundation at Washington, DC
Luke Coffey is the director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. Coffey, named to the post in December 2015, oversees foreign policy and international affairs issues. Coffey previously was Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher fellow, focusing on relations between the United States and the United Kingdom and on the role of NATO and the European Union in transatlantic and Eurasian security. Before joining the think tank’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom in 2012, Coffey had served at the UK Ministry of Defence since 2010 as senior special adviser to then-British Defence Secretary Liam Fox. Coffey received a master of science degree in the politics and government of the European Union from the London School of Economics. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and studied African politics as a visiting undergraduate at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.
Burhanettin Duran received his BA in Political Science and International Relations from Bogazici University in 1993, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Bilkent University in 2001. He was a visiting scholar at George Mason University in 2010-2011. Prof. Duran has been focusing on the transformation of Islamism, Turkish Political Thought, Turkish Domestic Politics, Turkish Foreign Policy and Middle Eastern Politics. Currently Prof. Duran is a professor at Ibn Haldun University and General Coordinator of SETA Foundation. On 09th October 2018, Prof. Duran was appointed as member of Turkish Presidency Security and Foreign Policies Council.
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 where he was awarded the Outstanding Research Award and Council of Fellows Faculty Research Award. 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 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 & author of A Tale of Four Augusts: Obama’s Syria Policy.
The Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA) at Washington, D.C. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, independent, nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, D.C. dedicated to innovative studies on national, regional, and international issues concerning Turkey and US-Turkey relations.