Meghan Backer received her master’s degree in International Affairs: Global Governance, Policy, and Security from American University. She received her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in International Affairs and Spanish with a focus on Western European Studies. Meghan’s research interests include international security, international development, human security, refugees, and politics and history in the MENA region and Europe.
You can reach Meghan by email at mbacker [at] setadc [dot] org.
Turkey was at the forefront of assisting refugees in 2018, supporting individuals near and far. This past year, the number of registered Syrian refugees living in Turkey surpassed 3.5 million people. ..Read more
On December 17, 181 states voted to adopt the U.N. Global Compact of Refugees; Libya, Eritrea and the Dominican Republic abstained from the vote, and the United States and Hungary opposed it. Eighteen..Read more
Turkey is a leading country in stabilization efforts inside Syria. Through their operations, Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch, Turkey has provided military stabilization assistance to Northern Syria...Read more
In August 2018, the Trump Administration announced its decision to withhold the remaining funds available for stabilization efforts in Syria. The funds were already approved and earmarked for varying..Read more
The First Lady of Turkey, Her Excellency Emine Erdogan, spoke at The SETA Foundation at Washington D.C.’s event in New York City during the U.N. General Assembly high level meetings week. The event ..Read more
The Assad regime is preparing for a military attack on Idlib, placing many countries on edge as potential outcomes of the attacks are considered. Turkey is closely monitoring the situation since it bo..Read more
The U.S. announced that it will no longer contribute funds to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). Historically the U.S. has been the highest don..Read more
The popularity of migrant routes into Europe from Africa and the Middle East have changed in 2018. The Mediterranean route from Libya to Italy and the sea route from Turkey to Greece have been the mos..Read more
On August 25, 2017, violence erupted against the Rohingya population in the Rakhine State of Myanmar. Over 720,000 Rohingyas have fled targeted violence to neighboring Bangladesh, many of whom were wo..Read more
Summary [caption id="attachment_4600" align="alignright" width="195"] Download PDF[/caption] On June 24, 2018 Turkey will hold its first election under the new presidential system that was adopted a..Read more
The United States is on track to have a record low refugee admissions for its resettlement program this fiscal year. Once a global leader in refugee resettlement, the new administration has not only l..Read more
Despite the UN Security Council Resolution 2401 unanimously passed calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, a sustainable outcome has not been reached thus far. Eastern Ghouta has been under increased..Read more
The European Union Facility for Refugees in Turkey recently granted 31.4 million euros to UNICEF for the continuing support of the most vulnerable refugee children in Turkey. The award supports the Ed..Read more
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.