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From Rhetoric to Reality: Reframing U.S. Turkey Policy


WHEN: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ET

WHERE: Bipartisan Policy Center, 1225 Eye Street NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC, 20005

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The region-wide political upheaval, which began more than two years ago, has given both the United States and Turkey an important interest in containing and minimizing the spreading instability and chaos. Today, to secure those interests, both countries need a strong, cooperative partnership. But challenges to such a partnership have steadily mounted.

The events of the past year—the Taksim Square protests in Turkey, the Turkish government’s incomplete peace process with its own Kurdish minority, its deepening sectarian schism, the military’s ouster of Mohamed Morsi in Egypt, the deepening disaster in Syria and Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons in Syria, and the subsequent U.S.-Russian deal—suggest that, after a decade of focusing largely on Turkey’s role in the region, American policymakers should focus more on the stability of Turkey’s political institutions, freedom of its society, and dynamism of its economy. The state of Turkey’s domestic politics is of vital importance to its future stability, its ability to wield influence in the region, and, therefore, its ties to the United States.

BPC’s Turkey Task Force unveiled its recommendations for moving the U.S-Turkish relationship from rhetoric to reality.

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From Rhetoric to Reality: Reframing U.S. Turkey Policy



Ambassador Morton Abramowitz
Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey

Ambassador Eric Edelman
Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey

Moderated by:

Guy Raz
Host, NPR’s TED Radio Hour

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