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Enemies or Partners? Russia and Turkey in Syria


WHEN: Wednesday, February 1, 2017 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. ET

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

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The roller coaster ride of Russian-Turkish relations, marked by violent incidents and rapid reversals, has absorbed the attention of anyone trying to make sense of Syria and the Middle East. In just over a year, Turkey has gone from shooting down a Russian jet to receiving Russian air support in its fight against ISIS in northern Syria. Now, with the new administration of President Trump, looking at this evolving relationship has become all the more important for understanding the prospects for U.S. foreign policy more broadly.

In the coming years Russian-Turkish relations will not only play a key role in shaping the future of Syria and the Islamic State, but also the fate of the Iran deal, NATO, and the Eurasian political order.


Henri Barkey
Director, Middle East Program, Wilson Center
Turkey Task Force Member, BPC

Ilan Berman
Vice President, American Foreign Policy Council

Michael Reynolds
Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University

Hannah Thoburn
Research Fellow, Hudson Institute

Moderated by:

Nicholas Danforth
Senior Policy Analyst, BPC