Lecture | International Relations Seminar Series
Turkey and the Middle East: the Dangers of Overreach
- 15 March 2019
- International Relations Seminar Series
- Anna van Buerenplein
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595 DG The Hague
Among opinion makers in Europe and the US, wishful notions of what Turkey should be often obscure sober analysis of what Turkey actually is. During the first decade of the 21st century, many liberals and some conservatives in the West imagined prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AK party as living proof that a successful marriage between political Islam and democracy was possible. Especially in the wake of the popular uprisings which convulsed the Middle East in 2011, Turkey was hailed as a model for the region and the rest of the Islamic world. Such hope survives to this day, and with some reason. But the Middle East is a long way from resembling Turkey. Instead, it is Turkey that has begun to resemble the Middle East.
Piotr Zalewski holds a BA degree in history from Columbia University as well as graduate degrees from the Jagiellonian University (ethnology), the University of Exeter (European studies), and the College of Europe (European politics and administration). After working as an EU advisor to the Bureau of the Legislative Council of Poland (2003), program coordinator at the Centre for International Relations (2004-2005) and press officer at the European Parliament (2005-2008), he currently works as an Istanbul-based freelance writer and Turkey correspondent for The Economist.