Turkey’s relations with the West: Abandonment, transactionalism or engagement?


London - bcm
15th March, 2018

Asli Aydıntaşbaş, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR

Kemal Kirişci, Director of the Turkey Project, Brookings Institution

Amanda Sloat, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Chaired by:

Jeremy Shapiro, Research Director, ECFR


Turkey’s relations with Europe are under severe strain, while relations with the US have deteriorated to such an extent that some commentators speculate about whether the two countries will go to war. But Turkey is still a NATO member and plays a key role in European security. What should the West do about this strategically crucial relationship? How can it navigate current tensions with Turkey's leadership to safeguard future relations?

Asli Aydıntaşbaş (@asliaydintasbas) is Senior Policy Fellow at ECFR and a widely published journalist. Her latest analysis explores Turkey's Syria intervention and Ankara's EU charm offensive.

Kemal Kirişci (@kemalkirisci) is Director of the Turkey Project at the Centre on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution.

Amanda Sloat (@A_Sloat) is Senior Fellow at the Centre on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution. Her latest publication explores the West's Turkey conundrum. She previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Southern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean Affairs at the US State Department.

Jeremy Shapiro (@JyShapiro) is Research Director at ECFR. Previously he was a fellow at the Brookings Institution and member of the US State Department Policy Planning Staff.

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