What is Turkey up to in the Middle East?
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- MEP Jordi SOLÉ, Group of the Green/ European Free Alliance, European Parliament
- MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras, Group of the Green/ European Free Alliance, European Parliament
- Amberin Zaman, Senior Middle East Correspondent, Al Monitor
- Ahmet K. Han, Professor, Altınbas University
- Özgür Ünlühisarcıklı, Director of the Ankara Office, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
- Kristina Kausch, Senior Resident Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Turkey, a regional actor and a mid-size power, tries to project influence in the Middle East through religious and cultural affinities, and increasingly, through the use of military power and proxies. While Turkey is part of the Astana Process together with Russia and Iran, its end goal in Syria is in conflict with that of Russia and Iran. Conflicting strategies of the United States and Turkey are contributing to the ongoing escalation of tension between the two allies. Despite disagreements, Turkey and the European Union have managed to sustain their cooperation on refugees and on counterterrorism. What is Turkey's role in Syria, particularly in the implementation of the Idlib agreement? How does Turkey project its interests in relations with key actors, including Russia, Iran, NATO, the United States, and Europe? Does Turkey's regional role bear any windows of opportunity for European interests?
This event is hosted by The German Marshall Fund, AJC Transatlantic Institute and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, in partnership with the European Parliament.