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Lecture: “Turkey’s Ambitions and American Interests”

January 14, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey is a growing power with ambitions that are challenging international order regionally and globally. What are those aspirations, what are the difficulties for Turkey, and what are the options for the United States? Ambassador W. Robert Pearson, former U.S. ambassador to Turkey, will present analysis and thoughts on this critical relationship at this first DUCIGS/Rethinking Diplomacy Program webinar of 2021. Register here for the webinar.


Ambassador (ret) W. Robert Pearson is a Fellow at DUCIGS/Rethinking Diplomacy Program, a non-resident Scholar at The Middle East Institute in Washington, President of American Publishers Inc., a digital journal on American foreign policy published in cooperation with the University of North Carolina, and a partner at Spectrum Group, a Washington consulting firm. He served from 2008 to 2014 as president of IREX, an international humanitarian development NGO based in Washington focused on education, civil society development and independent media, spearheading its expansion to 125 countries worldwide.  In addition to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, Pearson was Director General of the Foreign Service, Deputy Chief of Mission to France, Deputy Permanent Representative to the U.S. Mission at NATO during the Balkan crisis and NATO’s enlargement, and chair of NATO’s Political Committee.


Michael Schoenfeld (Vice President for Public Affairs & Government Relations at Duke University) will moderate the discussion.


This event is co-sponsored by the DUCIGS/Rethinking Diplomacy Program and Duke in DC. The Rethinking Diplomacy Program is supported by a grant from the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment Fund.


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January 14, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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