Meet Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
July 30, 2020 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Since 2003, Turkey’s autocratic leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sought to make Turkey a great power. Turkey has broken ranks with its traditional Western allies, including the United States, and has embraced an imperial-style foreign policy aimed at restoring Turkey’s projection of power in the Middle East. Learn more about why Turkey is becoming a “stand-alone Middle Eastern power” and what role President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plays in these power politics during the briefing – “Meet Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan” on July 30th at 11:00 AM ET with Soner Cagaptay – Director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute.
Soner Cagaptay is the Beyer Family fellow and director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute. He has written extensively on U.S.-Turkish relations, Turkish domestic politics, and Turkish nationalism, publishing in scholarly journals and major international print media, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Foreign Affairs, and The Atlantic. He has been a regular columnist for Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey’s oldest and most influential English-language paper, and a contributor to CNN’s Global Public Square blog. He appears regularly on Fox News, CNN, NPR, BBC, and CNN-Turk. His latest book, Erdogan’s Empire: Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East, was published in September 2019 by I.B. Tauris.
A historian by training, Dr. Cagaptay wrote his doctoral dissertation at Yale University (2003) on Turkish nationalism. Dr. Cagaptay has taught courses at Yale, Princeton University, Georgetown University, and Smith College on the Middle East, Mediterranean, and Eastern Europe. His spring 2003 course on modern Turkish history was the first offered by Yale in three decades. From 2006-2007, he was Ertegun Professor at Princeton University’s Department of Near Eastern Studies.
Dr. Cagaptay is the recipient of numerous honors, grants, and chairs, among them the Smith-Richardson, Mellon, Rice, and Leylan fellowships, as well as the Ertegun chair at Princeton. He has also served on contract as chair of the Turkey Advanced Area Studies Program at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. In 2012 he was named an American Turkish Society Young Society Leader.
After training in India, Dr. Cagaptay is certified as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 200 in 2018.
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