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Once a prominent model of democracy in the Middle East, Turkey is, according to many observers, slipping towards autocracy. Critics charge that President Recip Tayyip Erdogan used a failed coup d’état in 2016 as a means of consolidating power. More than a year later, many in the NATO member nation believe the U.S. to be their country’s greatest security threat. Is it too late for the U.S. and Turkey to revive a fading partnership? Join us as we hear from Dr. Soner Cagaptay, Director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute and contract chair of the Turkey Advanced Area Studies Program at the State Department's Foreign Service Institute.
Dr. 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 the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Jane's Defense Weekly, Foreign Affairs, Atlantic, New Republic, and Newsweek Türkiye. 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, Voice of America, BBC, and CNN-Turk.