"Turkey Under Erdogan: From NATO Ally to Pariah State"


On 5 December 2017, the Centre for Kurdish Progress will be joined by David L. Phillips in the House of Commons to discuss Turkey's recent changes. Mr Phillips will consider the early successes of Turkey's governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It will evaluate setbacks since 2013, including security, human rights, and economic challenges. U.S. policy towards Turkey will be assessed, including recent bilateral problems. Trump's rhetoric and positions will be considered, demonstrating Washington's shifting approach to Turkey and growing distrust of Erdogan. 

We hope you can join us at this public forum on 5th December between 7 and 9 pm in House of Commons Committee Room 9. The event will be kindly hosted and chaired by the Rt Hon George Howarth MP. Please arrive at 6.30 pm to allow time for security checks.

The views of our speakers do not necessarily represent the views of the Centre for Kurdish Progress. 

Speaker bio

David L. Phillips is currently Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights, Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. He served as a Senior Adviser and Foreign Affairs Expert at the U.S. Department of State under Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama. He was also President of the Congressional Human Rights Foundation and Senior Adviser to the UN Secretariat. He has worked as a foundation executive as Executive Director of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, at think-tanks with the Council on Foreign Relations, and in academia with Harvard University's Center for Middle East Studies. Phillips has authored may articles and reports. His most recent book is An Uncertain Ally: Turkey Under Erdogan's Dictatorship.


December 05, 2017 at 7pm - 9pm


Committee Room 9, House of Commons
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA
United Kingdom
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