Presentation Title: EU or Envoy? A New Role for Turkey as a Bridge to the Middle East

Section: Markets at the Margins II

Location: , 338

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 11:15am - 11:30am


Turkey is not part of the European Union; however, this nation located at the crossroads of Europe and the Middle East has been engaged in negotiations to join the EU since 1999. The United States is lobbying for the EU to accept Turkey given Turkey’s status as a secular democracy with a very large Muslim population and its influence among Middle Eastern nations.  Nevertheless, negotiations have stalled over Cyprus, with the island divided between a Turkish-Cypriot northern section and a Greek-Cypriot south.  Given Turkey’s difficulty thus far in attempting to join the EU, there is ongoing debate over whether the US should refocus its strategy.  I propose the US should push not for Turkish EU membership but for a special role for Turkey to use its status as a NATO member to serve as an intermediary between the West and Islamic regimes in the Middle East.

Type of Presentation: Individual oral

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Presentation Area: Political Science

Presentation Topic: Europe

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Presenter Information
Presenter(s): Flaherty, Joseph Thomas
Major(s): History, Political Science
Class Year(s): 2015

Sponsor(s): Williams, Mark E.
Dept(s): Political Science

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