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London, United Kingdom
Join us for a panel discussion on human rights and democracy in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt in Turkey. Journalist Mahir Zeynalov and Professor Ori Soltes will talk about human rights, freedoms and the future of democracy in Turkey.
Post-Coup Turkey and Ties With US Under Trump Presidency
Turkey has been a vital U.S. ally for decades, but escalating crackdown on the opposition calls into question the sustainability of this partnership. Turkish president’s bellicose rhetoric and Ankara’s adventures in Syria and Iraq are poised to upset the regional order. The government’s increasing crackdown on dissidents and minorities also threatens the country’s hard-won democracy. At a time when Erdogan is aggressively seeking to expand his presidential powers, its domestic and foreign impact remains a separate question. With the new Trump administration in Washington, how will the new setting affect Turkey’s relationship with the U.S.?
Date: December 8, 2016 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Venue: George Mason University Main Campus, Johnson Center Room E, 4400 University Dr. Fairfax VA 22030
Please locate Johnson Center in this campus map: http://info.gmu.edu/Maps/FairfaxMap15TabldColor.pdf
Parking Info: The closest parking in the campus is Mason Deck. http://info.gmu.edu/Maps/FairfaxMap14_Parking.pdf
Mahir Zeynalov is a Turkish journalist and analyst based in Washington D.C. Zeynalov first started his professional career with the Los Angeles Times. He later joined Today's Zaman and worked there until the Turkish government shut down the newspaper in 2016. He is writing columns for Al Arabiya since 2013 and regularly contributing to the Huffington Post. He is the first journalist in Turkey asked by Erdogan to be imprisoned. He is also the first journalist to be deported from Turkey. He is a frequent commentator on developments related to Turkey in world's major TV channels, including CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera and NBC. He rose to international prominence for documenting the massive crackdown on Turkish journalists and he is best known for reporting on post-coup purge in Turkey.
Dr. Ori Z. Soltes teaches at Georgetown University across a range of disciplines, from art history and theology to philosophy and political history. He is the former Director and Curator of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, where he curated over 80 exhibitions. He is also the author of over 230 books, articles, exhibition catalogues, and essays on a range of topics. Recent books include Our Sacred Signs: How Jewish, Christian and Muslim Art Draw from the Same Source,Searching for Oneness: Mysticism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Untangling the Web: A Thinking Person’s Guide to Why the Middle East is a Mess and Always has been, and Embracing the World: Fethullah Gulen’s Thought and Its Relationship to Jalaluddin Rumi and Others.
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