Is Turkey Missing Its Moment?

Event Date
  • 3/28/2013   6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Please arrive early for registration
  • The Junior League
  • The Junior League
    1811 Briar Oaks Lane
    Houston, Texas 77027

Michael Rubin

American Enterprise Institute

Thursday, March 28

Registration: 6:00 p.m.
Program: 6:30-7:30 p.m.


Turkey is in an enviable position, with access to markets in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. It is politically stable, with a booming economy, and has been described by senior statesmen as a model for the post - Arab Spring Middle East.  But Turkey may be squandering its opportunity to lead by backsliding on democracy, clamping down on press freedom, and unraveling the separation between mosque and state. Turkey has shown growing antagonism toward the EU, US, and its neighbors as well.  Is Turkey missing its moment?  

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and senior lecturer at the Naval Post Graduate School. He has written about Turkey’s transformation for the last decade. Rubin regularly instructs senior military officers deploying to the Middle East on regional politics, and about the Middle East and terrorism on board U.S. aircraft carriers. Rubin has lived in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Yemen, and spent time with the Taliban before 9/11. His latest book: Dancing with the Devil: The Promise and Perils of Engagement will be published next year by Encounter.