We are delighted to have as our first speaker of 2024 Dr. Henri J. Barkey, adjunct senior fellow for Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bernard L. and Bertha F. Cohen chair in international relations at Lehigh University. Dr. Barkey is one of the country’s top experts on Turkey and the Middle East. At the Council on Foreign Relations, he works on the strategic future of the Kurds in the Middle East. Previously he was the director of the Middle East Center at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2015-2017).
Barkey served as chair of the Department of International Relations at Lehigh University for thirteen years. He served on the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff (1998-2000) working on the Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East and intelligence-related issues. He was a non-resident senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (2008-2011). Currently he also serves as the chair of the academic committee on the board of trustees of the American University in Iraq, Sulaimani. Dr. Barkey has written extensively on Turkey, the Kurds and other Middle East issues. He has published seven books on the Middle East, and has written articles for Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, Survival, The American Interest, and other scholarly journals. His opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Newsweek, and he has appeared on the PBS Newshour, the Charlie Rose Show, and National Public Radio.
His article in the September/October 2023 issue of Foreign Affairs, “Erdogan the Survivor,” recommends a major change in Washington’s approach toward a problematic NATO ally and its long-reigning strongman. I highly recommend it.
Please join us for this timely meeting, and bring a guest!