Posts Tagged 'Middle East'

Kemp, Ross discuss problems and solutions in Gaza, Iraq

Kemp, Ross discuss problems and solutions in Gaza, Iraq

Political scientist Geoffrey Kemp has hosted annual lecture updates on the Middle East at Chautauqua for the last 20 years. Kemp, who serves as director of Regional Security Programs at the Center for the National Interest, returned to the Amphitheater stage at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday to hold a conversation with Dennis Ross, counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Kirisci sees Turkey as a future model for Middle East

Kirisci sees Turkey as a future model for Middle East

Finally answering the elusive question in the title of Week Eight’s theme, Kemal Kirişci said at Friday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater that Turkey’s status as a model for the Middle East should not be overstated. He warned against praising the country’s government as something to be emulated.

Kirişci, a senior fellow and director of the Center on the United States and Europe’s Turkey Project at the Brookings Institution, explored the question of whether the protests in Istanbul’s Taksim Square had damaged Turkey’s position as a role model for the region. His lecture was the last in this week’s theme of “Turkey: A Model for the Middle East?”

Rohde, Sener to discuss state of Turkish press

Rohde, Sener to discuss state of Turkish press

At today’s 10:45 a.m. morning lecture in the Amphitheater, Chautauquans will see the world through the eyes of foreign affairs columnist David Rohde and Nedim Şener, the man who dared to accuse Turkish police of assassinating a prominent Turkish-Armenian journalist.

Şener is a Turkish investigative reporter. His work has won him the International Press Institute’s World Press Freedom Hero award — and also prompted authorities to throw him in jail for “collaborating” with Ergenekon, a network of alleged terrorists in Turkey. He currently awaits trial for criminal activities tied to terrorism.