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Great Decisions Lecture Series: Tom Sanders on Turkey
February 7, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm$10
The Great Decisions Lecture Series is organized by the World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Association of America.
Tom Saunders will speak on February 7th giving his lecture, Turkey: a partner in crisis in Brevard College’s McLarty-Goodson, Room 125.
Cost: $45 per person for the 6 lecture series or $10 per person for a single lecture. (Seating is limited) Register here.
Of all NATO allies, Turkey represents the most daunting challenge for the Trump administration. In the wake of a failed military coup in July 2016, the autocratic trend in Ankara took a turn for the worse. One year on, an overwhelming majority of the population considers the United States to be their country’s greatest security threat. In this age of a worsening “clash of civilizations” between Islam and the West, even more important than its place on the map is what Turkey symbolically represents as the most institutionally Westernized Muslim country in the world.
Tom Sanders holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University is a retired professor of religious studies and of international studies. He has taught for over 20 years in the College for Seniors, UNCA, including courses on Turkey, the Kurds, Political Development in the Arab World, and Religion, Ethnicity, and Politics in the Middle East. He has visited Turkey many times, chiefly to practice Turkish with all kinds of ordinary Turks.