As a critical NATO ally and strategically located partner, Turkey’s assertive foreign policy strategy has global implications.
Turkish President Erdoğan initially pursued “zero problems with neighbors” as a foreign policy strategy, but now relies on the country’s military might to achieve political goals. Brookings’ Kemal Kirişci and journalist Ayla Jean Yackley join Deep Dish to explain what Turkey’s approach means for neighbors, allies, and foes.
Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe’s Turkey Project at Brookings
Kemal Kirişci is a nonresident senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe’s Turkey Project at Brookings, with an expertise in Turkish foreign policy and migration studies. From 2013 until 2020, he was TÜSİAD senior fellow at Brookings and director of the Turkey Project. His most recent book, “Turkey and the West: Faultlines in a Troubled Alliance,” was published by the Brookings Institution Press in November 2017.
Ayla Jean Yackley
Ayla Jean Yackley s a freelance journalist based in Istanbul whose stories about Turkey have appeared in the Financial Times, POLITICO, Al-Monitor, and others.
Vice President, Studies
Brian Hanson is the Vice President of Studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs with expertise in policy and politics. He oversees the Council’s research operations and hosts the weekly podcast, Deep Dish on Global Affairs.