Dinner Meeting - Concluded  - 09.26.2017
For decades, Turkey was a bright spot in the Middle East. A NATO member with a largely secular and open society, Turkey primarily made the news negatively for the dominance of the military in its domestic politics or its on-going struggle with its Kurdish minority or positively for its efforts to formally join the European community and stalwart support of the West during the Cold War. The 21st Century has seen the marginalization of the military in domestic politics but this has accrued in conjunction with the rise of a civilian regime with an aggressive, regionally focused foreign policy and authoritarian pretensions domestically. The result has been disruption of Turkey’s traditional relationships and internal politics even as the importance of Turkey as a regional power has increased.
Dr. Joseph Szyliowicz’s expertise of Turkey includes numerous research projects funded by Columbia University, the Social Science Research Council, the Ford Foundation, the Fulbright Commission and the Rand Graduate Institute. He was a founding member of the Turkish Studies Association and served as its President, and established the American Research Institute in Turkey, serving as its first Director. Dr. Szyliowicz has lectured at various Turkish security organizations and has also been a Senior Fellow at various academic institutions in Europe, the Middle East and Asia including St Antony's College, Oxford, the Harry Truman Institute and the Institute for Advanced Studies (Hebrew University) and Bilkent University (Ankara).
Recently retired from teaching at the Josef Korbel School after decades of service, Dr. Szyliowicz continues an impressive research and consulting agenda centering on the Middle East with emphasis on the state of Turkey as well as the politics, economics, and complexities of major technology and infrastructure projects both in general and in that region of the world. The author of more books, articles, chapters, reports, and monographs than can possibly be listed here, he is also the founder of the University of Denver’s Intermodal Transportation Center, and a former Director of the Rocky Mountain Middle East Seminar. He has worked with NATO, APEC, and the China Council for International Cooperation and Environmental Development amongst others, and has served as a fellow and lecturer worldwide. He has contributed op-ed pieces and has appeared on National Public Radio, the McNeil Lehrer News Hour and the Voice of America.
As President of the Denver Council on Foreign Relations until this past June, Dr. Szyliowicz will speak about the current developments in Turkey’s domestic and international politics as they are unfolding.