Erdogan’s End Game: Turkey’s Long Arm in Syria and America
Monday, November 11, 2019 from 11:00am – 2:30pm
National Press Club, Washington, DC
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan promised to end decades of economic mismanagement, repressive laws and corrupt politics in Turkey when he first established the Justice and Development Party in 2001.
Erdoğan became popular because he claimed to be an honest politician, assured more freedoms for the people of Turkey, and railed against dishonesty, corruption, and fraud.
Over two decades, as Erdoğan secured his political dynasty, he forgot and willfully abandoned the promises he made, steering Turkey from an open, democratic society toward an authoritarian regime, all the while crushing his opponents with an iron fist.
The Turkish president’s invasion of Northeast Syria signals a return of Turkish dominance in the region. For years, Erdoğan has nurtured, financed, and supported extremist groups like ISIS and Al-Qaeda inside Syria, and others all over the region.
Turkey has invaded Syria, while ethnically cleansing Kurds, and the U.S. has retreated to Iraq. Turkey is a NATO ally and a radical regime. Turkey is exercising its influence over migrants in Europe and gaining a closer relationship to Iran. Turkey suppresses human rights and free speech. Turkey agreed to purchase the S-400 air defense system from Russia knowing it cannot be integrated into the NATO air defense network.
These and many other issues complicate the United States relationship with Turkey. What should United States policy be toward Turkey these days? Should we push away and punish Turkey, likely driving them towards Russia, China and Iran?
With this in mind, we ask: What is a smart policy toward Turkey these days?
|11:00- 11:05am||Mohamed Fahmy – CEO of TIJ Welcomes attendees
Moderated by Tal Heinrich
|11:05 – 11:25||Mr. Ahmet Yayla presents an exclusive report highlighting Turkey’s intelligence and influence operations in the U.S. and the groups it sponsors|
|11:25 – 12:00pm||Panel 1
Syria: The recent invasion and Erdogan’s ongoing support to Salafi Jihadist militants including ISIS, Al Qaeda and their affiliates.
Mr. Theo Padnos, Mr. David Phillips
|12:30pm||Special One-on One Interview
Mrs. Tal Heinrich interviews Mr. Ahmet Yayla
|1:45 – 2:30pm||Panel 2
Erdoğan’s long arm in the U.S: Turkey’s intelligence aspirations in America and the groups it sponsors.
Mr. Michael Rubin, Mr. Alan Klasfeld
Veteran panelists will analyze President Erdoğan’s war against his own people inside Turkey, the YPG in Syria, and his collaboration and support of Salafi Jihadist terrorist groups in the region as Turkey’s proxies.
Experts will also examine Erdoğan’s long arm in the U.S., focusing on his influence and intelligence operations using different Turkish and American proxies.
This conference aims to hash out these issues with some of the most knowledgeable and smartest analysts, including both Turks and non-Turks, specialists and generalists.
Attendees can register on our Eventbrite page here to join us in person (spots are limited and are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis.). If you can’t join us in person, watch online! Here is a link to the live stream page.
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For security reasons, this is an invitation-only event, not open to the public, and your invitation is not transferable.
Registration and breakfast will take place between 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The conference will begin promptly at 11:05 a.m.
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