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Bulent Aliriza, founding director of the Turkey Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, will speak at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 19.

Aliriza’s talk will be held in the center’s Toyota Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Aliriza’s lecture, “US-Turkey Relationship: A Troubled Alliance?” will discuss domestic turmoil in the country following recent protests and ongoing corruption scandals. Aliriza will share his analysis of recent developments in Turkey, possible future outcomes, and its relations with the United States and the European Union.

Prior to joining CSIS in 1994, Aliriza was a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has previously served as a Turkish Cypriot diplomat in New York and Washington.

Aliriza has lectured widely across the United States, Europe, and Turkey. He is a frequent media commentator on Turkish foreign and domestic policy.


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