Press Conference USA
HENRI BARKEY. Henri Barkey, Director, Middle East Program, Wilson Center
Host Carol Castiel and VOA Turkish Service Broadcaster, Alp Esmer, discuss whether or not Ankara’s decision to let Washington use its Incirlik Air Base in the fight against ISIL in Syria is ‘a game-changer’ or does Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have an ulterior political motive? What’s the status of Turkish – US relations? Whither the so-called peace process between the PKK, the Kurdistan Worker’s Party, and Ankara? Why does President Erdogan see the Syrian Kurds, who are a major US ally against ISIL, as more of a threat than ISIL? We’ll ask our guest, Henri Barkey, a prominent Middle East and Turkish expert, currently Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.