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The Heritage Foundation – Syria and the South Caucasus: Emerging Threats to Turkish and NATO Security

April 14, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Hosted by The Heritage Foundation

Co-hosted by the Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics (CENRG) and the Turkish Institute for Progress (TIP)


The Kremlin is sending a clear message that it is ready and willing to use Yerevan and Damascus as a pawn in its latest geostrategic game. In the era of Russian military adventurism, in the absence of democratic accountability over the Russia’s armed forces, and in the prevailing atmosphere of vindictiveness, the threats to the fragile balance in the region are dire. Turkey is a capstone of NATO southern flank. The escalation of tensions between Russia and Turkey is likely to have significant long-term geopolitical and economic consequences not just for the two countries, but for the entire region and beyond, including NATO and the United States. Join us while we address these issues and more.


More About the Speakers

Keynote Remarks by
Tugay Tunçer
Deputy Chief of Mission of the Republic of Turkey to the United States

Followed by Panel Discussion with
Luke Coffey
Director, Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Ariel Cohen, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics (CENRG)
and Senior Fellow at the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS)

Derya Taskin
President of the Turkish Institute for Progress (TIP)

Stephen Blank, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow for Russia, American Foreign Policy Council

Moderated by
James Phillips
Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs, The Heritage Foundation


April 14, 2016
9:30 am - 11:00 am
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The Heritage Foundation