Florida Turkish American Association

Dr. Soner Cagaptay Lecture

Dr. Soner Cagaptay: Between East and West: Turkey’s Role in the Middle East and European Union Accession Efforts

Middle East Society

Florida International University

School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)

College of Arts and Sciences


Dr. Soner Cagaptay

Director, Turkish Research Program

Washington Institute for Near East Policy


“Between East and West: Turkey’s Role in the Middle East and European Union Accession Efforts”


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Wolfe University Center (WUC) Room 155

Biscayne Bay Campus

Florida International University                                            

3000 N.E. 151st Street, North Miami, Florida 33181

For information: 305.919.4839

Co-sponsored with:
FTAA, SGA and University of Miami
Soner Cagaptay
Director, Turkish Research Program


Soner Cagaptay is a senior fellow and director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute. He has written extensively on U.S.-Turkish relations, Turkish domestic politics, and Turkish nationalism, publishing in scholarly journals and major international print media, including Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, Jane's Defense Weekly, and Newsweek Türkiye. He also is a regular columnist for Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey's oldest and most influential English-language paper. He appears regularly on Fox News, CNN, NPR, Voice of America, al-Jazeera, BBC, CNN-Turk, and al-Hurra.

A historian by training, Dr. Cagaptay wrote his doctoral dissertation at Yale University (2003) on Turkish nationalism. Dr. Cagaptay has taught courses at Yale and Princeton on the Middle East, Mediterranean, and Eastern Europe. His spring 2003 course on modern Turkish history was the first offered by Yale in three decades. From 2006-2007, he was Ertegun Professor at Princeton University's Department of Near Eastern Studies. He currently serves as a visiting professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

Dr. Cagaptay is the recipient of numerous honors, grants, and chairs, among them the Smith-Richardson, Mellon, Rice, and Leylan fellowships, as well as the Ertegun chair at Princeton. He also serves as chair of the Turkey Advanced Area Studies Program at the State Department's Foreign Service Institute.

Expertise: Turkey, Turkey's EU accession, Turkey's relations with the Middle East, Energy politics in the Caucasus, Cyprus, Turkey-NATO relations, modern Turkish history, secularism and nationalism in Turkey, the late Ottoman Empire, and the Balkans.

Current Research: Turkey's future as a U.S. ally, Turkey's social and political transformation under the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, Turkish foreign policy under the AKP, Turkey's accession into the EU, the PKK and PKK infrastructure in Europe.

Languages: Turkish, German, French, Spanish, Bosnian, Ottoman Turkish, Hebrew, Azerbaijani

Selected Outside Publications:
• "Türklüge Geçis: Modern Türkiye'de Göç ve Din" Haldun Gülalp (der.) Vatandaslik ve Etnik Çatisma ["Transition to Turkishness: Migration and Religion in Modern Turkey" in Haldun Gulalp (ed.) Citizenship and Ethnic Conflict] (Istanbul: Metis, 2007).
• "Passage to Turkishness: Immigration and Religion in Modern Turkey," Haldun Gulalp, ed., Nationalism and Citizenship (London: Routledge, 2006).
Islam, Secularism and Nationalism in Modern Turkey: Who Is a Turk? (London: Routledge, 2006). Read a review.
• "Where Goes the U.S.-Turkish Relationship?" Middle East Quarterly XI, no 4 (fall 2004).
• "Race, Assimilation and Kemalism: Turkish Nationalism and the Minorities in the 1930s," Middle Eastern Studies 40, no. 3 (May 2004)
• "Citizenship and Nationalism in Interwar Turkey," Nations and Nationalism 9, no. 4 (October 2003)
• "Kim Türk, Kim Vatandas? Erken Cumhuriyet Dönemi Vatandaslik Rejimi üzerine bir Çalisma," (Who Is Turkish, Who Is a Citizen? A Study on the Citizenship Regime of Early Turkish Republic) Toplum Bilim (Istanbul), no. 98 (Fall 2003)
• "The November 2002 Elections and Turkey's New Political Era," Middle East Review of International Affairs 6, no. 4 (December 2002)


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