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Westminster Debate ‘Turkish-Israeli Relations’

Westminster Debate ‘Turkish-Israeli Relations’


The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) will be holding a Westminster Debate with Dr Louis Fishman, assistant professor of Modern Middle East history at Brooklyn College, City University of New York on 25th April 2018.

This event is kindly hosted by  Mohammad Yasin MP for Bedford and will be chaired by Jonathan Friedman, Director at Stroz Friedberg and political analyst. 

Please see speaker biography below.

The event will take place between 7-8:30 PM on Wednesday, 25 April 2018 in Committee Room 9, House of Commons.

Please note that security checks are required to enter House of Commons, we kindly ask you to arrive at 6:30 PM, allowing the event to start and end on time.

During the last twenty years, Turkish-Israeli relations have transformed from the two states having close diplomatic and military ties, to one much more characterized by its tense and cold relations. However, despite these difficulties, Turkey and Israel have continued to maintain ties, with economic and trade ties only growing stronger. In this talk, Louis Fishman will look at the intricacies of Turkish-Israeli relations and place them within an historical context, focusing on how domestic and regional politics have helped shaped their complicated ties. Towards the end of his talk he will also pose a few questions about what the future holds for these two countries.

We look forward to welcoming you to this event.



Speaker Biography

Louis Fishman is an assistant professor of Modern Middle East history at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. Currently he is working on the last stages of his book on late Ottoman Palestine. He regularly contributes to Haaretz, where he writes about Turkish and Israeli affairs, in addition to writing and providing political analysis to media outlets in Turkey, Israel and the US. He divides his time between New York, Istanbul, and Tel Aviv. He finished his BA at Haifa University, and his MA and PhD at the University of Chicago. In addition to giving talks in Israel, he also has taught classes at Sabanci, Bahcesehir, and Okan Universities.  

Jonathan Friedman is a recognised authority on the Middle East, advising investors, government policymakers and non-profits on developments in the region. He previously worked for former US Vice President Joe Biden and regularly comments in international print and broadcast media, including for the BBC, CNN, CNBC, Reuters, Bloomberg, the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal.

The views of our speakers do not necessarily represent the views of the Centre for Turkey Studies.




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