MENA Salon: Turkey's Economic Turbulence and Rift with US

Workshop | September 7 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Chronic problems of the Turkish economy resurfaced before and after the anticipated presidential election in June, which for many was going to mark the beginning of a new era. It was assumed that the reelection of Erdogan may calm financial markets. But after the spat between US and Turkey over the fate of North Carolina Pastor Andrew Brunson, imprisoned in October 2016 in Turkey over alleged ties to the Gulen movement, the Turkish economy has worsened. The Turkish lira continued a nose-dive and a trade-war between the US and Turkey has erupted. What is the plan of Turkey's government? Do they have the resources and credibility to get themselves out of this turmoil? In this week's salon, we will delve deeper into this crisis.

Every Friday in the semester, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies hosts an informal weekly guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), open to all and free of charge.

 cmes@berkeley.edu, 510-642-8208