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The U.S.-Turkish Israeli Strategic Triangle

A conference held under the auspices of the Center for International Studies at the University of Virginia
April 1-2, 2011
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The Mavi Marmara flotilla affair on May 31, 2010 brought to a head tension that had been growing between the closest allies of the United states in the Middle East region, Turkey, and Israel. It also revealed that many of the old assumptions about the essential congruity of interests among the U.S., Turkey and Israel that had prevailed during most of the Cold War era could no longer be taken for granted. While the three countries still shared certain values and concerns, each saw issues in the Middle East through somewhat different lenses. In part, this was dictated by differing geo-strategic concerns - and was therefore perhaps inevitable - and in part this was due to the impact of public opinion in each of the three countries.

The conference sought to use the optic of the U.S.-Turkish-Israeli strategic triangle to shed light on changing issues in the Middle East region - including Iran, the Arab-Israeli peace process, and political Islam. The conference brought together participants from Turkey and Israel, along with American foreign policy analysts from the University of Virginia and elsewhere.

Distinguished speakers included: Henri Barkey, Carnegie Endowment and Lehigh University; Shlomo Brom, Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv University; Ambassador Tina Kaidanow, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs; Gregory Gause, Department of Political Science, University of Vermont; Yaprak Gursoy, Bilgi University, Istanbul; Soli Özel, Kadir Has University, Istanbul; Trita Parsi, National Iranian American Council, Washington DC; and William B. Quandt, University of Virginia Department of Politics.

Distinguished commentators included: Ellen Laipson, Henry L. Stimson Center; Jeffrey Legro, University of Virginia Department of Politics; Allen Lynch, University of Virginia Department of Politics; Farzaneh Milani, University of Virginia Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures, Studies in Women and Gender; Ruhi Ramazani, University of Virginia Department of Politics; Brantly Womack, University of Virginia Department of Politics; and Philip Zelikow, University of Virginia Department of History.
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