WACNH Live! Erdogan's Empire: With Dr. Soner Cagaptay

  • Wednesday, April 22, 2020
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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Please Note: We are currently putting a pause on all in-person WACNH programs through mid-May, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This will now be held virtually.

WACNH Live! Erdogan’s Empire:

With Dr. Soner Cagaptay

Due to the cancellation of all WACNH events in-person until at least mid-May because of COVID-19, we are happy to be launching WACNH Live! This series of virtual events will feature several of our originally planned upcoming speakers presenting on important international topics, straight to you at home.

On Wednesday (4/22) at 6pm, join us in hearing from Beyer Family fellow and director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute, Dr. Soner Cagaptay, as he discusses authoritarianism in President Erdoğan's Turkey. He will also discuss his newest book, Erdogan’s Empire: Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East, followed by a Q&A. All questions can be emailed to council@wacnh.org or posted in the YouTube Live chat before or during the event, so tune in here at wacnh.org and we hope to see you there!

When: Wednesday, April 22nd at 6:00 pm

Where: wacnh.org

This event was made possible by the generous support of:

The John Bickford Foundation

Charles and Barbara Bickford

Stephen and Karin Barndollar

Helen B. Taft and Peter Bowman


This event is free to watch, and copies of Cagaptay's newest book, Erdogan’s Empire: Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East, can be purchased from Amazon.


More About Soner Cagaptay


Soner Cagaptay is the Beyer Family 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 the Wall Street JournalWashington PostNew York TimesForeign Affairs, and The Atlantic. He has been a regular columnist for Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey's oldest and most influential English-language paper, and a contributor to CNN's Global Public Square blog. He appears regularly on Fox News, CNN, NPR, BBC, and CNN-Turk. His latest book, Erdogan's Empire: Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East, was published in September 2019 by I.B. Tauris.

A historian by training, Dr. Cagaptay wrote his doctoral dissertation at Yale University (2003) on Turkish nationalism. Dr. Cagaptay has taught courses at Yale, Princeton University, Georgetown University, and Smith College 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.

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 has also served on contract as chair of the Turkey Advanced Area Studies Program at the State Department's Foreign Service Institute. In 2012 he was named an American Turkish Society Young Society Leader.
After training in India, Dr. Cagaptay is certified as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 200 in 2018.

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