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Erdogan’s Turkey in the Balkans: A Rival of the West?
March 19, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Since the early 1990s, Turkey has been intimately involved in the politics of the Balkans. From Bosnia to Bulgaria and from Greece to Montenegro, it has seen its economic footprint as well as ties to local Muslim communities increase. Turkey has significantly contributed to and facilitated regional cooperation and stability. At the same time, skeptics argue that the illiberal regime established by President Tayyip Erdoğan poses a political and ideological threat to struggling democracies of the region while also challenging the EU’s policy of enlargement.
The panel convened by the Forum on Southeast Europe brings together leading experts to explore Turkey’s security, economic, and cultural ties to the countries of the region as well as its competition for influence in relation to the EU and Russia.