Turkey/Russia arms deal: What can NATO do?

Turkey/Russia arms deal: What can NATO do?

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR
Speaker(s): 
Ziya Meral (Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research)
Chair: 
Ezgi Başaran (SEESOX, St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Convenor: 
Ezgi Başaran (SEESOX, St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Discussant: 
David Logan (British Institute at Ankara)
Series: 
SEESOX

Turkish relations with Russia are deepening, while its relations with the USA are deteriorating. What is the future of Turkey's place in the NATO? What are the implications of recent developments for security and defence within NATO borders? Are we witnessing an end to Turkey's place in the alliance? Dr Meral will offer reflections on the current context, underlying problems and offer some recommendations on how to contain risks and fall out. Dr Meral is a Senior Resident Fellow at the UK Army's own think tank, CHACR, and a Senior Associate Fellow at RUSI, and often directly partakes in conversations on future of NATO and trends in defence, as well as long standing work on observing Turkish foreign policy and politics.

Ziya Meral is a British and Turkish researcher. He specialises in politics and foreign policies of Turkey and the Middle East, thematic issues surrounding interaction of religion with global affairs, and British defence and security. He is a Senior Resident Fellow at the UK Army's new Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research - a civilian and military think tank providing independent analysis and research on defence and security based at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.  He is also a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, and  Director of the Centre on Religion and Global Affairs, based in London and Beirut.

Sir David Logan was British Ambassador to Turkey from 1997-2001, and also served at the British Embassy there between 1966-1970. For most of his Diplomatic Service career he specialised in east-west relations and in defence policy, with appointments as Assistant Under Secretary for Central and Eastern European Affairs, and for Defence Policy. He has been Director of the Centre for Studies in Security and Diplomacy; a senior Fellow of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue; and Director and consultant to a range of British, Russian and Turkish companies. He served as the Chairperson of the BIAA between 2006-2017, and is now an Honorary Vice-President.