Bilkent University International Relations Research Seminar Series, 2020-2021, II

On October 22, 2020, Dr. G├Ân├╝l Tol (Middle East Institute) delivered a lecture for Bilkent's International Relations Seminar Series, offering an outlook for the 2020 US elections. The talk tackled important issues such as swing states, mail-in voting, voter suppression, and the role of the Supreme Court in the event the final result of the election is contested. Moreover, Dr. Tol explained the role played by the Electoral College as well as the challenges faced by the American electoral system in the ongoing pandemic.

The presentation was followed by a lively discussion of the reverberations the election is likely to have on foreign affairs. Dr. Tol discussed the likely evolution of US-Turkey relations if President Trump is re-elected versus if Joe Biden becomes president, offering insights about changes and continuities, and stressing the unprecedented nature of the 2020 election for US politics and the world.

Short Bio:
Dr. G├Ân├╝l Tol is the founding director of the Middle East Institute's Turkey Program and a senior fellow for the Frontier Europe Initiative. She is also an adjunct professor at George Washington University\'s Institute for Middle East Studies. She was also an adjunct professor at the College of International Security Affairs at the National Defense University. She has taught courses on Islamist movements in Western Europe, Turkey, world politics, and the Middle East. She has written extensively on Turkey-U.S. relations, Turkish domestic politics, and foreign policy and the Kurdish issue. She earned her Ph.D. from Florida International University.

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