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

Prof. ├ľmer Ta┼čp─▒nar (National Defense University, SAIS-JHU, and Brookings Institution) gave a talk for Bilkent\'s International Relations Seminar Series about the results of the 2020 US presidential elections. The presentation focused on the two candidates - President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden - and the historic circumstances in which they competed for the White House. Prof. Ta┼čp─▒nar discussed the implications of a Biden Presidency for American foreign policy, especially for relations between the United States and China, Russia, NATO, and Turkey. He pointed out that US foreign relations under President Biden would be characterized by a combination of engagement and realpolitik, including some elements of continuity with the approach adopted by President Trump. Prof. Ta┼čp─▒nar discussed the transactional nature of US-Turkey relations if former Vice President Biden wins the White House.

Short Bio:
Dr. ├ľmer Ta┼čp─▒nar is a professor at the National Defense University and a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is also an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins University, SAIS (School of Advanced International Studies). His areas of expertise include Turkish-American relations, the European Union, the Middle East, Muslims in Europe, political Islam and Kurdish nationalism. In addition to several short publications and scholarly articles, he is the author of three books: "Kurdish Nationalism and Political Islam: Kemalist Identity in Transition" (Routledge, 2005); "Wining Turkey: How the EU and the US can restore a fading partnership " (with Philip Gordon, Brookings Press 2008) and "What the West is Getting Wrong about the Middle East" (IB Tauris, 2020)

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