Panelists include Dr. Soner Cagaptay, Senior Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Dr. Philip Robins, Lecturer in Middle East Politics, Oxford University. Moderated by Emanuele Ottolenghi.
Dr. Soner Cagaptay
Director, Turkish Research Program
Soner Cagaptay is a senior fellow and director of The Washington Institute's Turkish Research Program. He has written extensively on U.S.-Turkish relations, Turkish domestic politics, and Turkish nationalism, publishing in scholarly journals such as Middle East Quarterly, Middle Eastern Studies, and Nations and Nationalism.
Dr. Cagaptay frequently writes commentary in major international print media including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Reuters, Guardian, Der Spiegel, and La Stampa. He also appears regularly on Fox News, CNN, NPR, Voice of America, al-Jazeera, BBC, CNN-Turk, and al-Hurra.
Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi is Executive Director at the Transatlantic Institute in Brussels. He previously taught Israel Studies at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and at the Middle East Centre of St. Antony's College, Oxford University.
He holds a degree in Political Science from University of Bologna, Italy, and a Ph.D. in political theory from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Since 1998 he is at Oxford.
His research focuses on Israeli domestic politics, specifically coalition and party politics, and elections, post-Zionism, the Arab-Israeli conflict (mainly the Oslo era), Europe's new anti-Semitism and European attitudes to the Middle East. He is currently finishing a book on Israel's electoral reforms in the 1990s.
Dr. Philip Robins
Dr. Philip Robins is a Faculty Fellow and University Lecturer in the Politics of the Middle East. His current research interests include foreign policy analysis, public policymaking and illegal drugs.
His recent publications include: Suits and Uniforms: Turkish Foreign Policy Since the Cold War (University of Washington Press, 2003), soon to be available in Turkish (Arkadas); and A History of Jordan (Cambridge University Press, 2004).