News & Views: Turkey Today
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News & Views: Turkey Today

Join us in Kansas City, KS, from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 20. We'll announce the timely topic, facilitator, and suggested articles earlier that week to give everyone a chance to prepare for the conversation.

When: Thursday, June 20, 2019
6-7 p.m.
Where: Tanner's Bar & Grill
3900 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, Kansas  66103
United States
Contact: April Diaz
(816) 423-2632

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About News & Views
Today, international news stories can change from minute to minute, and lectures and panel discussions can’t always dive in to the latest developments. News & Views, a new conversation-based series from the International Relations Council, brings together a small group of community members for respectful, substantive discussion around one of that week’s top international new stories. Facilitated by a seasoned member of the International Relations Council, the group meets in different informal settings around town, like a happy hour on the Plaza, for a guided conversation about a topic and articles that we’ll share just a few days in advance. Individuals of all backgrounds, interests, and perspectives are welcome – we just ask that you bring an open mind, thoughtful questions, and common courtesy. Registration is free but helps us with planning; individuals cover their own food and drinks.


Topic for June 20 News & Views

Turkey Today: Less than a decade ago, Turkey was viewed by some as a prime model for Middle Eastern countries on how a predominantly Muslim country can be democratic. Today, however, Erdoğan's government is frequently criticized for the use of far more authoritarian methods. The country has faced many changes due to an influx of over 3 million Syria refugees, a coup attempt that put the country in a continued state of emergency, ongoing conflicts with Kurds in the East, tested relationships with other countries as well as an internal economic downfall. Where does this put Turkey today? What can we guess about the country's future? We hope to see you on Thursday, May 20th to discuss it!


About the Facilitator
Dessa Crum currently works with international and immigrant students at Johnson County Community College as a student services coordinator and ESL instructor. Before her time at JCCC, she taught English in the Turkish cities of Gaziantep and Antalya from 2013 to 2016. She was one of thousands of instructors who lost their jobs during the purge following the 2016 coup attempt. 



Suggested Readings

Turkey's Three Moments of Truth


How America's Relationship with Turkey Fell Apart

How Istanbul's Mayoral Elections are Shaping the Future of Erdogan's Turkey


Exiled Turkish Military Officer Recreates his Life in the US

Turkey Continues to Arrest Dutch Citizens on Suspicion of PKK Support

Two Years after Overcoming Attempted Coup, Turkey Plagued by Widespread Arrests and Purges of Civil Servants


Candidates for Istanbul Mayor Hold Rare Debate 

Turkey and Russia are not Friends

Latest Crackdown, Violence Against Women Not Fiction 


This event is free and open to the public. We just ask that you RSVP for planning purposes. Registration for this event is capped at 15.