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Turkey’s Middle East end-game and its implications for Canada focus of Friday talk

Chris Kilford

From Tripoli to Baku, and several points in-between, Turkey finds itself today on the front-lines of many regional conflicts. Meanwhile, on the home front, alleged followers of Turkish Islamic cleric Fetullah Gülen, who Turkey blames for the 2016 attempted military coup, continue to be arrested, the threat of renewed attacks by the Kurdish PKK lingers and the Turkish economy suffers. How will Turkey’s Middle East end-game play out?

Join Canadian International Council Prince George and UNBC Global Fridays for a tour-de-force discussion that will include insights gleaned from the speaker Chris Kilford’s last visit to Ankara and Istanbul in November 2019, and his recent research and upcoming book chapters on Canada-Turkey relations and Canada’s strategic engagement in the Middle East and North Africa.

The virtual session will go from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, February 26. To register for this free event, please sign up here.

Kilford is a member of the national board of the Canadian International Council (CIC) and President of the CIC Victoria branch. He holds a PhD in history from Queen’s University with a focus on civil-military relations in the developing world.

He enjoyed a 36-year career in the Canadian Armed Forces. He has served in the Department of National Defence in Canada’s Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan as the Deputy Military Attaché, and also at the embassy in Ankara, Turkey as the Canadian Defence Attaché.

Since retiring from the military Kilford has become a recognized expert on Turkish foreign policy and Middle Eastern political issues.


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