Panel to Discuss 'Turkey, Israel and the Greater Middle East'

A panel that includes New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Ethan Bronner and prominent Turkish columnist Semih İdiz will discuss "Turkey, Israel and the Greater Middle East" on Tuesday, March 1, at Duke University.

The discussion, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 04 of the Sanford School of Public Policy, is free and open to the public.

The panel will examine the once-close but now increasingly strained relationship between Israel and Turkey; the impact of Turkish-Israeli relations on ongoing events in the Middle East; perspectives on Turkey as a democratic model for Arab countries; and Israeli views on the democratic uprisings sweeping the Middle East.

Ethan BronnerBronner has been the New York Times' Jerusalem bureau chief since March 2008. Previously he served as the paper's deputy foreign editor and assistant editorial page editor. He has also worked in the paper's investigative unit, where he focused on the Sept. 11 attacks and helped edit a series of articles on al Qaeda, which was awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism.

Semih Idizİdiz is renowned columnist for Milliyet, one of Turkey's leading Turkish dailies, and for Hürriyet Daily News, a leading English daily published in Istanbul. He specializes in foreign policy issues. He is also a commentator and diplomatic editor for the television channel CNN Türk, and a frequent contributor to BBC World, CNN, VOA, and Al-Jazeera, among other global media outlets.

Sanford School Dean Bruce Kuniholmwill moderate the discussion. A brief reception will follow. Parking is available in the Bryan Center parking garage.

The event is sponsored by Duke's Center for Jewish Studies, Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke University Center for Middle East Studies, Duke University Center for Muslim Life, the Emmanuel J. and Sara N. Evans Foundation, and the Sanford School of Public Policy.