Middle East Studies Events

December 7, 2017: "The Demise of the US-Turkish Partnership? Strategic Partnership in the Erdogan and Trump Presidencies" with Sinan Ciddi, Executive Director of the Institute of Turkish Studies and a Visting Assistant Professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Time: 3:30 - 5:00pm
Location: SSB (Social Sciences Building) 106


The Turkish-American bilateral relationship has its roots embedded in the Cold War. By the late 2000s, the Obama administration labelled the relationship as a “model” partnership. Since the onset of the Arab uprisings and heightened instability in the near and Middle East, Turkey’s relationship with the United States (US) has come under increased strain, owing largely to divergent policies that have eroded trust and undermined cooperation. The US recently imposed the unprecedented measure of issuing a ban on the processing of non-immigrant visas in its US missions in Turkey. To what extent has the US-Turkish relationship suffered irreparable harm and are there ways that the partnership can be rebuilt? In the wider context, how will the US approach policy-making towards the MENA region if Turkey is not a partner or ally?

Past Events

Yaqub_photoImperfect Strangers: Americans, Arabs, And U.S.—Middle East Relations in the 1970s

A Talk by Salim Yaqub

Thursday, February 23rd
Eleanor Roosevelt College, Room 105

About the Talk:

Salim Yaqub argues that the 1970s were a pivotal decade in U.S.-Arab relations--a time when Americans and Arabs became an inescapable presence in each other's lives and perceptions, and when each society came to feel profoundly vulnerable to the political, economic, cultural, and even physical encroachments of the other. Throughout the seventies, these impressions aroused striking antagonism between the United States and the Arab world. Over the same period, however, elements of the U.S. intelligentsia grew more respectful of Arab perspectives, and a newly assertive Arab American community emerged into political life. These patterns left a contradictory legacy of estrangement and accommodation that continued in later decades and remains with us today.

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About the Speaker

Salim Yaqub is a Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Director of UCSB's Center for Cold War Studies and International History. He is the author of Containing Arab Nationalism: The Eisenhower Doctrine and the Middle East (University of North Carolina, 2004) and Imperfect Strangers:
Americans, Arabs, and U.S.-Middle East Relations in the 1970s, which was published by Cornell University Press in September 2016.


The UC San Diego Institute of Arts and Humanities is presenting "From Japanese Internment to the Muslim Ban: History Forgotten & Remembered," as part of its ongoing "Challenging Conversations" series.

Tuesday, February 21st
Multipurpose Room of the Student Business Services Building

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Muslim Ban


October 26th: Mafia State: The Politics of Organized Crime in Contemporary Turkey with Ryan Gingeras, Associate Professor, Naval Postgraduate School
Time: 3:30 - 5:00pm
Location: HSS (Humanities and Social Sciences Building) 4025

Ryan Gingeras is an associate professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School and is an expert on Turkish, Balkan and Middle East history. He is the author of four books, including most recently, Fall of the Sultanate: The Great War and the End of the Ottoman Empire 1908–1922. His Sorrowful Shores: Violence, Ethnicity, and the End of the Ottoman Empire received short list distinctions for the Rothschild Book Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies and the British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize. He has published on a wide variety of topics related to history and politics in such journals as Foreign Affairs, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Middle East Journal, Iranian Studies, Diplomatic History, Past & Present, and Journal of Contemporary European History.

Middle East Studies

CAESAR Programs Coordinator


Andrianna Martinez

Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Room 1024

(858) 534-4551