On Tuesday, April 9, 2019 the Turkish Heritage Organization hosted a “Conversation on Transatlantic Relations” at the National Press Club. The panel included Ambassador Nicholas Burns and Professor Gulnur Aybet and was moderated by Samantha Vinograd.
The event began with a discussion on examining the history of the U.S. and Turkish relationship. Moderator Samantha Vinograd mentions the idea of the U.S. and Turkey existing currently in a period in which the relations are in transition and Professor Aybet quipped that “it is hard to think of a time when they weren’t.” Professor Aybet then went on to discuss the four phases of this relationship during the Soviet Era phase, the 1990’s phase, the 2003 phase and the fourth phase under President Obama due in large part to blatant confusion. Professor Aybet discusses that “the matter was primarily centered around Syria. America has been insouciant and careless when it comes to their strategic alliance with Turkey, as they don’t take Turkey’s national security concerns seriously.” Professor Aybet then went on to discuss some positive aspects of the U.S.-Turkish relationship.