Turkey’s Identity Struggles

21 April 2022 – The Center for Russian Studies hosted Lisel Hintz (Johns Hopkins) for a talk on Turkey’s identity struggles as seen through popular culture. Jenny White (Stockholm University) served as discussant.    

Will Iran Build the Bomb?

17 March 2022 – the Center for Russian Studies hosted John Mearsheimer, who deliver a talk on Iran’s nuclear program. For the discussion, he was joined by Mahsa Rouhi and Tytti Erästö. A video recording of the event can be found here.      

Documenting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

17 February 2022 – we hosted Annie Tracy Samuel, who was joined by Eric Lob. In her recent book, The Unfinished History of the Iran-Iraq War: Faith, Firepower, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (Cambridge, 2021),  Annie Tracy Samuel presents an innovative and compelling history of this organization and, by using the Iran-Iraq War as a focal point, analyzes the links

The American Passport in Turkey

16 November 2021 – In the third Global Middle East Seminar this fall, we will host Özlem Altan-Olcay and Evren Balta for a discussion of their new book, The American Passport in Turkey: National Citizenship in the Age of Transnationalism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020). Their work “explores the diverse meanings and values that people outside of the United

Reviving the Passports of a Dead State

11 November 2021 – We are pleased to host Görkem Aydemir and Claire Kaiser for a Zoom webinar. Görkem will draw on her current research for a talk titled “Reviving the Passports of a Dead State: Il/legalities in the de facto Georgia-Abkhazia Borderland” and Claire will serve as discussant. To register, please click here. Görkem Aydemir

Rogues and Revolutionaries: Young Turks and the Global Order after WWI

18 October 2021 – In the second GMES seminar this year, we will host Michael Reynolds and Alp Yenen, who will each present new research on the formation of the modern Middle East during the Ottoman Empire’s collapse and the establishment of post-Ottoman states. Both scholars are currently working on the Young Turks: Reynolds is

Worlds Apart: A Documentary History of US-Iranian Relations, 1978-2018

21 September 2021 – In the first panel of the Global Middle East Seminar Series for the Fall 2021 semester, authors Malcolm Byrne and Kian Byrne discussed their new book, Worlds Apart: A Documentary History of U.S.-Iranian Relations, 1978-2018 (Cambridge University Press, 2021). In this unique history, Byrne and Byrne put the records first to

Challenging the Norms of Warfare: Historical Perspectives from Yemen and Iraq

3 June 2021 – In the fifth iteration of the Global Middle East Seminar series, founded by the Woodrow Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program and Bilkent University’s Center for Russian Studies, renowned historian Joseph Sassoon and Wilson Center Fellow Asher Orkaby sat down with Michael Brill, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Near Eastern