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Henri J Barkey

Henri J Barkey is the Cohen Professor of International Relations at Lehigh University and an adjunct senior fellow for Middle East Studies at the Council of Foreign Relations. He is the former director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Barkey is also a former public policy scholar at the Wilson Center. His most recent works include “Turkey's Syria Predicament” and “Iraq, Its Neighbors and the United States,” co-edited with Phebe Marr and Scott Lasensky. He served as a member of the US State Department Policy Planning Staff working primarily on issues related to the Middle East, the Eastern Mediterranean, and intelligence from 1998 to 2000.

Articles By Henri J Barkey

After the Pandemic: Globalization Is Here to Stay, But Will Need Reform By Henri J Barkey - Mar 27, 2020

A spate of new published articles in the press have suggested that the number one victim of the coronavirus is globalization. Some have lamented its passing while others have rejoiced at the idea. There is no doubt that this crisis has taken, and will continue to take, an enormous toll on every institution and individual. … Continue reading “After the Pandemic: Globalization Is Here to Stay, But Will Need Reform”

Erdogan’s Libyan Adventure Is About Shoring Up His Own Legacy as Much as Winning More Respect for Turkey By Henri J Barkey - Jan 13, 2020

The president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced this week that Turkish troops would gradually be deployed to Libya to support the increasingly beleaguered internationally recognized Tripoli government, also known as the Government of National Accord. This announcement, sanctioned by the Turkish parliament where Erdogan’s party has a commanding majority, follows an agreement signed in … Continue reading “Erdogan’s Libyan Adventure Is About Shoring Up His Own Legacy as Much as Winning More Respect for Turkey”

Turkey and Libya’s Agreement on the Mediterranean Is About Energy and the Extension of Ankara’s Influence By Henri J Barkey - Dec 13, 2019

On November 27, Turkey and Libya’s Government of National Accord, or GNA for short, the “internationally recognized government,” signed a controversial Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) delineating their security and maritime boundaries. The signing has rankled neighbors, starting with two European Union members, Greece and Cyprus, as well as Egypt. They perceive the agreement as a … Continue reading “Turkey and Libya’s Agreement on the Mediterranean Is About Energy and the Extension of Ankara’s Influence”

Erdogan Conquers Trump: The Postmortem of a Visit By Henri J Barkey - Nov 22, 2019

Coming after Turkey’s invasion of Northern Syria, many among both Turks and Americans wondered why President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had bothered to make the trip to Washington at a time when the mood was so decidedly anti-Turkish. What could he achieve? The timing was also inauspicious as it coincided with the beginning of the public phase of President Trump’s impeachment hearing … Continue reading “Erdogan Conquers Trump: The Postmortem of a Visit”

The Eastern Mediterranean Region Will Remain Tense, But Is Unlikely to See Major Conflict By Henri J Barkey - Sep 8, 2019

A great deal of uncertainty reigns in the wider Eastern Mediterranean. Old political fissures, such as the Turkish-Cypriot conflict, not to mention the Israel-Lebanon (and Iran) disputes, have been exacerbated by new developments with yet to be discerned consequences. The changing geopolitics of energy, following the gas discoveries by Cyprus, Egypt and Israel, the US-Turkish … Continue reading “The Eastern Mediterranean Region Will Remain Tense, But Is Unlikely to See Major Conflict”