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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

A Biden Administration Is Bad News for Turkey’s Erdogan By Henri J Barkey - Nov 11, 2020

Joe Biden’s victory as the next US president represents a significant setback for Turkey’s president. Recep Tayyip Erdogan had managed to establish a close and personal relationship with President Donald Trump that protected him from a Washington establishment, Republican and Democrat, increasingly critical of Turkey’s aggressive foreign policy and intensifying authoritarianism. Trump’s lackadaisical approach to … Continue reading “A Biden Administration Is Bad News for Turkey’s Erdogan”

The UAE-Israel Agreement Isn’t Only About Iran. There’s Also Turkey By Henri J Barkey - Sep 17, 2020

First impressions of the Israel-UAE normalization agreement are that the Israelis managed to break through another symbolic barrier by establishing relations with an Arab country that Israel shares no border with – adding Bahrain to the list most recently. For the Emirates, the agreement showed it could achieve what most countries could not: stop Israeli … Continue reading “The UAE-Israel Agreement Isn’t Only About Iran. There’s Also Turkey”

What’s Next in the Eastern Mediterranean? By Henri J Barkey - Sep 1, 2020

Tensions are visibly mounting in the Eastern Mediterranean. Greek and Turkish navies have conducted rival exercises. The Turkish seismic research vessel, the Oruç Reis, accompanied by naval vessels, has proceeded with exploration activities in areas deemed to be within Greece’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Commensurately, the level of hostile rhetoric accompanying these tensions has also … Continue reading “What’s Next in the Eastern Mediterranean?”

Turkey’s ‘Blue Homeland’ Doctrine on the Mediterranean Takes Shape in Libya By Henri J Barkey - Jun 22, 2020

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gambled big in Libya and won big – so far. This victory portends important changes in the politics of the Mediterranean, for Turkey has succeeded not only in demonstrating its determination to become the dominant player in the Eastern Mediterranean, but also in showcasing its military prowess and wherewithal. The … Continue reading “Turkey’s ‘Blue Homeland’ Doctrine on the Mediterranean Takes Shape in Libya”

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”