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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

Middle East Revisionist Powers Will Keep the US Engaged in the Region By Henri J Barkey - Jun 16, 2021

President Joe Biden has yet to express his policy preferences regarding the Middle East, but considerable discussions already have arisen about his perceived effort to focus more intensively on the Pacific region and on China in particular. There is no question that East Asia and China have become a priority for the administration, as evidenced … Continue reading “Middle East Revisionist Powers Will Keep the US Engaged in the Region”

Erdogan Wastes Turkey’s Geographic Position of Strategic Influence By Henri J Barkey - Apr 25, 2021

Turkey’s geography, at the juncture of the Middle East, Europe and Asia, means events in all these regions affect its interests, geopolitical calculations and alliance commitments. Turkey’s leadership, therefore, must constantly calibrate the level and nature of the country’s engagement. The current crisis in the Black Sea region, between Russia and the Ukraine, is one … Continue reading “Erdogan Wastes Turkey’s Geographic Position of Strategic Influence”

Turkey’s Engagement with Somalia Offers a Window into Its Strategy to Build Influence By Henri J Barkey - Jan 27, 2021

In November, Turkey volunteered to pay off about $3.4 million of Somalia’s debt to the IMF. This month, Mogadishu approved a law that opens up the country to exploration by foreign oil companies. It formalizes arrangements behind an invitation a year ago to Turkish oil companies to explore in Somali waters, revealed then by Turkey’s … Continue reading “Turkey’s Engagement with Somalia Offers a Window into Its Strategy to Build Influence”

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”