The Turkish autocracy sees the U.S. as its Public Enemy #1.

The Arizona Senior Academy is hosting weekly foreign policy discussions of “Great Decisions 2018” by the Foreign Policy Association from February 8 through March 29.

The fifth discussion, entitled “Turkey: a Partner in Crisis,” will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday (March 8) in the Senior Academy’s Great Room. It will analyze the increasingly authoritarian rule in Turkey and what this means for U.S. interests.

Of all NATO allies, Turkey represents the most daunting challenge for the Trump administration. In the wake of a failed military coup in July 2016, the autocratic trend in Ankara took a turn for the worse. One year on, an overwhelming majority of the population considers the United States to be their country’s greatest security threat.

In this age of a worsening “clash of civilizations” between Islam and the West, more important than its place on the map is what Turkey symbolizes as the most institutionally Westernized Muslim country in the world.

Discussion will focus on the ascendancy of political Islam from the 1990s through the Gulen Movement to the attempted coup in 2016 and its aftermath on an autocracy which sees the U.S. as its Public Enemy #1. The discussion leader, Marna Broekhoff, has first-hand experience with some of these issues from living in Turkey for three years.

Each weekly program begins at 2:30 p.m. and ends at 4:30 or so. The remaining topics and dates are “U.S. Global Engagement and the Military” on March 15; “South Africa’s Fragile Democracy” on March 22; and “Global Health: Progress and Challenges” on March 29.

For further information on “Great Decisions 2018” visit the Foreign Policy Association at

Written by Marna Broekhoff, Academy Village Volunteer

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Turkey – A NATO Ally in Crisis: March 2018