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History Prof. Pens Op-Ed in WaPo on Erdogan Visit to DC

Howard Eissenstat, associate professor of history and expert on Turkish affairs, wrote an opinion article for The Washington Post ahead of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meeting with President Trump on May 16, 2017.

Eissenstat wrote that Erdogan’s visit is "framed by his recent moves to centralize power at home — and by intensifying disputes over the role of Syrian Kurds in the campaign against the Islamic State."

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He also spoke to Muftah regarding the May 16 violence in Washington, D.C., following Erdogan's meeting with Trump, which involved Turkish security personnel and a group of Kurdish protesters.

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Eissenstat wrote a report for the Project on Middle East Democracy, POMED, ahead of Turkey's April 16 referendum, which gave Erdogan greater powers as president, and was widely quoted on the subject in national and international media.