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Media Turn to History Prof. for Expertise on Turkish Issues

Howard Eissenstat, associate professor of history and internationally-renowned expert on Turkish politics, has been interviewed for a number of articles regarding international events taking place in the eastern Mediterranean. 

Eissenstat was quoted in a Sept. 12 story in The Telegraph, an award-winning news source that is among the top newspapers in the United Kingdom.

Read the story, titled, "Erdogan nurtures elite mercenary force to rival Russia's Wagner Group." (Subscription required)

To better understand Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s interests, global ambitions, and ideological outlook, the Turkey Program Coordinator for the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), Merve Tahiroğlu, spoke with Eissenstat about what motivates the president's foreign policy and how it displays both significant change from and notable continuity with the pre-Erdoğan era. 

Read the conversation.

PRI's The World, public radio’s longest-running daily global news program, also recently turned to Eissenstat for his insights into the energy rights crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean. The World wrote, "Eissenstat sees this crisis as evidence of a larger pattern playing out in Libya, Syria, and on the open sea. Increasingly, Turkey has been willing to use the strength of its military to push its way through to the bargaining table — and get what it wants."

Read the story, titled "Greece and Turkey sail toward a crisis of sea borders." 

Eissenstat also hosted historian Nicholas Danforth on a podcast featured by Conversation six, a new platform for creating short-form podcasts with world-leading experts in their field, about the same crisis as Turkey faces off against several regional powers.

Listen to the podcast.

National and international media often turn to Eissenstat on issues regarding Turkey. He also currently serves as a nonresident senior nonresident fellow with the POMED think tank. In addition to traditional academic work, Eissenstat served for over a decade as a Turkey Country Specialist for Amnesty International-USA. He has lectured at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. military, and the Canadian Foreign Service Institute, as well as given testimony to the Canadian Senate and offered briefings to Congressional Committees.