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Date : 27/03/2019 | Time : 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm | Location : The Spencer Room, Brooks's

For decades Turkey had virtually no Middle East policy. Atatürk had decreed that Turkey’s future lay with the secular West, not with the remains of the old Ottoman Empire or Iran. Elsewhere, Turkey was bordered mainly by an old enemy, Russia, and a newer one, Greece. This changed with the break-up of the Soviet Union; the rise of oil-rich Arab states; growing prosperity but also growing energy dependency on Russia and Iran; and – a novelty for Turkey – the assumption of power by a party which was not militantly secularist and which, in recent years, has embroiled Turkey in conflict in the Middle East, in particular in Syria, and has destabilised relations with Europe and the United States. In twenty years, Turkey has turned from being a bastion against Middle Eastern turmoil to being part of the problem

Sir David Logan was British Ambassador to Turkey from 1997 to 2001, having first served in Ankara between 1965 and 1969. For most of his diplomatic career he specialised in east-west relations and in defence policy. He was Assistant Under Secretary of State for Central and Eastern European Affairs, and for Defence Policy during the 1990’s. In retirement he has been Director of the Centre for Studies in Security and Diplomacy at Birmingham University (where he holds an honorary doctorate), a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, and Chair of the British Institute at Ankara.

The dress code at Brooks’s is suit and tie for men and ‘elegant’ for women. Guests are, of course, most welcome.

There will be a reception from 6.30 pm: wine and soft drinks will be on offer. The talk will start at 7.00 pm.


HFA Member: £21

Non-member: £23

All guest tickets (members and non-members): £18


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