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Abstract: As Turkey tries to respond to changes in its turbulent environment, its orientation toward the Black Sea area presents opportunities and challenges. The region encompasses several distinctly different “neighbors,” including Russia, Georgia and Balkan state—but also the EU, which now has a Black Sea frontier, and the United States. My current research is focusing on Turkish attitudes and actions toward this region—and its powers—and how this might fit into Turkey’s new, more assertive foreign policy.
Speaker Bio: RONALD H. LINDEN is Director of the EU Center of Excellence and the European Studies Center and Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh.
A Princeton Ph.D. (1976), he was Director of the Center for Russian and East European Studies from 1984-89 and 1991-98. From 1989 to 1991 Dr. Linden served as Director of Research for Radio Free Europe in Munich, Germany with responsibility for observing and analyzing the extraordinary changes in East Europe. During 2009-2010 Dr. Linden was a Transatlantic Academy Fellow at the German Marshall Fund in Washington, where he was part of a project devoted to studying Turkish foreign policy.
He is co-author and editor of the 2012 volume, Turkey and Its Neighbors: Foreign Relations in Transition and, with Yasemin Irepoğlu, “Turkey and the Balkans: New Forms of Political Community?” forthcoming in Turkish Studies. Publications on East Europe include introductions for and editing of two Special Issues of Problems of Post- Communism, on “The Meaning of 1989 and After,” (2009) and on “The New Populism in Central and Southeast Europe” (2008). He is the author of “EU Accession and the Role of International Actors,” in Sharon Wolchik and Jane Curry (eds.) Central and East European Politics: From Communism to Democracy, 2nd edition (2010) and “The Burden of Belonging: Romanian and Bulgarian Foreign Policy in the New Era,” Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies (2009). He was also a Contributing Author to the volume, The Berlin Wall: 20 Years Later, published by the US Department of State commemorating twenty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, 2009.
Dr. Linden has received research grants from the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research and from the International Research and Exchanges Board. He has been a Fulbright Research Scholar, a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer, a Research Scholar at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies of the Woodrow Wilson Center, a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace under the Jennings Randolph Program on International Peace, and a Guest Scholar of the East European Studies Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center.
This event is free and open to the public.