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The New Sultan Book Talks

SEESOX - Oxford, UK

Thursday, 18 January 2018 - 5:00pm

Location:  Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR


Speaker(s): Soner Cagaptay (Washington Institute for Near East Policy)

Chair: Ceren Lord (School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies)

Convenor: Ezgi Basaran (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

Discussant: Gareth Winrow (Independent Analyst on Turkey)

Santa Fe Council on International Relations- New Mexico

November 6, 2017

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Desert Academy, 7300 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe


Book Launch

April 18, 2017

Dr. Soner Cagaptay discusses his new book "The New Sultan" at his official book launch at the Washington Institute with panelists Amberin Zaman and Gönül Tol. 

University of Leiden- Netherlands

Exchanges on the Middle East II: Turkey and the Middle East​

September 14, 2017 in Leiden

17:00 - 19:00 at Leiden University's Centre for the Study of Islam and Society


While Turkey has long conceived of itself as a bridge between Asia and Europe, it also fostered ambitions to be a central player in regional and global affairs. In recent years, which were marked by conflicts and instability in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Turkey has sought to deepen its influence and power in the region. This public lecture and debate will explore the background of Turkey’s national, regional and international political strategies regarding the MENA region. This event is organized by LUCIS and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

World Affairs Council of Albaquerque - New Mexico

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2017, 6:00 PM


69th Program Year – Fourth Meeting @ WACA 


The Program: “The Rise of Erdogan: The Crisis of Turkey.

Sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories


Book Talk at DACOR: The New Sultan

August 9 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Price $25

DACOR Bacon House

1801 F Street NW, Washington, 20006

Book Launch with Dr Soner Cagaptay

September 11, 2017 in London

19:00 at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) is delighted to invite you to a launch of Dr Soner Cagaptay’s new book ‘The New Sultan: Erdogan and the Crisis of Modern Turkey’ on 11 September 2017.

In this book launch, Beyer Family fellow and Director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute, Dr Soner Cagaptay will look at President Erdoğan’s roots in Turkish history, what he believes in and how he has cemented his rule, as well as what this means for the world. The discussion will also unpick the ‘threats’ Erdogan has worked to combat – from the liberal Turks to the Gulen movement, from coup plotters to Kurdish nationalists – all of which have culminated in the crisis of modern Turkey.

Live Twitter Q&A with Soner

Monday, April 24th, 11am-12pm

Dr. Cagaptay answers your live twitter questions on Turkey, the referendum, and his new book from 11am-12pm on Monday. Tweet at him (@SonerCagaptay) with the tag #NewSultan and Soner will be choosing the best questions to answer!

92Y - New York

October 31, 2017

Location: 92Y New York


From the liberal Turks to the Gulen movement, from coup plotters to Kurdish nationalists, all of which have culminated in the crisis of modern Turkey.

In his recently published book, The New Sultan, author Sonor Cagaptay approaches the history of political Islam in Turkey through the lens of President Erdogan and unpicks the “threats” Erdogan has worked to combat. Join us as Cagaptay examines Erdogan’s roots in Turkish history, what he believes in and how he has cemented his rule, as well as what this means for the world.


There will be a book signing following this event.

Authoritarianism, Politics and Literature in Turkey: U.S. Book Launch of "The Time of Mute Swans"

November 16, Thursday 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Location:The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

1111 19th st NW #500

Washington, D.C. 20036

Live Broadcast available

Turkey is currently going through its most tumultuous period of social and political change since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire nearly a century ago, accompanied by  the growth of authoritarian politics under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan . Acclaimed Turkish  author and journalist  Ece Temelkuran argues that the path to understanding Turkey today lies in studying the 1980 military coup, and the ways in which the coup fundamentally altered Turkish society. This is the era of turbulence and transformation that Temelkuran explores in her latest book, The Time of Mute Swans: A Novel. To discuss this novel and the  intersection of authoritarianism and Erdogan's rule in Turkey, the Washington Institute is pleased to host a Policy Forum with Ece Temelkuran. She will be joined by former U.S. Ambassador Robert Finn and Institute expert Soner Cagaptay.

The Middle East Institute- Washington DC

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Location: The Middle East Institute

Event Title: What does 2018 have in store for Turkey?

Teach-In 2017: The Strength and Fragility of Constitutions

September 25, 2017 in Oklahama 

2:00 pm at The Univesity of Oklahama

Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center

Soner Cagaptay is director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute. He is the author of The New Sultan: Erdogan and the Crisis of Modern Turkey and has written extensively on U.S. and Turkish relations, Turkish domestic politics and Turkish nationalism, publishing in scholarly journals and major international print media, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times and numerous other publications. He appears regularly on Fox News, CNN, NPR, Voice of America, BBC and CNN-Turk.

Question-and-answer period to follow.


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