Academic Lecture Series

Every January since 1956, the DCA Academic Lecture Series has brought topical, global issues in focus, offering attendees first-hand knowledge of the issues.

Past topics include:
“Inside the Asian Cauldron”
“Europe — Challenge and Change”
“Cuba Ahora”
“Russian Roulette”
“Islam, From Muhammad to the Millennium”
“Border Heat, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan”
“Rising China”
“After the Arab Spring… What Next?”
“Making the World Go Round… Global Economics”

The January 2019 series topic – “Turkey at a Crossroads”

Turkey and the Neighborhood
Steven Cook, Council on Foreign Relations

Dr. Steven Cook, an expert on Arab and Turkish politics and U.S. and Middle Eastern policy, is a senior fellow for Middle Eastern and African Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Dr. Cook is an author, a columnist for Foreign Affairs magazine, published widely in journals, opinion magazines and newspapers, and is a commentator on radio and television. He also writes a blog called “From the Potomac to the Euphrates.” He earned his BA from Vassar College in international studies; his MA from John Hopkins University in international relations; and another MA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in political science. He speaks  Arabic, Turkish and reads French.

National Identity Contestation – From Ataturk’s Republic to Erdogan’s “New Turkey”
Lisel Hintz, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Dr. Lisel Hintz, assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, specializes in the people of Turkey–society, politics, and nationalism.

Dr. Hintz has taught at Barnard College, Cornell University and the University of Kent, Brussels. Her PhD is from George Washington University, where she was also a researcher at Bilkent University in Ankara and her B.A. is from Northwestern University in German language. She is fluent in Turkish and speaks French, Spanish and German. A featured speaker on many international panels, Dr. Hintz is also an author and has also published many articles.

 The Kurds of Turkey, Syria, and Iraq
Amy Austin Holmes, Harvard University; Wilson Center

Dr. Amy Austin Holmes is a visiting scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, and a fellow at the Wilson Center, while on leave from the American University in Cairo. She is a former Fulbright scholar, and finished her PhD at Johns Hopkins University. Her book Social Unrest and American Military Bases in Turkey and Germany since 1945 was published by Cambridge University Press.

Having spent a decade living in the Middle East through the period known as the Arab Spring, she has published numerous articles on Egypt, Turkey, Bahrain, and the Kurdish regions of Iraq and Syria. She has given TV and radio interviews with NPR, BBC, Al Jazeera, and other outlets.

Between Ankara, Brussels and Moscow
Amanda Sloat, Brookings Institution

Dr. Amanda Sloat is a Robert Bosch senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution. She is also a fellow in the Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Dr. Sloat has served in the U.S. government for nearly a decade. She served in the Barack Obama administration as the assistant secretary for Southern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean Affairs at the State Department, as well as senior advisor to the White House coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and Gulf region. Dr. Sloat holds a doctorate in politics from the University of Edinburgh and a bachelor’s in political theory from James Madison College at Michigan State University. 

Divergent Interests: The Erosion of the U.S. – Turkish Alliance
Aaron Stein, Foreign Policy Research Institute

Dr. Aaron Stein is the new Director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Program on the Middle East.

Previously, Dr. Stein was a resident senior fellow of the Atlantic Council, where he managed their Turkey-related research program, oversaw work on nonproliferation in the Middle East with a focus on Iran, and researched non-state actors in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Kurdish groups in Syria and Iraq. He also hosts the Arms Control Wonk and the Turkey Wonk podcasts. He holds a BA in politics from the University of San Francisco and an MA in international policy studies with a specialization in nonproliferation from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Dr. Stein received his PhD in Middle East and Mediterranean studies at Kings College, London.

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Academic Lecture Series Committee
Speakers Committee Chairs: Kate Larson, Mary Genco
Speakers Committee: Kate Larson, Mary Genco, Martha Banks, Zeynep Saah, Ann Mandel, Susan Bhirud, Clare Myers
Series Coordinator: Susan Bhirud
Registrar: Christy Munro
Treasurer: Martha Banks
Mailing List: Robin Woods
Hospitality: Sally Schlachtenhaufen, Margie Anderson
Publicity: Zeynep Saah, Ann Lang, Adria Bates, Margie Anderson
Book List: Ann Lang, Robin Harvey