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Turkey Today and Tomorrow -
Dr. Chris Kilford and Dr. Can Mutlu, in conversation with Glenn Davidson, former
Ambassador to Syria.

Two eminent scholars with recent experience in Turkey will address the challenges
facing this major regional power and NATO ally and what the future may hold for Turkey.

Turkey, a country with a population almost the same as Germany, and of immense international importance, is not well understood in Canada.

Turkey today faces many pressing domestic and foreign policy challenges. Its EU aspirations are at a virtual standstill. The relationship between Ankara and Washington is at a low point. The pressures of its internal war with the Kurdish PKK, and of supporting millions of Syrian refugees, are enormous. While President Erdogan enjoys considerable popularity and support in Turkey, his strong-armed approach to suppressing internal dissent, especially after the abortive 2016 coup attempt, has raised many questions within Turkey and among its friends and allies. The way ahead for Turkey is far from clear.

Dr. Chris Kilford and Dr. Can Mutlu will discuss these and other important issues during what promises to be a fascinating and informative evening


Chris R. Kilford is a Fellow with the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy, a Research Fellow with the Conference of Defence Associations Institute, President of the Canadian International Council, Victoria Branch, and a sessional professor with the Royal Military College and the Canadian Forces College. From July 2009 until July 2010, Dr. Kilford was posted to the Canadian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan as the Canadian Deputy Military Attaché (Lieutenant Colonel) and then to the Canadian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, as the Canadian Defence Attaché (Colonel) from July 2011 until August 2014. Chris retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in September 2014.

Chris completed a PhD in history at Queen’s University in 2009. His articles and opinion pieces on Canadian defence and foreign policy issues plus Turkish and Middle Eastern matters have appeared in numerous Canadian and international publications and he has become a frequent commentator for CTV and other media outlets.

Can Mutlu teaches International Politics and Security Studies as Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, Acadia University. He earned a Ph.d at the University of Ottawa following a BA and MA at UVic. Prior to his time at Acadia Univeristy, he was an Assistant Professor of International Relations, at the Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.

His research interests include different aspects of contemporary security practices, including: Border Security, Migration and Refugee Studies, and Technology and Security. Can is currently finishing three books: 1) on the Status Syrian Refugees in Turkey, which builds on his 3-year long field work in Turkey; 2) another on the external border security and migration management practice of the EU; and 3) one on Architecture and Security.

Glenn Davidson Vice-Admiral Glenn Davidson was Ambassador of Canada to Afghanistan, May 2012-July 2013, and served as Ambassador of Canada to Syria Sept. 2008 -March 2012, a period marking the beginning of the Arab Spring and Syria's descent into civil war.

Prior to his diplomatic postings, Ambassador Davidson was a career naval officer, with postings in Brussels, Ottawa, Tokyo, Victoria, Toronto and Halifax. He commanded HMCS KOOTENAY, the Pacific Operational Squadron, and Canada's Maritime Forces Atlantic and was Canada's Military Representative to NATO from 20014-2008, retiring as Vice-Admiral.





Presented by the Halifax Branch of the Canadian International Council, in co-operation with the Centre for the Study of Security and Development, Dalhousie University and Halifax Public Library.


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