TORONTO, ON – Last week, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised the possibility of calling on the NATO military alliance, through Article 5 of the NATO Charter, to protect Turkish sovereignty from incursions by Syrian forces. This statement came after Syrian forces fired into Turkey, killing four Syrians seeking refuge. What are Turkey’s motives in threatening to invoke Article 5? How will this affect Western countries, given their hesitance to be involved in the Syrian uprising? Will such an event shake the organizational foundations of NATO? Are we witnessing a shift in the conflict? And how will possible Western intervention play out? Visiting lecturer Sarwar Professor Kashmeri of Dartmouth College will discusses these issues and more.
WHO: Professor Sarwar Kashmeri, professor of American foreign policy at Dartmouth College
WHAT: Lecture and Q&A on NATO protection of Turkish sovereignty
WHERE: Room 3130, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street, University of Toronto
WHEN: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Lecture 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.; Q&A session 2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
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