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Authoritarian Backlash: Turkey and Venezuela in Comparison

A Discussion with Robert Pearson and Patrick Duddy
September 8th, 2017
12:00 PM


Friday, September 8, 2017

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Forum for Scholars and Publics
Duke West Campus
011 Old Chem

A light lunch will be served.

Former US Ambassadors to Turkey and Venezuela discuss the ongoing political crises in each country, addressing the respective roles of government authority (personified by Presidents Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Nicolás Maduro) and civil society. Our panelists will address the constitutional issues at stake and the political and economic consequences of these crises.

Co-sponsored by the Duke University Middle East Studies Center (DUMESC), the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (CLACS), and the Political Science Department.

Robert Pearson

The Middle East Institute

Ambassador (ret) W. Robert Pearson is a non-resident scholar at The Middle East Institute. He focuses on Turkey with particular emphasis on U.S.-Turkey relations. His areas of interest include Turkey's relations with the EU, with Russia, with Middle Eastern countries, and with ...

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Patrick Duddy

Duke University

Patrick Duddy, a Visiting Senior Lecturer at Duke University, was one of the Department of State’s most senior Latin American specialists with exceptionally broad experience in trade, energy, public affairs, and crisis management. From 2007 to 2010, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to ...

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