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Turkey and Venezuela in Comparison


Sep 08 2017


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

Authoritarian Backlash

Authoritarian Backlash

Turkey and Venezuela in Comparison

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.

Free and open to the public. Light lunch served. 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 Central and East Asia in addition to the…...

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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 the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for…...

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