Often regarded as the bridge linking together Europe and Asia, Turkey has been part of NATO for more than 65 years. But some wonder whether NATO truly benefits from Turkey’s membership, particularly with the country’s potential turn toward authoritarianism under president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. And with the Turkish leader cozying up to Russia and China, we ask: Is Turkey still an important ally to the West?
Michael Doran – Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute & Fmr. Sr. Director, National Security Council
Reuel Marc Gerecht – Senior Fellow, The Foundation for Defense of Democracies & Fmr. CIA Case Officer
Bernard Haykel – Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
Brett McGurk – Fmr. Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS
Barbara Slavin – Director, The Future of Iran Initiative, The Atlantic Council