“What the New Turkey Can Tell Us About the New Middle East”
The Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations, a partner of the Institute for Iraqi Studies, co-sponsored the 2012 Campagna-Kerven lecture on modern Turkey. The lecture was delivered by journalist, author, and Boston University Professor Stephen Kinzer.
Stephen Kinzer is a veteran New York Times correspondent who has reported from more than fifty countries on five continents. During the 1980s he covered revolution and social upheaval in Central America. In 1990, he was promoted to bureau chief of the Berlin bureau and covered the growth of Eastern and Central Europe as they emerged from Soviet rule. He was also New York Times bureau chief in Istanbul (Turkey) from 1996 to 2000. He currently teaches journalism and United States foreign policy at Boston University.Kinzer has written several non-fiction books about Turkey, Central America, Iran, the US overthrow of foreign governments from the late 19th century to the present and, most recently, about Rwanda’s recovery from genocide. He has spoken out widely against a potential U.S. attack on Iran, warning that it would destroy the pro-US sentiment that has become widespread among the Iranian populace under the repressive Islamic regime.