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TALK | Why Does Europe Need Turkey in the EU?

David Cuthell


Formal accession talks for Turkey to join the European Union began in 2005, even as vocal segments of European society oppose Turkey's membership on cultural and political grounds. David Cuthell examines Turkey's bid to join the EU from a new perspective, focusing on key aspects of EU-Turkey relations often neglected in mainstream commentary, such as labor demographics, regional security, and European economic and trade policy.

David Cuthell is the Executive Director of the Institute of Turkish Studies in Washington, D.C., and an adjunct professor of history at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. He lived in Turkey during the 1950s and 1960s, attended Yale University, and received an MBA from Columbia. He worked on Wall Street for 20 years before returning to Columbia, where he completed his Ph.D in 2004.