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On the Eve of the Turkish Referendum

Amanda Sloat

April 5, 2017

On April 16, Turkish voters will go to the polls in a referendum on constitutional changes that would significantly strengthen the power of the president. U.S. foreign policy expert Dr. Amanda Sloat recently addressed these proposed reforms, policy implications, and state of U.S.-Turkey relations in a talk entitled “On the Eve of the Turkish Referendum: Implications for Domestic and Foreign Policy.” The talk took place on April 4th and was sponsored the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, the Center for Global Studies, and the Middle East Center at the Jackson School.


Dr. Amanda Sloat is a fellow at the Ash Center of the Harvard Kennedy School. She served in the Obama Administration, including at the State Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Southern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean Affairs. She previously worked at the White House, Congress and National Democratic Institute. In addition to holding visiting fellowships in the U.S. and abroad, she has served as a special advisor to the Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly and European Commission. Dr. Sloat holds a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh. She has published a book, Scotland in Europe: A Study of Multi-level Governance, and numerous articles on European politics.