The Future of the EU, Israel, and Arab Relations

The Future of the EU, Israel, and Arab Relations

Beyond the Headline Series Event

[Greenville, SC] – April 24, 2024 – Upstate International is pleased to announce that Dr. Buket Oztas will be the distinguished speaker at the upcoming Beyond the Headlines Speaker Series event on May 8th, 2024, at the Kroc Center in downtown Greenville. 

This discussion will provide an overview of the European Union’s strategic objectives, economic stakes, and humanitarian commitments in the Middle East, particularly in light of the Gaza Conflict. It will compare these aims with the United States’ well-established policies and interests, highlighting both convergence and divergence points. As the EU and US maneuver through the complex Middle Eastern terrain, confronting assertive regional players such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Türkiye,  they must navigate a path that balances upholding moral principles while also securing geopolitical gains. This talk aims to raise questions on these issues and offer insights into how these two global powers engage in peace efforts, manage energy dependencies, and execute counter-terrorism strategies amidst the region’s ongoing strife.

Dr. Buket Oztas is an Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Furman University. Her research focuses on the changing institutional dynamics in predominantly Muslim countries, with particular interest in post-Islamism and transnational identities, and includes an ongoing research initiative on the agenda-setting powers of the European Commission.

More on Beyond the Headlines

Beyond the Headlines; Critical Issues Impacting our World is a Lunch and Learn format speaker series designed to bring fact-based information on the most pressing global issues of today to Upstate residents. Utilizing academics and research institution thought leaders, we strive to keep partisanship out of the presentation and allow people to ask their own questions and formulate their own opinions. 

For more information and to register for the event, click here


About Upstate International and its World Affairs Council Upstate:

Founded in 1998, Upstate International is a 501(c)(3) organization that empowers people and businesses of all nations to thrive in the Upstate by connecting them through programs, events and initiatives that foster the dynamic exchange of international cultures and ideas. World Affairs Council Upstate, a program of Upstate International, is dedicated to fostering a deep understanding of global affairs and cultures.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tracie Frese, Executive Director, [email protected]


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