Henri J. Barkey

Former Visiting Scholar
Middle East Program
Barkey served as a member of the U.S. State Department Policy Planning Staff, working primarily on issues related to the Middle East, the Eastern Mediterranean, and intelligence from 1998 to 2000.


Ph.D., Political Science, University of Pennsylvania; M.S., Political Science, University College (London); B.S., Economics, City University (London)


English; French; Turkish


Henri J. Barkey is no longer with the Carnegie Endowment.

Henri J. Barkey was a visiting scholar in the Carnegie Middle East Program and the Bernard L. and Bertha F. Cohen Professor at Lehigh University.

He served as a member of the U.S. State Department Policy Planning Staff working primarily on issues related to the Middle East, the Eastern Mediterranean, and intelligence from 1998 to 2000. He has taught at Princeton, Columbia, the State University of New York, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Barkey has authored, co-authored, and edited five books, among them Turkey’s Kurdish Question with Graham Fuller, Reluctant Neighbor: Turkey’s Role in the Middle East, and most recently, European Responses to Globalization: Resistance, Adaptation and Alternatives.

His opinion editorials have appeared in Newsweek, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Daily Star, and Los Angeles Times, and he is a frequent guest on the Newshour with Jim Lehrer and NPR.

Selected Publications:
"Turkey's Transformers," Foreign Affairs (November/December 2009); "Turkey's Perspectives on Nuclear Weapons and Disarmament," Nuclear Security Studies (Volume VI); "Preventing Conflict Over Kurdistan," Carnegie Report (February 2009); “Deciphering Turkey’s Elections: The Making of a Revolution,” with Yasemin Çongar, World Policy Journal (Fall 2007); “Kurdistandoff,” National Interest (July/August 2007); “Turkey and the PKK: A Pyrrhic Victory?” Democracy and Counterterrorism Lessons from the Past (USIP Press, 2007); “Iraqi Kurds and the Future of Iraq,” with Ellen Laipson in Middle East Policy (December 2005); “Turkey and Iraq: The Perils (and Prospects) of Proximity,” USIP Special Report (July 2005); “The Endless Pursuit: Improving U.S.-Turkish Relations,” in Friends in Need: Turkey and the United States after September 11 (Century Foundation, 2003).

  • Assad Stands Alone
    Op-Ed National Interest June 14, 2011
    Assad Stands Alone

    Syrian refugees crossing the border into Turkey are forcing Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan to rethink his relationship with Syrian President Assad and making it increasingly likely that he will chart a course on Syria that is more antagonistic toward Damascus.

  • Winners and Losers in Turkey’s Election
    Article June 13, 2011
    Winners and Losers in Turkey’s Election

    The recent parliamentary elections in Turkey demonstrated the popular appeal of the ruling party and while the outcome will have a significant affect on Turkish domestic policy, it is unlikely to alter the general thrust of Ankara’s foreign policy.

  • The Road to Turkey’s June Elections: Crises, Strat
    Article May 9, 2011
    The Road to Turkey’s June Elections: Crises, Strategies, and Outcomes

    Turkey’s June elections will represent a critical turning point in the country’s evolution, as their results shape Prime Minister Erdogan’s attempts to transform Turkey from a parliamentary to presidential government through a new constitution.

  • Turkey's Neighborhood Troubles
    Op-Ed Los Angeles Times May 4, 2011
    Turkey's Neighborhood Troubles

    It is in Turkey’s interests to support democratic protesters in Syria and across the region, and to work with the West to find resolution to the violent conflict in Syria.

  • Turkey and the Arab Spring
    Q&A April 26, 2011
    Turkey and the Arab Spring

    While Turkey’s integration of Islam, democracy, and economic growth is serving as potential inspiration for countries undergoing revolutions on how to effectively reform, Ankara’s reaction to the unrest is causing some observers to question its intentions in the region.

  • Kadafi's Port in the Storm
    Op-Ed Los Angeles Times March 11, 2011
    Kadafi's Port in the Storm

    In spite of Colonel Muammar Qaddafi’s good relations with the leaders of a number of countries around the world, he may encounter some difficulty in finding a new place to relocate to if he is forced to leave Libya.

  • Protests Remind the US That a Stable Iraq is Not G
    Op-Ed National March 9, 2011
    Protests Remind the US That a Stable Iraq is Not Guaranteed

    In order to promote stability in Iraq, the United States should take several key steps, including placing greater emphasis on governance and reform, redefining its security relationship with Baghdad, and helping integrate Iraq into a regional security structure.

  • Turkey: Democracy, Yes, But No Model
    Op-Ed Politico February 19, 2011
    Turkey: Democracy, Yes, But No Model

    Turkey’s role as a political model for the Arab world would prove more compelling if its leaders demonstrated that Turkey is ready to accept democracy everywhere in the region and promoted genuine democratic opportunities for the country's own minorities.

  • What's Turkey's Role in the Second Round of Iran T
    Op-Ed PBS's Frontline January 9, 2011
    What's Turkey's Role in the Second Round of Iran Talks?

    Although a new round of talks regarding Iran’s nuclear program is taking place in Turkey, the nation's leaders will play a minimal role in the negotiations as the P5+1 works to curtail an Iranian bomb.

  • Turkey’s New Global Role
    Q&A November 17, 2010
    Turkey’s New Global Role

    As Turkey moves toward national elections in 2011, it remains unclear whether Prime Minister Erdogan’s popularity will further embolden an increasingly assertive foreign policy or if a more democratic Turkey will find ways to reduce friction with the West.

  • Charlie Rose Show May 12, 2011
    A Discussion on Turkey

    The Arab Spring has presented problems for Ankara’s foreign policy of zero problems with its neighbors. The outcome of the popular uprisings in neighboring Syria will ultimately have a significant impact on this policy and on the projection of Turkish power in the region.

  • Al Jazeera's Inside Story June 8, 2010
    Turkey's Role in the Middle East

    Turkey is one of the most economically and politically powerful states in the Middle East and it has recently been taking steps to fill the leadership vacuum that exists in the region.

  • NPR's All Things Considered May 31, 2010
    Raid Strains Israeli-Turkish Relations

    Turkey is strongly condemning Israel for the attack Monday on a six-ship flotilla taking humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. The attack has dealt a very public setback to Israeli-Turkish relations, which have been slowly deteriorating for several years.

  • PBS NewsHour February 25, 2010
    Turkish Military Leaders Released in Coup Probe

    The recent arrest of more than fifty senior Turkish military officers on allegations that they planned to overthrow the government is part of a larger question about the influence the Turkish military should have on national politics.

  • Henri Barkey
    The Brian Lehrer Show October 9, 2009
    Winning the Nobel Peace Prize

    President's Obama recent Nobel Peace Prize has resulted in skepticism in some circles. His forthcoming acceptance speech offers him the opportunity to capitalize on the award and take steps toward achieving many of his administration's goals.

  • NPR's Talk of the Nation October 29, 2007
    The Escalating Conflict Between Turkey and Iraq

    Tensions are rising between Turkey and Iraq after the killing of 12 Turkish soldiers by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Sunday. Carnegie's Henri Barkey talks to NPR about the crisis between the two nations.

  • Newshour with Jim Lehrer July 23, 2007
    Turkish Ruling Party Wins National Elections

    The ruling party in Turkey won parliamentary elections by a wide margin. Carnegie's Henri Barkey discusses what the election means for Turkey and the United States.

  • June 15, 2011 Washington, D.C.
    Turkey After the June 12 Elections: Challenges and Opportunities

    Turkey's June 12 elections are likely to usher in a new era and bring greater clarity to a number of issues, including whether a genuine alternative to the ruling party will emerge and whether Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pursue a presidential political system for Turkey.

  • May 9, 2011 Washington, D.C.
    Trials, Tribulations, and Crises: The Road to Turkey’s June 12 Elections

    As protests spread through the Middle East, Turkish political parties are preparing for an election this summer that will likely spark significant political reforms, including the possibility of a new constitution.

  • March 11, 2011 Washington, D.C.
    Is Iraq Next?

    As protesters throughout the region challenge their authoritarian leaders, Iraqis are also standing up and demanding more accountability from their government and an end to the corrupt practices of their politicians.

  • Barkey, Natali, and Ottaway
    September 27, 2010 Washington, D.C.
    Iraqi Kurdistan Today: Between Autonomy and Dependency

    Since the American occupation of Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government has enjoyed an unprecedented degree of autonomy. But is Iraqi Kurdistan today a region of Iraq enjoying an unusual degree of autonomy or is it a state in the making?

  • June 7, 2010 Washington, D.C.
    Can the Peace Process be Saved?

    Israel’s raid on a flotilla of humanitarian aid ships bound for Gaza, which reportedly left at least nine people dead, drew condemnation from international leaders and leaves prospects for Israeli-Palestinian talks even more dismal.

  • May 4, 2010 Washington, D.C.
    A Conversation with Turkey's Kurdish Leaders

    Last August Turkey's ruling party launched a new policy approach aimed at resolving tensions between the Turkish government and Turkey’s Kurdish population. Almost nine months later, the policy seems to have run aground.

  • April 9, 2010 Washington, D.C. Русский
    Armenia and Turkey: Bridging the Gap

    The rapprochement between Armenia and Turkey is in crisis. The protocols on normalization and recognition have not been ratified and a process of great historic and strategic importance is in danger of collapse.

  • August 6, 2009 Washington, D.C.
    Kurdish Elections: Implications for Iraq and the Region

    The July 25 elections for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) changed the dynamics of Kurdish politics in Iraq; for the first time real political opposition to the two ruling Kurdish parties emerged.

  • Tank
    June 29, 2009 Paris
    Iraq and the Gulf: Towards Collective Security?

    Post-war Iraq has a role to play as a regional leader in the Gulf. This discussion aims to identify the research and policy opportunities to place Iraq higher on the European Agenga.

  • Prime Minister Erdogan
    June 25, 2009 Brussels
    Turkey and the Middle East: A Fruitful Relationship?

    Turkey is currently in the process of redefining its identity as a global actor, providing Europe and the U.S. with opportunities to build relations with Istanbul that will help advance their Middle East agendas.

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