Turkey and the EU: The Consequences of a Stalled Process

March 21, 2011 • 6:00 – 7:30 pm EDT

The Belgian rotating presidency marked the first time that Turkey was unable to open a new chapter since beginning its accession negotiations with the EU in October 2005.  With only one of the thirty five chapters ‘provisionally closed’ and eighteen chapters ‘politically blocked,’ the EU accession process is now effectively stalled with significant implications not only for Turkey and the EU but also for the US which has been strongly supportive of Turkish membership.

The current impasse in Turkey's EU accession process and its possible consequences from the perspectives of Ankara, Brussels and Washington were reviewed at a recent CSIS meeting by Bulent Aliriza, Director of the Turkey Project, Heather Conley, Director of the Europe Program, and Steve Flanagan, Henry A. Kissinger Chair.

Bulent Aliriza
Senior Associate (Non-resident), Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program

Heather A. Conley