On February 6 two devastating earthquakes struck southeastern Turkey and Northern Syria, precipitating a massive humanitarian disaster in an area already dealing with the strains of conflict between and amongst Turkey, Syria, and its Kurdish minorities. Collapsing buildings in major urban areas across a 400km radius, the earthquakes have already claimed the lives of more than 35,000 people, making it the deadliest in Turkey's history, and experts have projected that final figures could be over 100,000 casualties.
The slow and uneven response by the Turkish government has called into question decades of building practices in this region and across the country, and raised serious concerns about the political future of the country as general elections are scheduled for May 14.
Join FPRI Senior Fellow Selim Koru, in a conversation with journalists Diego Cupolo (Turkey Recap) and Erin O'Brien (War on the Rocks), and analyst Gönül Tol (Middle East Institute), each of whom have first hand accounts of the aftermath of the earthquakes in Turkey's southeast to share with our audience.
Gönül Tol - Gönül Tol is the founding director of the Middle East Institute’s Turkey program and a senior fellow for the Frontier Europe Initiative. She is the author of "Erdogan's War: A Strongman's Struggle at Home and in Syria."