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With tensions rising in Turkey following a failed coup attempt in the summer of 2016, Green School faculty from the Middle East Studies Program and the Department of Politics and International Affairs joined two leading experts on U.S.-Turkish relations – both Green School alum to discuss the implications of the uprising on the U.S. and its allies. Gonul Tol, director of Turkish Studies at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. and a graduate of the Green School, joined the discussion via

Skype, along with Mustafa Gokhan Sahin, director of academic affairs at the Atlantic Institute of Atlanta, also an alum. Eric Lob, assistant professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations, Mohammad Homayounvash, a research fellow in the Middle East Studies Program, and Orcun Selcuk, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics and International Relations, also took part in the event, which was co-sponsored by the Muslim World Studies Initiative.

Rebellion at the RNC Though ultimately successful, President Donald Trump faced a counter-offensive from Republican delegates leading up to the Republican National Convention in July 2016. The so-called “Dump Trump” movement threatened to derail the convention by allowing “rebel delegates” to vote for a candidate other than Trump.

Anthony Lastre about the convention and Trump’s candidacy. More than 4,700 people viewed the event live online and nearly 60 shared it on their social media pages.

On the eve of the convention, Green School faculty experts from the Department of Politics and International Relations joined former Republican Rep. Marcelo Llorente for a lively discussion about the historic 2016 presidential election.

“You don’t want to underestimate the power of partisanship,” said political science professor Kevin Evans, whose research focuses on the U.S. presidency, Congress and inter-branch relations. “Even if people in the Republican Party have to hold their nose to vote for Donald Trump, they might still do it over feeling like they’re throwing their vote away.”

The event was attended by Miami Herald political reporter Patricia Mazzei, who interviewed Green School graduate and RNC delegate Rey

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During the event, Green School experts concluded “Dump Trump” was unlikely to be successful.

State Rep. Marcelo Llorente


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