Dr. Aaron Stein will be the featured evening speaker of the Darien Community Association’s academic lecture series on global issues 2019: “Turkey at a Crossroads.” His discussion, scheduled for 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, will focus on “Divergent Interests: The erosion of the U.S. - Turkey alliance.”  Guests are invited to gather at 7:30 pm at the DCA for a wine reception before the lecture.

Currently Dr. Stein is the new Director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Program on the Middle East and was a resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. He graduated from the University of San Francisco with a BA in politics and from the Monterey Institute of International Studies with a MA in international policy studies.  He earned his PhD in Middle East and Mediterranean studies at Kings College, London.   Proficient in Turkish, Dr. Stein also has elementary knowledge of Arabic and French.

The series will conclude with the fourth and final morning lecture on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. by Amanda Sloat, entitled “Between Ankara, Brussels and Moscow.”

The Wednesday evening lecture tickets ($30/DCA members, $35/public) are available online and prepayment for them is required by Tuesday, January 22. Some will be sold at the door on a space-available basis. Single tickets for the Thursday morning series ($30) will also be sold at the door on a space-available basis. The DCA’s 2019 Academic Lecture Series Sponsor is Ring’s End.

For more information contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 extension 10. The DCA is located at 274 Middlesex Road in Darien.