January 28, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Zoom Webinar

Over the last year, Turkey has pioneered novel utilizations of existing military technologies to yield highly effective drone relays, aerial reconnaissance methodologies, and multilayered air defense systems. In both Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh, these innovations enabled the Turkish-backed side to reverse the initial tide of war. This Zoom event seeks to examine how these developments in the use of drones, anti-aircraft systems, and counter anti-aircraft technologies illuminate the shifting balance of power in Eurasia and Africa in 2021, and beyond.

Drawing on The Middle East Institute (MEI)'s recent publication, “Turning the Tide: How Turkey Won the War for Tripoli,” a diverse panel of experts will explore these issues and their possible implications on theatres as diverse as Ukraine, Yemen, the Gulf, the Sahel, and Somalia. We will also opine on how the US, EU, and NATO should be preparing for these new forms of aerial warfare.

Photo by Olivier Blaise via Getty Images


Wolfgang Pusztai (co-author)
Security and policy analyst; former Austrian Defense Attaché to Libya

Lieutenant General Michael Nagata
Distinguished senior fellow on National Security, MEI; former head, SOCCENT

Kitty Harvey
Former Naval Intelligence Officer; forthcoming book on Saudi Arabia and Iraq

Whitney Grespin
Visiting scholar, George Washington University; former advisor, Somali Ministry of Defense

Jason Pack (co-author and moderator)
President, Libya-Analysis LLC; non-resident scholar, MEI