Mustafa Akyol at a conference at the Council on Foreign Relations, New York, 2009.

The Freedom Project: Mustafa Akyol

Trump, Populism, and Muslims


Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 4:30pm
Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Ballroom East (101A)

The Freedom Project presents Turkish intellectual Mustafa Akyol, senior visiting fellow at the Freedom Project at Wellesley College and an opinion writer for the New York Times. He will lead a talk titled Trump, Populism, and Muslims. Some of the questions Akyol will address include:

  • Will President Trump’s executive order on immigration make America safer or less safe? What does ISIS or Al Qaeda think about this?
  • Why are some Muslim governments silent on the order, while many Muslim groups and liberals are protesting? Does politics override “Muslim solidarity”?
  • President Trump has often been defined as “populist.” What does this really mean? Can another populist experiment, the Turkey of President Erdogan, give us any clue?

This event is sponsored by the Freedom Project at Wellesley College. The Freedom Project is dedicated to the exploration of the idea of freedom in all of its manifestations, but especially in the tradition of Western classical liberalism. This tradition emphasizes the sanctity of individual rights, freedom of contract and economic rights, constitutional democracy, and the rule of law. The Freedom Project also promotes interdisciplinary understandings of the idea of freedom, and values expansive intellectual pluralism and debate, especially on contentious issues.

Photo: Mustafa Akyol at a conference at the Council on Foreign Relations, New York, 2009. www.mustafaakyol.org.