Turkey’s Presidential Elections 2014 - What do they mean for Turkey’s democratization process, the Kurdish question and Turkey’s foreign policy?

September 11, 2014 // 12:30pm2:00pm
Event Co-sponsors: 
Middle East Program

Turkey’s Presidential elections in August 2014 offer an opportunity to evaluate the country’s progress under the rule of Mr. Erdogan for the past 12 years and to discuss Turkey’s political, economic and social transformations. One of the top priorities on Turkey’s political agenda is the Kurdish question and the peace effort with the PKK. Where does it stand today and how will it be impacted by recent domestic political developments in Turkey? As part of the discussion, speakers will also address the potential restructuring of the relationship between the new president and the parliament as well as the possibility of a new constitution and judicial reform. Finally, the panelists will take a look at Turkey’s foreign policy and its critical role in transforming regional conflicts. 

The discussion features experts from the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV), the Middle East Institute (MEI) and the Woodrow Wilson Center.

The event is being co-hosted with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES), the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation and the Wilson Center's Middle East Program.


6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Event Speakers List: 
  • Consultant, Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV)
  • Professor in the Sociology Department, Sehir University Istanbul
  • Founding Director, Center for Turkish Studies, Middle East Institute (MEI)
  • Marina Ottaway // Senior Scholar
    Former Senior Research Associate and Head of the Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
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Experts & Staff

  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Emily R. Buss // Program Assistant

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