March 14, 2012 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Ahmet Yükleyen demonstrates how Islam and Europe have shaped one another and challenges the idea that Islamic beliefs are inherently antithetical to European secular, democratic, and pluralist values. Through comparing five different forms of religious communities among Muslim immigrants in the Netherlands and Germany, Yükleyen’s rich ethnography shows that there is no single form of assimilated and privatized "European Islam" but rather Islamic communities and their interpretations and practices that localize Islam in Europe.
February 28, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Jamil Hasanli, former Wilson Center scholar and professor of history at Baku State University will discuss his latest book, "Stalin and the Turkish Crisis of the Cold War, 1945-1953." Hasanli will explore the ups and downs of Soviet-Turkish relations during and immediately after World War II.
December 19, 2011 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
Middle East Program
Three Middle East experts discussed the complicated and changing relationships between Turkey, Iran, and Saudi Arabia in the post-Arab Spring environment.
December 07, 2011 // 1:00pm — 2:00pm
"Embracing Democracy in the Western Balkans" explores the complex and challenging facets of state-building and nation-building in weak states with little democratic experience and daunting socio-economic problems.
October 13, 2011 // 2:30pm — 3:30pm
Amid growing problems between Turkey and Israel, a new pact might just be developing with Greece. Recent events in the Eastern Mediterranean have escalated tensions between Israel, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. Given this scenario, the U.S., EU, NATO and even UN maybe faced with a new reality in the region. This talk will focus on the Israeli-Greek relationship and pay particular attention to the energy-related politics in the Eastern Mediterranean, at the root of the most recent developments.
September 21, 2011 // 10:00am — 11:00am
As Cyprus struggles to forgo being another player in the Eurozone debt calamity, many tough choices will have to be made in the coming weeks and months. Reshuffling the cabinet and tight fiscal policies could stiffen resolve behind austerity measures that, if adopted, could possibly see Cyprus through its economic crisis. For the first time in over half a century of the Republic’s history there is a call for early elections. These are certainly difficult times for Cyprus. With the coalition party, DIKO, pulling out and leaving AKEL the only party supporting the administration, the economy edging towards a bail-out, and the whole Mari fiasco explosion there is little room for any serious talks or remedies for successful negotiations with Turkish Cypriots. Can Christofias hold on to his post for the next 18-months of his presidency to regain voter confidence? Will Cyprus need an EU bail-out or can it pull through the economic crisis on its own? And in the wake of a politically feeble government and economy, what are the prospects for a settlement of the Cyprus problem?
June 16, 2011 // 3:00pm — 4:00pm
Fuat Keyman, Director, Istanbul Policy Center and Professor of International Relations, Sabanci University (Turkey)
May 18, 2011 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
“When it comes to the Arab revolts and Turkey’s relations with its near abroad, there are more questions than answers to be found,” claimed Cengiz Candar. He argued that Turkey’s foreign policy agenda seems to be complicated by its inconsistent approach to the revolutions in the Middle East and Turkey’s publicity-seeking Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu.
May 12, 2011 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
As a predominantly-Muslim democracy, ally of the West, a booming market economy and emerging “soft power”, Turkey has long been identified as a model for the political transformation in the Middle East. However, once the revolutions began, Turkey’s ability to contribute to democracy and stabilization appeared more limited than many thought.
February 25, 2011 // 9:00am — 10:30am
Recent political unrest in the Middle East has prompted a debate about whether Turkey, a transitioning democracy with Islamic roots, can serve as a model for political transformation in the Arab world. The panelists highlighted the distinctiveness of the "Turkish model" of governance and raised doubts about its potential to inform the political discourse in the revolting Middle East.