Date: 8 September 2017
Time: 9.00–12.00 (coffee/registration from 8.30 and light lunch from 12.00)
Venue: Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, Kongens gate 4
By virtue of its size, geographical location and political orientation, Turkey is an important security partner for Europe and the United States – in particular regarding such issues as Russia, terrorism and refugees. As a longstanding NATO member aspiring to EU membership, and a Muslim country with a secular system of government, Turkey has long been regarded as an essential part of Euro-Atlantic cooperation.
However, Turkey is currently going through one of the most turbulent periods in its recent history. In July 2016 a bloody military coup attempt ushered in an extended period of emergency law with mass arrests and large-scale purges of state personnel that is still ongoing.
Then, in April 2017, Turkey voted for constitutional changes that will greatly expand the executive powers of President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan, fueling claims that the country is on its way to becoming a dictatorship. At the same time, Turkey's relations with its Western allies have deteriorated, leading many to question its continued affiliation to Europe and membership in NATO.
Against this background, it is relevant to ask where Turkey is now heading, and which implications current developments will have for Europe and Norway. IFS has therefore invited four acclaimed scholars from Turkey to share their views on this question. During the seminar, they will focus on domestic political developments, foreign policy orientation under Erdogan, and civil-military relations in light of the July 2016 coup attempt.
Four leading experts on Turkey will discuss this important issue.
- Gencer Özcan, professor at Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkish foreign policy and European security)
- Toygar Sinan Baykan (Turkish domestic politics)
- Hasret Dikici Bilgin, assistant professor at Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkish domestic politics)
- Yaprak Gürsoy, lecturer at Aston
University, Birmingham (civil-military relations in Turkey)
Panel discussion chaired by Lars Haugom, research fellow at IFS.