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Lecture | Studium Generale

Understanding present-day Turkey

Wednesday 2 November 2016
Anna van Buerenplein
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595 DG The Hague

What are the main drivers behind the turmoil In Turkey?

For the last few months, Turkey seems to dominate the news: unsettling domestic developments, including a failed attempt for a coup d’état, an ongoing civil war with the PKK, the situation in neighbouring Syria, diplomatic clashes with Russia and with the EU on top of having to cope with 3 million refugees and still counting.

Criticism on how the government and notably the president, Tayyip Erdogan is handling this complex situation is on the rise, but has never been far away, also in The Netherlands. Not only the precarious situation of individual freedoms within Turkey is cause for concern, but also the way in which Ankara seems to wield influence on the attitude of Dutch Turks vis-à-vis the supporters in Holland of the alleged perpetrators of the failed coup d’état, i.e. the Fettulah Gülen movement.

What are the main drivers behind this turmoil and how can the country return to some sort of normalcy? These questions will be dealt with in a lecture given by Lily Sprangers.

SPEAKER: drs. Lily Sprangers, manager of the LeidenAsiaCentre is a renowned expert on Turkey. Prior to this, she worked as director of the independent Turkije Instituut (Leiden and The Hague), which she co-founded in 2007.

DISCUSSANT: dr. Narin Idriz, Assistant Professor in International and European Law, Section European Law, at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance, Utrecht University.

This lecture is a co-production of Studium Generale and Leiden University College.

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