Exchanges on the Middle East II: Turkey and the Middle East
- Friday 15 September 2017
2511 DP The Hague
Exchanges on the Middle East: Turkey and the Middle East
While Turkey has long conceived of itself as a bridge between Asia and Europe, it also fostered ambitions to be a central player in regional and global affairs. In recent years, which were marked by conflicts and instability in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Turkey has sought to deepen its influence and power in the region. This public lecture and debate will explore the background of Turkey’s national, regional and international political strategies regarding the MENA region. This event is organized by LUCIS and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Open to all!
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Soner Çağaptay | The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Soner Cagaptay is the Beyer Family fellow and director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute. He has written extensively on U.S.-Turkish relations, Turkish domestic politics, and Turkish nationalism, publishing in scholarly journals and major international print media, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Jane's Defense Weekly, Foreign Affairs, Atlantic, New Republic, and Newsweek Türkiye.
Amberin Zaman | Journalist
Amberin Zaman is a Turkish journalist and researcher who has covered Turkey, the Kurds and regional conflicts for the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the Daily Telegraph of London. Between 1999 and 2016 she was the Turkey correspondent for The Economist
Since 2016 she has been based in Washington DC where she writes a regular column for the online news portal Al Monitor and the independent Turkish news portal Diken.
About the student workshop
In this workshop, students will be trained from a critical theoretical and comparative perspective to engage with the works of Soner Çağaptay, Amberin Zaman and Günter Seufert. They are also encouraged to articulate questions for the participating experts.
The workshop will be in English, participation is free. We have only a limited number of seats available. Register as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org!
In order to participate in the workshop, students will need to prepare several readings:
Çagaptay, S. "The Loneliness of Recep Tayyip Erdogan"
Soner Cagaptay and Oya Aktas, "How Erdoganism is Killing Turkish Democracy"
Visit Al-Monitor and read three articles written by Amberin Zaman. Please follow this URL for one of her articles: Turkey fumes as Siniar Yazidi's desclare 'democratic autonomy'.
About Exchanges on the Middle East: Turkey and the Middle East
In the decades following World War II Turkey focused primarily on its relations with Europe, while following a non-intervention policy with respect to the turmoils in the Middle East. After 2007, President Erdoğan’s Turkey, inspired by Ahmet Davutoğlu’s “Strategic Depth” concept, gradually appeared to loosen its focus on Europe and attempted to increase its influence in the MENA region. After the Arab Uprisings, Turkey was considered as a role model for the MENA region by some, yet these expectations were shortlived. Since two years, Turkey seems to have abandoned the “strategic depth” policy, replacing it with a more pragmatic policy. Turkey’s role in the MENA region is challenged by other regional powers such as Iran, Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia as well as by the increasing international standing of the Kurds in Syria and Iraq. Discussion of this topic, therefore, remains of paramount importance for our understanding of current and future developments in the region. We invite our speakers to react to and comment on the following questions from their own experience and expertise:
- How can Turkey’s policy changes be interpreted and positioned?
- How do the MENA countries respond to Turkey’s changing political focus?
- To what extent are the Kurds challenging Turkey’s position in the region?
About Exchanges on the Middle East
Exchanges on the Middle East is a collaboration between the Leiden University Centre for the Study of Islam and Society (LUCIS), and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs North Africa and Middle East Department.