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Turkey's European Journey

Thursday 22 November, 6.30-8pm
Old Theatre, Old Building

European Institute Europe: Where Next? debate,
in association with the European Commission and
FT Business

Turkey's European Journey:
on track or heading for derailment?

SPEAKERS: Katinka Barysch, Heather Grabbe, Professor
Riva Kastoryano, Professor Kemal Kirisci
CHAIR: Professor Kevin Featherstone

This debate will assess the prospects for Turkey's EU membership.
Katinka Barysch is chief economist, Centre for European Reform.
Heather Grabbe is a member of the cabinet of EU enlargement
commissioner Olli Rehn. Riva Kastoryano is research director at
CNRS, Sciences Po, Paris. Kemal Kirisci is professor of political
science at Bogazici University, Istanbul.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. For more
information, email events@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 6043.

Turkey in Europe

Tuesday, 4 December, 6:15 - 8 pm
Cowdray House, J116

Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminar Series

Turkey in Europe: Historical and Cultural Perspectives

Speaker: Professor Sami Zubaida
Chair: Professor Kevin Featherstone

The boundaries of both 'Turkey' and 'Europe' were conceived or imagined
in different and contradictory ways within and between each entity.
The current debates both revive and forget these historical perspectives.

Sami Zubaida is an Emeritus Professor of Politics and Sociology at Birkbeck College.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

The Future of Negotiations

Monday, 14 January, 6 - 8 pm
Cowdray House, J116

Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminar Series

Turkey-EU relations in the doldrums?

Speaker: Dr. Kirsty Hughes
Chair: Professor Sevket Pamuk

Despite the strong election victory in July of the Recep Tayyip Erdogan government, and its welcome in the European Commission's autumn progress report, Turkey's EU membership negotiations have ground almost to a complete halt, with France blocking progress on the EU side, and Turkey's political reforms yet to bound back on track under the new government. Is there any chance for renewed dynamism in 2008 or are these negotiations on the road to nowhere?

Kirsty Hughes is a Visiting Fellow in the European Institute, London School of Economics.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

New Industrial Centres and Turkey's Liberalisation

Monday, 28 January, 6:30 pm
Old Theatre, Old Building

Contemporary Turkish Studies Public Lecture

New Industrial Centres and the Rise of Justice and Development Party to Power in Turkey

Speaker: Professor Sevket Pamuk
Chair: Professor Kevin Featherstone

The lecture will discuss the rise of export oriented industrial centres
across Turkey in recent decades, how they have contributed
to the electoral successes of Justice and Development Party
and their ongoing impact on Turkey's economic and political liberalisation.

Sevket Pamuk is the Professorial Research Fellow in Contemporary Turkish Studies in the European Institute at the LSE.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

Turkey: Europe and Middle East

Monday, 11 February, 6 - 8 pm
Cowdray House, J116

Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminar Series

Straddling Regional Sub-Systems: Turkey and its Kind

Speaker: Dr. Philip Robins
Chair: Professor Sevket Pamuk

Turkey is a player in both the European and Middle Eastern sub-systems. Its behaviour is an amalgam of the liberal politics and power politics that prevail in those respective domains. As such, it is 'a cusp' rather than 'a milieu' state. But this type of experience is not unusual let alone unique. Mexico is a striking analogy in this respect. Turkish studies would benefit from a more comparative approach.

Philip Robins is a lecturer in Middle East Politics, in St. Antony's College, Oxford and the co-chair of the South East European Studies at Oxford.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

 

Ethics and Turkey's Accession to EU

Monday, 18 February, 6 - 8 pm
Cowdray House, J116

Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminar Series

On the Ethical Implications of EU - Turkey Relations

Speaker: Professor Thomas Diez
Chair: Professor Sevket Pamuk

This talk will argue that the question of a future EU membership of Turkey is strongly tied to and poses a number of important challenges to International Ethics. It advocates a move beyond narrowly conceived communitarianism and cosmopolitanism, with a commitment to fair membership negotiations within a clear institutional framework.

Thomas Diez is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

Turkey and Democratic Governance

Wednesday, 20 February, 6 - 8 pm
Vera Anstey Room, Old Building

Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminar Series

Applying EU Criteria of Democratic Governance to Turkey: A bottom up approach

Speaker: Professor Richard Rose
Chair: Professor Kevin Featherstone

The seminar will discuss how Turks evaluate their system of governance according
to the European Union's Copenhagen criteria. It will use survey data
from the 2007 Turkish Election Survey, conducted by the speaker in
collaboration with Professor Ali Carkoglu of Sabanci University and others.
It will compare the evaluations of Turks with those given to 10 new
Central and East European countries joining the EU in 2004-7 and to Croatia and Ukraine.

Richard Rose is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Public Policy in the University of Aberdeen

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

Prejudices in EU-Turkey Relations

Monday, 25 February, 6 - 8 pm
Cowdray House, J116

Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminar Series

Conditionality, Impact and Prejudice in EU-Turkey Relations

Speaker: Dr. Nathalie Tocci
Chair: Professor Sevket Pamuk

Nathalie Tocci will discuss the main findings of the IAI-Tepav Report
Conditionality, Impact and Prejudice in EU-Turkey Relations (edited by Dr. Tocci). The talk will focus in particular on the issues of conditionality and impact, analysing how perceptions have influenced the manner in which these two variables in EU-Turkey relations
have been debated in public.

Nathalie Tocci is a Senior Fellow at the Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

Turkey Decoded

Monday, 3 March, 6 - 8 pm
Cowdray House, J116

Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminar Series              

Turkey's Bumpy Road towards the European Union Turkey Decoded

Speaker: Ann Dismorr
Chair: Professor Sevket Pamuk

Ann Dismorr's new book Turkey Decoded by Saqi Books will be published in March, 2008. As part of her book launch series, she will give a talk at Contemporary Turkish Studies.
Some of the 21st century's greatest challenges are reflected in Turkey-EU relations; the widening gap between the West and the Muslim world, terrorism and the struggle for human rights and democratisation. This talk will examine the implications of Turkey's affiliation with Europe whilst also reflecting on Turkey's increasing role in the Middle East.

Ann Dismorr was the Swedish Ambassador in Turkey from 2001-5. She has extensive knowledge of the region and Islam having lived in Saudi Arabia, worked on the Middle East peace process and served as an ambassador in Lebanon.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.


Political economy of the rise of AKP

Monday, 19 May, 6 - 8 pm
Cowdray House, J116

Contemporary Turkish Studies Seminar Series

Political economy of the rise of AKP: Democrats or Islamic populists?

Speaker: Professor Mine Eder
Chair: Professor Sevket Pamuk

Based on an overview of the economic policies of the AKP, the paper argues that AKP owes its success to the rather dangerous combination of neoliberal policies and various strategies of populism. As such, AKP government reproduces some of the fundamental problems embedded in the country's political economy while raising significant questions on quality of democracy.


Mine Eder is Professor of Political Science at Bogazici University, Istanbul.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

 

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