Reverse transitology? Elections and political change in Turkey

Reverse transitology? Elections and political change in Turkey

Monday, 16 November 2015 - 12:30pm
Venue: 
Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR
Speaker(s): 
Kerem Oktem (University of Graz)
Chair: 
Othon Anastasakis (St Antony's College, Oxford)
Convenor: 
Othon Anastasakis (St Antony's College, Oxford)
Series: 
SEESOX

Turkey has been going through a rapid reverse transition from an incomplete but resilient democracy to a contested authoritarian regime with fascistic aspects. Whether the election results of November 1st will make a difference depends on a set of factors including commitment to democratic process among Justice and Development Party decision makers, levels of intra-party discord and the availability of coherent political alternatives. Drawing on an appraisal these factors, Kerem Oktem will discuss the election results and their effects on domestic and regional politics, as well as on global security.

Kerem Öktem is Professor of Southeast Europe and Modern Turkey at the Centre of Southeast European Studies, which he has joined in September 2014. Before coming to Graz, he was Open Society Research Fellow at the European Studies Centre, University of Oxford. It was also at Oxford where he read for a Master degree in Modern Middle Eastern Studies and completed his D. Phil. at the School of Geography in 2006. He is a longstanding research associate of the programme for Southeast European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX), Vice-President of the Research Foundation Switzerland Turkey and alumni of the Mercator-IPC Fellowship. In addition to his academic publications, he is also a regular contributor to OpenDemocracy and several media outlets.

Light lunch provided