Dimitar Bechev on Turkey under Erdogan

Dimitar Bechev on Turkey under Erdogan

Thursday, 19 May 2022 - 1:00pm
Dimitar Bechev
Kerem Öktem

Dr Dimitar Bechev (DPhil International Relations 2001). Dimitar will discuss with Professor Kerem Öktem (DPhil Human Geography 2001) his new book Turkey Under Erdoğan: How a Country Turned from Democracy and the West (Yale University Press 2022).

Dimitar Bechev is Programme Director (Core Activities) at the Europaeum. He is a Lecturer at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies. He is also a Visiting Scholar at Carnegie Europe and Region Head for Eastern Europe at Oxford Analytica, as well as Research Director and Founder of the European Policy Institute (Sofia). His past positions include lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and he has also held fellowships at Harvard and the LSE.

In Turkey Under Erdoğan, Dimitar traces the country’s path away from the democratic aspirations and pro-West sympathies that prevailed prior to 2002.  Previous publications include Historical Dictionary of North Macedonia (2019), Rival Power: Russia in Southeast Europe (2017), and Russia Rising: Putin’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East and North Africa (2021).

Kerem Öktem joined the Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies at Ca' Foscari University Venice in July 2021. He is interested in the intersections between global constellations of power, domestic political processes, contested identities and historical memory. Kerem is particularly intrigued by how transnational connections constitute local politics and identities. His primary empirical case is Turkey. In 2018, Kerem co-edited Exit from Democracy: Illiberal governance in Turkey and Beyond and last year he contributed a chapter on Ruling Ideologies in contemporary Turkey 2020 in the Oxford Handbook on Turkish Politics.


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