Refugees, economics, geopolitics: AKP’s handling of Turkey’s multiple crises

Refugees, economics, geopolitics: AKP’s handling of Turkey’s multiple crises

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 - 5:00pm
Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR
Ziya Meral (Centre for Historical Anlaysis and Conflict Research, Sandhurst)
Türkay Nefes (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Othon Anastasakis (St Antony's College, Oxford); Adis Merdzanovic (St Antony's College, Oxford)

SEESOX Seminar Series: South East European realities amid Europe’s multiple crises

South East Europe currently finds itself confronted with numerous external crises, including the Eurozone, the refugee influx, crises in the eastern and southern neighbourhoods, as well as internal political, constitutional or economic. In SEESOX’s Hilary term Seminar Series, we wish to look at how the region has been coping or not coping with these multiple crises and what domestic developments or strategies may either prevent or enable appropriate political responses. The seminar series will address some of the acute problems affecting Europe, as seen especially from a South Eastern European perspective, and combine the thematic (refugee, economic and political crises) with the country specific approaches.

Turkey is currently facing multiple crises. The country is not only the entry point for most of the refugees seeking a better future in Europe but, as most recent quarrels with Russia demonstrate, also an important geopolitical player in the Middle East. At the same time, its government increasingly acts in an autocratic fashion. Ziya Meral will provide an overview of the seismic domestic and foreign policy challenges in Turkey and assess the reaction of the AKP government to them. He will provide suggestions on the future direction of Turkey and key trends that will play a central role in shaping the country's future.

Ziya Meral is a Resident Fellow at the Centre for Historical Research and Conflict Analysis, a new civilian and military think tank established by the UK Army based at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He is also the founding Director of the London, Beirut and Accra based initiative Centre on Religion and Global Affairs and Secretary of the British-Turkish Foreign Policy Platform. Ziya regularly comments on international media, lectures internationally on developments in Turkey and wider Middle East. Ziya is also PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, his thesis looks at ethno-religious violence in Africa and Middle East.

Türkay Salim Nefes completed his doctoral research on the anti-Semitic conspiracy theories in Turkey at the Sociology Department at the University of Kent in 2010. He worked as an international research fellow at the Sociology Institute of the University of Freiburg between July and December 2011. Currently, he is a research fellow at the Sociology Department of the University of Oxford. He has recently published Online Anti-Semitism in Turkey (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015).