Activities and events

Activities and events

All of our seminars are blogged, and many are recorded. Please visit the SEESOX Blogsite, and the SEESOX YouTube channel.

Turkey’s general elections 2023: What next?
Wednesday, 14 June 2023
Karabekir Akkoyunlu (SOAS University of London); Dimitar Bechev (Oxford School of Global and Area Studies); Mehmet Karli (SEESOX)
Chair: Othon Anastasakis (St Antony's College, Oxford)

Turkey: After Erdogan?
Wednesday, 23 November 2022
Sinan Ciddi (Marine Corps University); William Park (King's College London)

Globalizing the Greek-Turkish 1922: displacements, population movements and the coming of the national state
Tuesday, 15 November 2022
Marilena Anastasopoulou (Pembroke College, Oxford); Matthew Frank (University of Leeds); Georgios Giannakopoulos (City University of London)

Turkey Under Erdogan: How a Country Turned from Democracy and the West
Book discussion
Wednesday, 9 March 2022
Dimitar Bechev (Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA))
Discussants: Mehmet Karli (St Antony's College, Oxford) and Kerem Oktem (Ca' Foscari University of Venice)

All the President’s Men: Institutions and key players in Erdogan’s Turkey
Wednesday, 3 November 2021
Selim Koru (Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey)
Discussant: Sinem Adar (German Institute for International and Security Affairs)

Afghan crisis, migration diplomacy and Turkey-EU relations
Wednesday, 27 October 2021
Franck Duvell (Universitat Osnabrück); Başak Kale (METU); Kemal Kirişci (Brookings Institution)

Turkey’s new constitution: The President’s monopoly over state power and the shrinking role of the parliament and judiciary
Wednesday, 3 March 2021
Bertil Emrah Oder (Koç University Law School); Ersin Mahmut Kalaycıoğlu (Sabanci University); Murat Sevinc (Constitutional Law scholar, formerly Ankara University, Faculty of Political Science)

Black Sea gas: Economic and geopolitical implications
Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Dimitar Bechev (DPIR, Oxford; Russia Institute, King’s College London); Jonathan Lamb (Wood & Company, London); Anna Mikulska (Baker Institute, Houston; Kleinman Center, UPenn)

Exploring Turkey’s disinformation ecosystem
Wednesday, 28 October 2020
Akın Ünver (Oxford Internet Institute; Department of International Relations, Kadir Has University); Afşin Yurdakul (Haberturk News Network); Ezgi Basaran (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

The East Med: A new hotspot for Europe?
Wednesday, 14 October 2020
Constantinos Filis (Institute of International Relations, Athens); Fiona Mullen (Sapienta Economics, Nicosia); Sinan Ulgen (Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies, Istanbul)

Wednesday, 12 February 2020
Energy dynamics in the Eastern Mediterranean: Cooperation or conflict?
Bill Kappis (University of Buckingham); Okan Yardimci (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Turkey/Russia arms deal: What can NATO do?
Ziya Meral (Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research); David Logan (British Institute at Ankara)

Wednesday, 5 June 2019
Britain as a model: Turkish politicians’ perceptions of the UK
Yaprak Gursoy (Aston University)

Wednesday 29 May 2019
Turkey’s authoritarianism: From Atatürk to Erdogan
Halil M. Karaveli (Turkey Center, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute)

Tuesday, 5 March 2019
Anti-Gender movements in Europe and Turkey
Alev Ozkazanc Kozakli (St Antony's College, Oxford)

Thursday, 14 February 2019
Book launch
How to lose a country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship
Ece Temelkuran (Journalist and Author)
Discussants: Murat Belge (St Antony's College, Oxford); Ceren Lord (St Antony's College, Oxford); Laurent Mignon (Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford)

Wednesday, 6 February 2019
Fragmented communities: Diaspora politics in the UK’s Turkish-speaking community
Mustafa Cakmak (Keele University)

Wednesday, 28 November 2018
British-Turkish relations after Brexit: Strategic partners?
Yaprak Gürsoy (Aston University); Simon Waldman (King's College London; Istanbul Policy Center)

Friday, 23 November 2018
German-Turkish relations and political Islam
Behlül Özkan (Marmara University, Istanbul)

Monday, 12 November
Centralisation of power in Turkey: Is it sustainable?
Ezgi Başaran (St Antony's College, Oxford); Charles Enoch (St Antony's College, Oxford); Mehmet Karli (Centre for International Studies, Oxford; St Antony's College, Oxford)

Monday, 30 April 2018
Panel discussion - Greek-Turkish tensions: Impending conflict?
Othon Anastasakis (St Antony’s College, Oxford); Ezgi Basaran (St Antony's College, Oxford); Katerina Dalacoura (LSE); Yaprak Gürsoy (Aston University); Mehmet Karli (St Antony’s College, Oxford); Kalypso Nicolaidis (St Antony's College, Oxford)

Wednesday, 28 February 2018
The erosion of free speech in Turkey: Why were key institutions defeated?
Kemal Göktaş (Cumhuriyet; Reuters Institute); Rıza Türmen (Former ECHR judge and former MP); Funda Ustek-Spilda (Goldsmiths University of London)

Thursday, 18 January 2018
The New Sultan: Erdogan and the Crisis of Modern Turkey
Soner Cagaptay (Washington Institute for Near East Policy)
Discussant: Gareth Winrow (Independent Analyst on Turkey)

Wednesday, 1 November 2017
Book launch: Frontline Turkey: The Conflict at the Heart of the Middle East
Ezgi Basaran (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Discussant: Chris Morris (BBC)

Wednesday, 25 October 2017
Islamo-liberal iterations in Turkey: The lifecycle of a political alliance
Nora Fisher Onar (Coastal Carolina University)

Friday, 19 May 2017
Syrian refugees in Turkey: Reception, economy, and governance
Franck Düvell, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (Compas); Sebnem Koser Akcapar, Koç University, Istanbul; Fulya Memisoglu, Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford; Eren Korkmaz, International Migration Institute, Oxford; Ali Zafer Sagiroglu, Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University; Sezin Tuna, Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University

Monday, 1 May 2017
Turkey's new political regime in comparative perspective
Koray Çalışkan (Boğaziçi University)

Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Turkey and the West: Prospects and recommendations for restoring trust
Othon Anastasakis (St Antony’s College, Oxford); David Madden (St Antony's College, Oxford); Jonathan Scheele (St Antony's College, Oxford)
Discussant: Peter Westmacott (British Ambassador to Turkey (2002-2006))

Tuesday, 21 February 2017
The engagement predicament between Turkey and the West: What is to be done?
Seyla Benhabib (Cambridge and Yale); Othon Anastasakis (St Antony's College, Oxford); Ezgi Basaran (St Antony's College, Oxford); Kalypso Nicolaidis (St Antony's College, Oxford)

Monday, 20 February 2017
Women's Rights Research Seminars: Women in ‘new Turkey’: The story of how we lost ground
Ezgi Başaran (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
​In cooperation with the Middle East Centre, St Antony's College

Wednesday, 25 January 2017
Exit from democracy: Illiberal governance in Turkey
Karabekir Akkoyunlu (University of Graz, Austria); Kerem Öktem (University of Graz, Austria)

Tuesday, 6 December 2016
Turkey’s turmoil and the West’s conundrum: How should Europe and the US approach post-coup Turkey?

Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Turkey’s 1974 Cyprus military intervention: Can it be evaluated in the context of responsibility to protect?
Altug Gunal (Ege University in İzmir/St Antony's College, Oxford); David Madden (St Antony's College, Oxford)

Wednesday, 16 November 2016
Book Launch: The New Turkey and its Discontents
Emre Caliskan (St Antony's College); Simon Waldman (King's College London)

Wednesday, 2 November 2016
Turkey before and after 15 July: The story of a failed coup
Ezgi Basaran (St Antony's College); Yaprak Gursoy (Bilgi University, Istanbul; St Antony's College); Mehmet Karli (Galatasaray University Law School, Istanbul/; Centre for International Studies, Oxford); Deniz Ulke Aribogan (Istanbul University; St Antony's College)

Wednesday, 19 October 2016
EU, Turkey and refugee policy
Gerald Knaus (European Stability Initiative)

Wednesday, 11 May 2016
Who’s afraid of free speech in Turkey?
Deniz Ulke Aribogan (St Antony's College, Oxford)
Ezgi Başaran (St Antony's College, Oxford)
Mehmet Karli (Galatasaray University Law School, Istanbul; Centre for International Studies, Oxford)

Wednesday, 4 May 2016
"The boat is broken": What really went wrong with the Kurdish peace process?
Ezgi Başaran (St Antony's College, Oxford)

Monday, 2 May 2016
Financial reform in South East Europe: Turkey’s response to the past and current crises
Gazi Erçel (Former Governor, Central Bank of Turkey)

Wednesday, 17 February 2016
Refugees, economics, geopolitics: AKP’s handling of Turkey’s multiple crises
Ziya Meral (Centre for Historical Anlaysis and Conflict Research, Sandhurst)

Tuesday, 26 January 2016
Thinking strategic and acting pragmatic: The European refugee crisis and Turkey-EU relations
Başak Kale (Middle East Technical University, Ankara)

Wednesday, 02 December 2015
Cyprus: Prospects for reunification, peace with Turkey and regional stability
Euripides L. Evriviades (Cyprus High Commissioner to the UK)

Monday, 16 November 2015
Reverse transitology? Elections and political change in Turkey
Kerem Oktem (University of Graz)

Wednesday, 13 May 2015
Cosmo(Polis): Istanbul, Identity, Difference
Nora Fisher Onar (Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul)

Wednesday, 28 May 2014
Protests and social movements in Turkey
Banu Bargu (SOAS, University of London), Cemal Burak Tansel (University of Nottingham), Aimilia Voulvouli (Fatih University, Istanbul)

Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Reflections on Turkey between two elections
Gamon McLellan (SOAS, University of London)

Thursday, 28 November 2013
Summer of Discontent: Situating the Protests in South Eastern Europe within a Regional and Global Context
Othon Anastasakis (St Antony’s College, Oxford), Dimitar Bechev (European Council on Foreign Relations), Milos Damnjanovic( St Antony’s College, Oxford), Melis Evcimik (St Antony’s College, Oxford), Jessie Hronesova (St Antony’s College, Oxford), Saliha Metinsoy (Wadham College, Oxford), Kerem Öktem (St Antony’s College, Oxford), Olga Onuch (Nuffield College, Oxford), Ana Ranitovic (St John’s College, Oxford), Gwendolyn Sasse (Nuffield College, Oxford), Ebru Soytemel (Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities), Michael Willis (St Antony's College, Oxford)

Monday, 25 November 2013
Towards New Migration Systems, Patterns and Policies in Eurasia: The Case of Turkey and the Russian Federation
Aysem Biriz Karacay (COMPAS-MiReKoc) and Franck Duvell (COMPAS-TurkMiS)

Friday, 31 May 2013
The new Turkish foreign policy in the age of Arab revolutions: Between ethics and self-interest
Ziya Önis (Koç University, Istanbul)

Tuesday, 28 May 2013
Conservative globalism at a crossroads: Turkey's economic and democratisation challenges during the AKP era
Ziya Önis (Koç University, Istanbul)

Monday, 29 April 2013
Symbology of the state and its discontents: The case of Turkey
Nora Fisher Onar (Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul)

Thursday, 25 April 2013
The evolution of the Syria Conflict and of Turkish-Syrian relations
Yasar Yakis (Former Turkish Foreign Minister, and a former Turkish

Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Turkey and European Union Energy Policy
Hasan Murat Mercan (Turkish Deputy Minister for Energy)

Saturday, 9 March 2013
Freedom and Unfreedom in Turkey: Religion, Society and Politics
Convenor: Özgür Çinar and Kerem Öktem