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Religion, Democracy and Security in Turkey – A luncheon panel discussion

Friday, April 23, 2010 - 12:15pm

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, The Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) Istanbul, and the World Policy Institute present:

Religion, Democracy and Security in Turkey

A Luncheon Discussion

In recent years, Turkey has sought an expanded role on the international stage as a mediator between East and West.  At the same time, it is experiencing far-reaching internal change, including an unprecedented expansion of civil society and internal dialogue and extensive legal changes as part of its bid for EU membership. The election of a moderate Islamist government in 2002, however, raised concerns outside of Turkey about the increased role of Islam in the country's heretofore assertively secular state and its implications for international security.  What are the effects of the changes taking place in Turkish society on its democracy and its role in international affairs? And what part does religion play in this equation?

Louis Fishman
, Brooklyn College, CUNY
Dilek Kurban
, TESEV and Bogaziçi University (Istanbul)
Etyen Mahçupyan
, TESEV (Istanbul)
The discussion will be moderated by WPI Senior Fellow Belinda Cooper.

Friday, April 23
12:15 - 2 PM
Lunch will be served beginning at 12:15; the discussion will begin at 12:30.

220 Fifth Avenue (between 26th and 27th streets)
Fifth Floor conference room
New York, New York 

Cost and RSVP:
Free for WPI Members.
Regular non-member admission:  $15  
Non-member admission for Academics, Nonprofit Professionals and full-time Students:  $10 

Members:  register by emailing or calling 212.481.5005, option 2.

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April 23 Lunch - "Religion, Democracy and Security in Turkey"

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About the Speakers:

Louis Fishman is an assistant professor at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. His work focuses on late Ottoman history, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and Modern Turkey.  He has a special interest in the construction of nationalist narratives and identities.  

Dilek Kurban is the Program Officer of the Democratization Program at the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) in Istanbul and an adjunct professor of law at Bogaziçi University.  She holds a law degree from Columbia Law School and has published in the areas of minority and human rights in Turkey, internal displacement, and European minority and human rights law.  

Etyen Mahçupyan is the Director of TESEV's Democratization Program.  He is the author of thirteen books on Turkish politics and history and the editor-in-chief of the Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos, as well as a columnist for a variety of Turkish newspapers and magazines and a commentator for Turkish television.

Belinda Cooper, moderator, is a World Policy Institute Senior Fellow and director of WPI's Program on Democratization, Human Rights and Security in Turkey.  She is also an adjunct professor of international law and human rights at NYU's Global Affairs Program.




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