The Society of International Affairs invites you to an exciting panel discussion on Thursday 21 Nov!
During this summer the world could observe how the massive demonstrations, that took place in all major Turkish cities, visualised the struggle for recognition of hundreds of thousands of Turks.
The relation between the state and the Turkish civil society has always been ambiguous, but what happens when an emerging civil society, struggling for recognition, collides with a strong state? Who are the civil society, and what are their opportunities and challenges in today’s Turkey?
Come hear the panel discuss the role of the Turkish civil society and the Turkish state, and how the struggle and security dilemma between these could best be solved.
(In this panel the concept of security will be defined as different kinds of protection)
The panel consists of:
Ekin Ergün Björstedt - Sweden’s former Trade Commissioner to Turkey, and Head of the Swedish Trade Council’s operations in Central Asia. Most recently Ekin worked with sustainability at TeliaSonera, and, since October 2013, she is the Associate Director for the Stockholm University Institute for Turkey Studies.
Pelin Demirörs - Master’s student in Political Science at Stockholm University. Pelin is a Turkish politics enthusiast, and actively engaged in questions regarding the Turkish civil society.
Umut Özkırımlı - Professor of Contemporary Turkey Studies at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, at Lund University. Umut is also an Honorary Professor at the Centre for Modern European Studies, at the University of Copenhagen, a Senior Fellow at Istanbul Policy Centre, at Sabanci University, and a Research Associate of LSEE - Research on South East Europe, The London School of Economics.
Erik Ohlsson - Middle East correspondent at Dagens Nyheter, stationed in Stockholm. He has been working for Dagens Nyheter since 1979, and was previously the correspondent in New York, Washington D.C. and in Moscow.
Göteborg, Sprängkullsgatan 25
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