The new Turkey and Middle East: How to change and how to conserve?

  • 29/03/2012 00:00:00

Speakers: Ragip Duran (Journalist, Author and Scholar - Turkey)

Jody Sabral (Broadcast Journalist - United Kingdom)

Date/Time: 29.03.2012 at 18:00

Venue: Room B102, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Organised by Kurdish Society at SOAS, Kurdish Studies and Students Organisation and Britain Peace Council

Seminar abstract

THE NEW TURKEY AND MIDDLE EAST: How to change and how to conserve?

Ragip Duran will talk about the domestic and international policies of the ruling AKP government of Turkey which won three elections since 2002 and gradually has developed from an AKP party into an “AKP state”. The new political power has re-constructed and re-structured the ethno-centric and undemocratic Turkish state in accordance to its conservative ideology and uses the state as a coercive tool to control all aspects of life through its police, military, judicial system, education and economic power within Turkey. Duran will also talk about the AKP’s Middle East politics including about the relationship between Turkey and Iran, Irak, Syria, Armenia, Azarbeijan and Israel and AKP’s policy of “Zero Problem with neighbours”, which turned into having problems with all neighbours.

The broadcast journalist Jody Sabral, who has worked in Turkey for ten years, will give a more anecdotal account that might provide the context for understanding the Turkey of today after ten years AKP in power. She will talk about the question of Turkish democracy, freedom of speech and press, women's rights, the intolerance of conservative AKP party towards anyone who expresses a different opinion than the ruling AKP government and its new bureaucratic agencies.

  • 29/03/2012 00:00:00