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Fuat Keyman
Fuat Keyman
Director, Member of Executive Board

Fuat Keyman is the Director of the Istanbul Policy Center; Vice President for Institutional Affairs and Social Impact, and Professor of International Relations at Sabancı University. Keyman is a leading political scientist in Turkey and an expert on globalization, democratization, international relations, Turkey – EU relations, Turkish foreign policy, and civil society development. He is a member of the Turkish Science Academy. In 2013, he was awarded the Strategic Vision Award for Scientists by TASAM (Turkish Asian Center for Strategic Studies). He has worked as a member on the Council of Wise People as part of the Peace Process to the Kurdish issue. He also serves on advisory and editorial boards for a number of respected international and national organizations as well as for academic journals. Additionally, he is a member of the scientific advisory boards for Austrian Institute for International Affairs (OIIP) and The Global Centre for Pluralism. He has been the research director for various projects, such as Peter Berger and Samuel Huntington’s Many Globalizations; Strengthening Checks and Balances in Turkey, SIDA, Sweden; Enacting European Citizenship, European Council Framework 7 Project; Mapping Civil Society in Turkey, CIVICUS; and received a prestigious grant on urbanization from the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. Since 2002, as well as his academic work, Keyman has been sharing his ideas and analysis of Turkey in a global context through various newspaper columns and TV programs.

He is the author and editor of more nearly thirty books, including Sekiz Kentin Hikayesi (with Berrin Koyuncu-Lorasdağı, 2020); Kurdish Problem: Local Dynamics and Conflict Resolution (with Ayşe Köse, 2019); Istanbul: Living with Difference in a Global City (with Nora Fisher-Onar and Susan C. Pearce, 2018), Turkey, The Arab Spring and Beyond (with Bülent Aras, 2016), Global Turkey in Europe 3: Democracy, Trade, and the Kurdish Question in Turkey-EU Relations (2015), Democracy, Identity and Foreign Policy in Turkey (with Şebnem Gümüşçü, 2014); Global Turkey in Europe 2: Energy, Migration, Civil Society and Citizenship Issues in Turkey-EU Relations (2014); Global Turkey in Europe: Political, Economic, and Foreign Policy Dimensions of Turkey’s Evolving Relationship with the EU (2013); Remaking Turkey (in Turkish, 2013); Symbiotic Antagonisms: Competing Nationalisms in Turkey (with Ayşe Kadıoğlu, 2011); Cities: The Transformation of Anatolia, the Future of Turkey (2010); Competing Nationalism in Turkey (2010), Turkey in a Globalizing World (2010); Remaking Turkey, Globalization, Alternative Modernities and Democracy (2008); Turkish Politics in a Changing World (with Ziya Öniş, 2007), Citizenship in a Global World: European Questions and Turkish Experiences (2005); Changing World, Transforming Turkey (2005); Globalization, State, Identity/Difference: Toward a Critical Social Theory of International Relations (1997). Keyman has also authored numerous articles published in prestigious, peer-reviewed international journals such as Journal of Democracy, Third World Quarterly, European Journal of Social Theory, Theory Culture & Society, and Review of International Political Economy, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies.

Prior to joining Sabancı University, Keyman taught in the Department of International Relations at Koç University between 2002 and 2010, and in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Bilkent University between 1994 and 2002. He was also Visiting Professor at Carleton University in the summer of 1997. Keyman holds several post-doctoral fellowships from Wellesley College and Harvard University He received his PhD in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Comparative Politics from Carleton University. He completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.

Turkey-EU Relations before the March Summit: The Way Forward?

Director of the European Union Studies Centre at the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) Nilgün Arısan-Eralp, Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Atila Eralp, Director Fuat Keyman, and Secretary-General of the Economic Development Foundation (IKV) Çiğdem Nas' policy brief “Turkey-EU Relations before the March Summit: The Way Forward?” was published in March 2021.

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Kentlerin Türkiyesi: İmkânlar, Sınırlar ve Çatışmalar

Director Fuat Keyman, Koç University Faculty Member Çağlar Keyder, Istanbul Bilgi University Lecturer Fırat Genç and Urbanization and Local Governance Cluster Coordinator Ayşe Köse Badur's book “Kentlerin Türkiyesi: İmkânlar, Sınırlar ve Çatışmalar” was published in March 2021 with İletişim Yayınları. 

 

Turkey-U.S. Relations in the Changing Transatlantic Context

Director of the European Union Studies Centre at the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) Nilgün Arısan-Eralp, Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Atila Eralp, Director Fuat Keyman, and Secretary-General of the Economic Development Foundation (IKV) Çiğdem Nas' policy brief “Turkey-U.S. Relations in the Changing Transatlantic Context" was published in February 2021. 

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EU-Turkish Relations After The Council Summit: A Chance for Reengagement or Facing a Complete Breakdown?

Director Fuat Keyman, Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, 2019/20 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Atila Eralp, Secretary-General of the Economic Development Foundation (IKV) Çiğdem Nas and Director of the European Union Studies Centre at the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) Nilgün Arısan-Eralp's policy brief "EU-Turkish Relations After The Council Summit: A Chance for Reengagement or Facing a Complete Breakdown?" was published in November 2020.

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Salgın: Tükeniş Çağında Dünyayı Yeniden Düşünmek

Didem Bayındır's book Salgın: Tükeniş Çağında Dünyayı Yeniden Düşünmek was published on September 2020 with Tellekt. Director Fuat Keyman and Senior Scholar Evren Balta contributed to this book with an article.

The Five Challenges to Erdoğan's Executive Presidential Rule after the Coronavirus

Director Fuat Keyman and IPC Researcher Andrew O'Donohue's analysis "The Five Challenges to Erdoğan’s Executive Presidential Rule after the Coronavirus" was published in The German Marshall Fund of United States on September 9, 2020.

The Tale of Eight Cities: New Localism and New Middle Classes in Turkey

Director Fuat Keyman and Berrin Koyuncu-Lorasdağı's book The Tale of Eight Cities: New Localism and New Middle Classes in Turkey (Sekiz Kentin Hikâyesi: Türkiye’de Yeni Yerellik ve Yeni Orta Sınıflar) was published in June 2020 with Metis Kitap.

A Fumbling or an Enabling European Union: Envisioning Multilateralism in a Post-Corona World

2019/20 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Atila Eralp and Director Fuat Keyman’s policy brief “A Fumbling or an Enabling European Union: Envisioning Multilateralism in a Post-Corona World” was published in May 2020.

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Governance, State and Democracy in a Post-Corona World

Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit and Director Fuat Keyman’ policy brief “Governance, State and Democracy in a Post-Corona World” was published in April 2020.

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Changing Parameters of Migration Cooperation: Beyond the EU-Turkey Deal?

Director Fuat Keyman, Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, and 2016/17 Mercator-IPC Fellow Kristen Biehl’s report Changing Parameters of Migration Cooperation: Beyond the EU-Turkey Deal? was published in December 2019.

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Kurdish Issue: Local Dynamics and Conflict Resolution

Urbanization and Local Governance Cluster Coordinator Ayşe Köse Badur and Director Fuat Keyman's book Kurdish Issue: Local Dynamics and Conflict Resolution (Kürt Sorunu: Yerel Dinamikler ve Çatışma Çözümü) was published in October 2019 with Ayrıntı Yayınları.

Local Dynamics in Local Governance: From the Cities of Turkey to a Turkey of Cities

Director Fuat Keyman, Urbanization and Local Governance Cluster Coordinator Ayşe Köse Badur, İstanbul Bilgi University Instructor Fırat Genç and 2015/16 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Çağlar Keyder's report Local Dynamics in Local Governance: From the Cities of Turkey to a Turkey of Cities​ (Kent Bölge:Yerel Yönetimde Yerel Dinamikler – Türkiye’nin Kentlerinden Kentlerin Türkiye’sine) was published in TÜRKONFED in May 2019.

Turkish-U.S. Strategic Decoupling Through the Prism of Syria

Director Fuat Keyman and Galip Dalay's analysis "Turkish-U.S. Strategic Decoupling Through the Prism of Syria" was published in The German Marshall Fund of the United States in February 2019.

Promises and Challenges of Diversity: The Role of Civil Society Initiatives in Fostering Pluralism

Director Fuat Keyman, Trent University Faculty Member Feyzi Baban, 2015/16 Mercator-IPC Fellow Hande Paker, and the Associate Director of the International Migration Research Centre Kim Rygiel's report Promises and Challenges of Diversity: The Role of Civil Society Initiatives in Fostering Pluralism was published in October 2018. 

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Social Cohesion in Turkey

INGEV Researchers Aysen Ataseven and Çağla Bakış’s report Social Cohesion in Turkey (Türkiye'de Sosyal Uyum) was published in June 2018. The report includes an executive summary by Fuat Keyman and focuses on the current state of social cohesion in Turkey.

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Water and Food Security in Turkey in a Changing Climate

2016/17 Mercator-IPC Fellow Tuğba Ağaçayak and Director Fuat Keyman's policy brief  “Water and Food Security in Turkey in a Changing Climate” was published in March 2018.

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Istanbul: Living with Difference in a Global City

Director Fuat Keyman, Nora Fisher-Onar and Susan C. Pearce's book Istanbul: Living with Difference in a Global City  was published in January 2018 with Rutgers University Press.

 

Turkey's Strategic Choice: Flexible Alliances with an Enduring Transatlantic Anchor

Director Fuat Keyman and Editor and Researcher Megan Gisclon‘s analysis “Turkey’s Strategic Choice: Flexible Alliances with an Enduring Transatlantic Anchor” was published in German Marshall Fund of the United States on December 1, 2017.

The Illiberal Turn in Advanced Democracies

Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit and Director Fuat Keyman‘s policy brief “The Illiberal Turn in Advanced Democracies” was published in December 2017.

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Fifteen Months After July 15: Reforming The Military, Transforming The State

Director Fuat Keyman and IPC Researcher Metin Gürcan‘s report Fifteen Months After July 15: Reforming The Military, Transforming The State (15 Temmuz'dan On Beş Ay Sonra: Ordunun Reformu, Devletin Dönüşümü) was published in November 2017. 

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Turkey's Choice: Responding to Security Challenges Through Humanitarian Norms with a Revitalized EU Anchor

Director Fuat Keyman's article "Turkey’s Choice: Responding to Security Challenges Through Humanitarian Norms with a Revitalized EU Anchor" was published in International Politics in July 2017.

Opportunities for Consensus and Coexistence after July 15: Peace and Human Development Connection

Director Fuat Keyman and Aysen Ataseven‘s report Opportunities for Consensus and Coexistence after July 15: Peace and Human Development Connection (15 Temmuz Sonrası Uzlaşma ve Birlikte Yaşama Olasılığı: Barış İnşaası-İnsani Gelişme İlişkisi) was published in April 2017.

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A New Turkish Foreign Policy: Towards Proactive “Moral Realism”

Director Fuat Keyman's article "A New Turkish Foreign Policy: Towards Proactive “Moral Realism” was published in Insight Turkey in January 2017.

The Trump Presidency and the Rise of Populism in the Global Context

Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit and Director Fuat Keyman‘s policy brief “The Trump Presidency and the Rise of Populism in the Global Context” was published in January 2017.

Donald Trump’s ascendancy to power after the U.S. presidential election in November 2016 has fueled debates on the global rise of populism. In the wake of the resurgent populist movement, the United States has become the first long-established Western democracy currently ruled by a right-wing populist leader. This policy brief examines the current debate on populism, its causes, and remedies in light of this election and proposes new modes of responding to this phenomenon within liberal democracies.

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Turkish Foreign Policy in The Post-Arab Spring Era: From Proactive to Buffer State

Director Fuat Keyman’s article “Turkish Foreign Policy in The Post-Arab Spring Era: From Proactive to Buffer State” was published in Third World Quarterly in July 2016.

Türkiye Dış Politikası, İnsani Yardım, İnsani Yardım Devleti Olma

Director Fuat Keyman's article "Türkiye Dış Politikası, İnsani Yardım, İnsani Yardım Devleti Olma" was published in Analist in June 2016.

Yeni Anayasa'ya Doğru: Kurumsal Reform ve Demokrasi Kültürünün Gelişimi

Director Fuat Keyman, İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty Member Senem Aydın-Düzgit, KONDA Research and Consultancy General Director Bekir Ağırdır, Sabancı University Faculty Members Özge Kemahlıoğlu and Işık Özel's book Yeni Anayasa’ya Doğru: Kurumsal Reform ve Demokrasi Kültürünün Gelişimi  was published in December 2015 with TÜRKONFED.

Enacting Multi-Layered Citizenship: Turkey's Armenians' Struggle for Justice and Equality

Director Fuat Keyman and Bahar Rumelili's article "Enacting Multi-Layered Citizenship: Turkey’s Armenians’ Struggle for Justice and Equality" was published in Citizenship Studies on November 4, 2015.

The Post-Elections Turkey: What Lies Ahead?

Director Fuat Keyman's commentary "The Post-Elections Turkey: What Lies Ahead?" was published in Global Turkey in Europe in November 2015. 

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Low Carbon Development Pathways and Priorities for Turkey

Senior Scholar and Climate Studies Coordinator Ümit Şahin, WWF-Turkey Climate & Energy Program Consultant Mustafa Özgür Berke and WWF-Turkey Expert Funda Gacal‘s report Low Carbon Development Pathways and Priorities for Turkey was published in WWF Turkey in October 2015.

 

Turkey after Elections: Iranian Nuclear Deal, Kurdish Peace Process and the Fight against DAESH

Director Fuat Keyman and Senior Scholar and Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Coordinator Bülent Aras' article "Turkey after Elections: Iranian Nuclear Deal, Kurdish Peace Process and the Fight against DAESH" was published in Wilson Center on August 3, 2015. 

Turkey, the Arab Spring and Beyond

Director Fuat Keyman and Senior Scholar and Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Coordinator Bülent Aras' article "Turkey, the Arab Spring and Beyond" was published in Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies on July 24, 2015.

Global Turkey in Europe III: Democracy, Trade, and the Kurdish Question in Turkey-EU Relations

(July 2014-May 2015)

Global Turkey in Europe's third volume sheds light on four key areas in EU-Turkey relations: foreign relations, democracy, the Kurdish question, and economic and trade issues. Building on its two preceding collective volumes, Global Turkey in Europe III intends to contribute to a comprehensive discussion on shaping a common Turkish-European future with an eye to key domestic, regional, and global challenges and opportunities facing both the EU and Turkey.

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Turkey's Unconsolidated Democracy: The Nexus between Democratisation and Majoritarianism in Turkey

Senior Scholar Meltem Müftüler-Baç and Director Fuat Keyman’s policy brief “Turkey’s Unconsolidated Democracy: The Nexus between Democratisation and Majoritarianism in Turkey” was published in Global Turkey in Europe in January 2015.

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Democracy, Identity and Foreign Policy in Turkey: Hegemony Through Transformation

Director Fuat Keyman and Researcher Şebnem Gümüşçü's book Democracy, Identity and Foreign Policy in Turkey: Hegemony Through Transformation was published in September 2014 with Palgrave Pivot.

Ruling vs. Governing: Pluralism and Democracy in Turkey, Egypt, and Tunisia

Director Fuat Keyman and Project Coordinator Şebnem Gümüşçü's analysis "Ruling vs. Governing: Pluralism and Democracy in Turkey, Egypt, and Tunisia” was published in German Marshall Fund of the United States on April 15, 2014.

Democracy Support in Turkey's Foreign Policy

Director Fuat Keyman and Senior Scholar and İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty Member Senem Aydın-Düzgit's article "Democracy Support in Turkey's Foreign Policy" was published in Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on March 25, 2014.

Islamism, Electoral Hegemony, and Democracy: Lessons from Turkey, Egypt, and Tunisia

Director Fuat Keyman and Project Coordinator Şebnem Gümüşçü's analysis "Islamism, Electoral Hegemony, and Democracy: Lessons from Turkey, Egypt, and Tunisia" was published in The German Marshall Fund of United States on December 16, 2013.

A Comprehensive Political Parties and Election System Reform Proposal for Turkey's Democratization

Director Fuat Keyman, KONDA Research and Consultancy Chairman of Board Tarhan Erdem and KONDA Research and Consultancy General Director Bekir Ağırdır's report A Comprehensive Political Parties and Election System Reform Proposal for Turkey's Democratization (Türkiye’nin Demokratikleşmesi İçin Kapsamlı Bir Siyasi Parti ve Seçim Sistemi Reformu Önerisi) was published in December 2013.

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Kalkınma Aktörleri ve Yükselen Pazarlar

Director Fuat Keyman and Research and Academic Affairs Manager Onur Sazak's article "Kalkınma Aktörleri ve Yükselen Pazarlar" was published in TÜSİAD in December 2013.

The ‘Kurdish Question' Revisited: Modernity, Nationalism, and Citizenship in Turkey

Fevzi Bilgin and Ali Sarıhan's book Understanding Turkey's Kurdish Question was published in June 2013 with Lexington Books. The book featured a chapter by Director Fuat Keyman and Senior Scholar Umut Özkırımlı, titled "The ‘Kurdish Question’ Revisited: Modernity, Nationalism, and Citizenship in Turkey".

 

Global Turkey in Europe: Political, Economic, and Foreign Policy Dimensions of Turkey's Evolving Relationship with the EU

(July 2012 - March 2013)

This research paper explores how the EU and Turkey can enhance their cooperation in the political, economic, and foreign policy domains and how they can find a way out of the stalemate EU-Turkey relations have reached with the lack of progress in accession negotiations and the increasing uncertainty over both the future of the European project after the Eurozone crisis and Turkey's role in it.

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Transforming Turkey-EU Relations: Ground for Hope

Director Fuat Keyman and Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty Member Senem Aydın-Düzgit's policy brief "Transforming Turkey-EU Relations: Ground for Hope" was published in Global Turkey in Europe in March 2013.

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Turkey's New Constitution: Transformation, Democratization, and Living Together

Director Fuat Keyman's article "Turkey’s New Constitution: Transformation, Democratization, and Living Together" was published in E-International Relations on July 25, 2012.

Turkey: An Emerging Hub of Globalization and Internationalist Humanitarian Actor?

Director Fuat Keyman and Reşat Bayer's article "Turkey: An Emerging Hub of Globalization and Internationalist Humanitarian Actor?" was published in Globalizations in February 2012.

The Era of Dominant Party Politics

Director Fuat Keyman and Senior Scholar Meltem Müftüler Baç's article "The Era of Dominant Party Politics" was published in  Journal of Democracy in January 2012.

Perceptions of Democracy in Turkey

Director Fuat Keyman and Sabancı University Faculty Member Özge Kemahlıoğlu's report Perceptions of Democracy in Turkey (Türkiye’de Demokrasi Algısı) was published in May 2011.

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Symbiotic Antagonisms: Competing Nationalisms in Turkey

Director Fuat Keyman and Senior Scholar Ayşe Kadıoğlu's book Symbiotic Antagonisms: Competing Nationalisms in Turkey  was published in April 2011 with University of Utah Press.

A Tale of Ambiguity: Citizenship, Nationalism and Democracy in Turkey

Director Fuat Keyman and Tuba Kancı's article "A Tale of Ambiguity: Citizenship, Nationalism and Democracy in Turkey" was published in Nations and Nationalism in January 2011.

Kentler: Anadolu'nun Dönüşümü, Türkiye'nin Geleceği

Director Fuat Keyman's book Kentler: Anadolu’nun Dönüşümü, Türkiye’nin Geleceği  was published in February 2010 with Doğan Kitapları.

Turkey, Transformation and the Left Media

Director Fuat Keyman's article "Turkey, Transformation and the Left Media" was published in Turkish Studies in February 2011.

Remaking Turkey: Globalization, Alternative Modernities and Democracies

Director Fuat Keyman's book Remaking Turkey: Globalization, Alternative Modernities and Democracies was published in 2008 with Lexington Books.

Turkish Politics in a Changing World: Global Dynamics and Domestic Transformations

Director Fuat Keyman and Ziya Öniş's book Turkish Politics in a Changing World: Global Dynamics and Domestic Transformations was published in October 2007 with İstanbul Bilgi University Press.

Salgın ve Toplum - "Popüler Kültür, Toplum ve Siyaset"

1 June 2021

Salgın ve Toplum - "Fatih Sultan Mehmet'ten Hannah Arendt'e: Devlet, Yönetim, Muhalefet"

4 May 2021

Salgın ve Toplum - "İklim Değişikliği Liderler Zirvesi'nin Ardından"

27 April 2021

"Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?" with Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Evren Balta & Fuat Keyman

Ukrayna-Rusya Krizi Bağlamında Türkiye-AB-Rusya İlişkileri

Salgın ve Toplum - "Suriyeliler: Olgular, Algılar ve Yönetişim"

20 April 2021

Salgın ve Toplum - "Devleti Düşünmek II: Tarih, Siyasal Kuram ve Ahlak"

13 April 2021

"Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?" with Galip Dalay and Fuat Keyman

Türkiye'nin Batı İkilemi

Constitutionalism and Democracy in Turkey and Beyond

8 April 2021

Salgın ve Toplum - "AB Zirvesi Sonrası"

30 March 2021

"Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?" with Ayşe Köse Badur and Fuat Keyman

Kentlerin Türkiyesi ve Yeni Yerellik

Salgın ve Toplum - "Türkiye-AB İlişkileri ve Yeşil Mutabakat"

16 March 2021

Salgın ve Toplum - "Y ve Z Kuşakları: Korona Günlerinde Gençlik"

2 March 2021

Unhappy, Unjust, Insecure Turkey

Director Fuat Keyman’s article "Unhappy, Unjust, Insecure Turkey (Mutsuz, Adaletsiz, Güvensiz Türkiye)" was published in Karar on February 23, 2021. Please click here to read the article.

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Salgın ve Toplum - "1921 Anayasası'nın 100. Yılı ve Yeni Anayasa Tartışmaları"

16 February 2021

"Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?" with Ergün Özbudun and Fuat Keyman

Yeni Anayasa Gündemi

Salgın ve Toplum - "Devlet"i Çalışmak: Sınıflar, Kurumlar, Toplum

9 February 2021

Salgın ve Toplum - "Antroposen"

2 February 2021

"Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?" with Fuat Keyman and Özgür Ünlühisarcıklı

Biden Döneminde Türkiye-ABD İlişkileri

Salgın ve Toplum - "Biden Döneminde Türkiye-ABD İlişkileri"

19 January 2021

"Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?" with Fuat Keyman and Evren Balta

2021'e Dair Olasılıklar ve Beklentiler

2021'de Nasıl bir Dünya; Nasıl bir Türkiye?

Director Fuat Keyman's article "2021’de Nasıl bir Dünya; Nasıl bir Türkiye?" was published in Perspektif on January 5, 2021. Please click here to read the article.

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The Rise of the Psychology: Subversive Polarization, Anxiety and Anxious Citizens

Director Fuat Keyman’s article "The Rise of the Psychology: Subversive Polarization, Anxiety and Anxious Citizens (Psikolojinin Yükselişi: Yıkıcı Kutuplaşma, Kaygı ve Endişeli Vatandaşlar) was published in Karar on December 16, 2020. Please click here to read the article.

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Bir Başkadır

Director Fuat Keyman's article "Bir Başkadır" was published in Karar on November 11, 2020. Please click here to read the article.

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New Locality and the Possibility of 'Re-Democratization' in Turkey

Director Fuat Keyman's article "New Locality and the Possibility of 'Re-Democratization' in Turkey (Yeni Yerellik ve Türkiye’de ‘Yeniden Demokratikleşme’ Olasılığı)" was published in Karar on October 30, 2020.

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“Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?” with Fuat Keyman, Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Ümit Şahin, Fikret Adaman, Atila Eralp, Ayşe Köse Badur, Gökçe Uysal and Ahmet Atıl Aşıcı

2020'de Ne Yaptık? 2021'den Ne Bekliyoruz?
 

Salgın ve Toplum - "Post-Korona Dünya: Devlet-Ekonomi-Demokrasi"

29 December 2020

Salgın ve Toplum Özel Yayın - "COVID-19 ve Aşılar: Beklentiler ve Gerçekler"

26 December 2020

“Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?” with Fuat Keyman and Galip Dalay

Biden Döneminde Türkiye-ABD İlişkileri

Salgın ve Toplum - "Irkçılık Niye Bitmiyor?"

15 December 2020

Salgın ve Toplum - "Psikoloji Kıyıya Vurunca"

1 December 2020

“Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?” with Fuat Keyman and Evren Balta

"Bir Başkadır": Kesişen Dünyalar ve Kutuplaşma

Salgın ve Toplum - “Yeni Yerellik: Tarım, Çatışma Çözümü ve Kentler”

17 November 2020

Salgın ve Toplum - "Atatürk - Kurucu Felsefenin Evrimi"

10 November 2020

“Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?” with Fuat Keyman and Ayşe Köse Badur

Atatürk'ü Anmak Üzerine

Isolationism: A History of America's Efforts to Shield Itself from the World by Charles Kupchan

The IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative organized a webinar titled "Isolationism: A History of America’s Efforts to Shield Itself from the World by Charles Kupchan (Oxford University Press, October 2020)" with the participation of Charles Kupchan, Fuat Keyman, Senem Aydın-Düzgit and Soli Özel on November 6, 2020.

İklim Değişikliği Bağlamında Tarımda Dönüşümün Politik Ekolojisi

The Istanbul Policy Center-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Inititative organized the webinar “İklim Değişikliği Bağlamında Tarımda Dönüşümün Politik Ekolojisi” with the participation of Fuat Keyman, Fikret Adaman and Zafer Yenal on November 6, 2020.

“Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?” with Fuat Keyman and Ayşe Köse Badur

Bir Fikir ve Yönetim olarak Cumhuriyet

“Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?” with Fuat Keyman, Pankaj Mishra and Yusuf Leblebici

Anxiety, Anger and Hope: A Critical Look at the Post-Corona World

Salgın ve Toplum - "Amerikan Seçimleri"

3 November, 2020

Salgın ve Toplum - "Cumhuriyet, Batılılaşma ve Ulus Devlet"

27 October 2020

“Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?” with Fuat Keyman and Galip Dalay

Doğu Akdeniz'den Kafkasya'ya: Jeopolitiğin Geri Dönüşü

“Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?” with Fuat Keyman and Ümit Şahin

Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?

Anadolu Siyasi Tarihinde Denge ve Denetleme Tartışmaları

Istanbul Policy Center and Checks and Balances Network organized the webinar "Anadolu Siyasi Tarihinde Denge ve Denetleme Tartışmaları: Dünya Tarihi Perspektifi & Mutlak İktidarın Kısıtlanması Bağlamında Avrupa ve Asya’nın Entelektüel, Siyasi ve İktisadi Dinamikleri" with the participation of Fuat Keyman, Evrim Binbaş, Huricihan İslamoğlu, and Onur Kalkan on September 10.

“Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye” with Fuat Keyman, Senem Aydın-Düzgit, and Ümit Şahin

Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye

“Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye” with Fuat Keyman, Bekir Ağırdır, and Hayriye Ataş

Türkiye'de Demokrasi Algısı

“Salgın ve Toplum” Webinar Series: “Sivil Toplum, Kooperatifler, Yeni Yerellik”

July 20, 2020

'New Localism' Against Neoliberalism: The Tale of Eight Cities

Director Fuat Keyman and Berrin Koyuncu-Lorasdağı's book The Tale of Eight Cities: New Localism and New Middle Classes in Turkey (Sekiz Kentin Hikâyesi: Türkiye’de Yeni Yerellik ve Yeni Orta Sınıflar) was introduced in an article titled "'New Localism' Against Neoliberalism: The Tale of Eight Cities" by Beyza Ertem on July 9, 2020 in GazeteDuvar.

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“Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye” with Fuat Keyman and Feyzi Baban

Post-Korona Dünyada Milliyetçilik, Vatanseverlik ve Kozmopolitlik

“Salgın ve Toplum” Webinar Series: “İdlib'den Libya'ya: Batı-Avrasya Sarkacında Türk Dış Politikası”

June 19, 2020

“Salgın ve Toplum” Webinar Series: “Dijitalleşen Post-Korona Dünyada Potansiyeller ve Riskler”

June 22, 2020

“Salgın ve Toplum” Webinar Series: “Post-Korona Dünya Düzeni: Adalet, Eşitlik ve Temel Özgürlükler”

June 15,  2020

"Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye" with Fuat Keyman and Feyzi Baban

Amerika'dan Çıkarılacak Dersler: Demokrasi, Özgürlük, Eşitsizlik

The US is Burning: Racism, Unemployment, Polarization

Istanbul Policy Center organized the webinar “The US is Burning: Racism, Unemployment, Polarization (Amerika Yanıyor: Irkçılık, İşsizlik, Kutuplaşma)” with the participation of Senior Scholar Ayşe Kadıoğlu, UCLA Scholar Erdem İlter, Director Fuat Keyman, and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit on June 4, 2020.

The Dark Face of the U.S.: Racism, Inequality, Second-Class Citizenship

Director Fuat Keyman’s article “Post-Corona World: Changing Parameters of Politics and Turkey (The Dark Face of the U.S.: Racism, Inequality, Second-Class Citizenship)” was published in Karar on June 2, 2020. Please click here to read the article.

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Post-Corona Turkey and the Change in Politics

Director Fuat Keyman’s article “Post-Corona Turkey and the Change in Politics (Post-Korona Türkiye ve Siyasette Değişim)” was published in Perspektif on May 27, 2020. Please click here to read the article.

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Post-Corona World: Changing Parameters of Politics and Turkey

Director Fuat Keyman’s article “Post-Corona World: Changing Parameters of Politics and Turkey (Post-Korona Dünya: Siyasetin Değişen Parametreleri ve Türkiye)” was published in Karar on May 12, 2020. Please click here to read the article.

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Post-Corona World: Is it the End of Global U.S. Leadership?

Director Fuat Keyman’s article “Post-Corona World: Is it the End of Global U.S. Leadership? (Post-Korona Dünya: Amerika’nın Küresel Liderliğinin Sonu Mu?)” was published in Karar on April 26, 2020. Please click here to read the article.

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"Salgın ve Toplum" Webinar Series: "Pandeminin Ekonomi Politiği"

June 1, 2020

Conflict Resolution, Syria, and Idlib in the Post-Corona World

Istanbul Policy Center organized the webinar “Conflict Resolution, Syria, and Idlib in the Post-Corona World (Post-Korona Dünyada Çatışma Çözümü, Suriye ve İdlib)” with the participation of Senior Scholar Bülent Aras, Director Fuat Keyman, Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, and Şaban Kardaş from TOBB University of Economics and Technology on May 27, 2020.

"Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye" with Fuat Keyman and Nebi Sümer

Salgın Döneminde Toplumsal Psikoloji ve Birey Olmak

"Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye" with Fuat Keyman and Atila Eralp

Korona Sonrası Dünyada Çok Taraflılık

"Salgın ve Toplum" Webinar Series: "Korona Sonrası Sosyal Adalet: Mülteciler, Mevsimlik İşçiler ve İşsizler"

May 11, 2020

"Salgın ve Toplum" Webinar Series: "Pandemi Döneminde Toplumsal Psikoloji ve Birey Olmak"

April 27, 2020

Post-Corona World: Social Cohesion and Moral Self-Virtous Citizenry

Director Fuat Keyman’s article “Post-Corona World: Social Cohesion and Moral Self-Virtous Citizenry (Post-Korona Dünya: Toplumsal Uyum ve Ahlaki Benlik-Erdemli Vatandaşlık)” was published in Karar on April 21, 2020. Please click here to read the article.

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"Salgın ve Toplum" Webinar Series: "Küreselleşme ve Dünya Düzeni: Devlet, Ekonomi, Kimlik"

April 20, 2020

"Salgın ve Toplum" Webinar Series: First Panel

April 13, 2020

"Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye" with Fuat Keyman and Evren Balta

Küresel Salgın Döneminde Tedirginlik

Corona Pandemic and Globalization: What Kind of a World Will We Live in?

Director Fuat Keyman’s article “Corona Pandemic and Globalization: What Kind of a World Will We Live in? (Korona Pandemisi Ve Küreselleşme: Nasıl Bir Dünyada Yaşayacağız?)” was published in Perspektif on April 3, 2020. Please click here to read the article.

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Turkey-Russia Relations From Atatürk-Lenin to Erdoğan-Putin

Director Fuat Keyman's article "Turkey-Russia Relations From Atatürk-Lenin to Erdoğan-Putin (Atatürk-Lenin’den Erdoğan-Putin’e Türkiye-Rusya İlişkileri)" was published in Perspektif on March 11, 2020. Please click here to read the article.

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Flexible Alliance Period in Foreign Policy

Director Fuat Keyman's article "Flexible Alliance Period in Foreign Policy (Dış Politikada Esnek İttifak Dönemi)" was published in Perspektif on February 5, 2020. Please click here to read the article.

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Globalizing World and Turkey in 2020s

Director Fuat Keyman's article "Globalizing World and Turkey in 2020s (2020’lerde Küreselleşen Dünya ve Türkiye)" was published in UİK Panorama on January 22, 2020. Please click here to read the article.

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City Region: New Perspective in Development and Growth

City Region: New Perspective in Development and Growth was published in TURKONFED BIZ.

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State, Economy, Democracy: What kind of a New Story?

Director Fuat Keyman's article "State, Economy, Democracy: What kind of a New Story? (Devlet, Ekonomi, Demokrasi: Nasıl bir Yeni Hikaye?)" was published in Karar on November 22, 2019. Please click here to read the article.

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‘Pax Russica ': Syrian Equation as it Moves into the Post-Conflict Period

Director Fuat Keyman's article "‘‘Pax Russica ': Syrian Equation as it Moves into the Post-Conflict Period (Pax Russica’: Çatışma-sonrası döneme geçerken Suriye Denklemi)" was published in Karar on October 30, 2019. Please click here to read the article.

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Operation Peace Spring: Can ‘Offensive realism' be successful?

Director Fuat Keyman's article "Operation Peace Spring: Can ‘Offensive realism' be successful? (Barış Pınarı: ‘Ofansif Realizm’ Başarılı Olabilir mi?)" was published in Karar on October 14, 2019. Please click here to read the article.

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Patriotism today: Is it possible to be a patriot without being a chauvinist?

Director Fuat Keyman's article "Patriotism today: Is it possible to be a patriot without being a chauvinist? (Vatanseverlik Bugün: Milliyetçi Olmadan Vatansever Olmak Mümkün mü?)" was published in Karar on September 12, 2019. Please click here to read the article.

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Elections in Istanbul: Anxious Middle Classes, and Turkey's Future

Director Fuat Keyman's article "Elections in Istanbul: Anxious Middle Classes, and Turkey's Future (İstanbul Seçimleri Kaygılı Orta Sınıflar Türkiye’nin Geleceği)" was published in Karar on May 24, 2019. Please click here to read the article.

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How to Read the Local Elections?

Director Fuat Keyman's article "How to Read the Local Elections? (Yerel Seçim Nasıl Okunmalı?)" was published in Karar on April 5, 2019. Please click here to read the article.

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'Trump factor' 'Flexible alliances' Turkey-West Relations

Director Fuat Keyman's article "‘'Trump factor' 'Flexible alliances' Turkey-West Relations (Trump faktörü’ ‘Esnek ittifaklar’ Türkiye-Batı ilişkileri)" was published in Karar on March 21, 2019. Please click here to read the article.

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Crisis in Turkey-US Relations: Notes from Washington?

Director Fuat Keyman's article "Türkiye-ABD İlişkilerinde Kriz Washington’da Ne Konuşuluyor? (Crisis in Turkey-US Relations: Notes from Washington?)" was published in Karar on March 18, 2019. Please click here to read the article.

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TURKONFED BIZ Dergisi

21st Century: The Era of Cities interview was published in TURKONFED BIZ

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"Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?" with Fuat Keyman and Galip Dalay

"Nasıl bir Dünya? Nasıl bir Türkiye?" with Fuat Keyman

Cosmopolitan Democracy Revisited in a World of Rising Populism, Deepening Polarization and Rampant Neoliberalism

2015/16 Mercator-IPC Fellow Hande Paker convened a conference titled “Cosmopolitan Democracy Revisited in a World of Rising Populism, Deepening Polarization and Rampant Neoliberalism” on October 24-25, 2016 at IPC.

 

Neoliberal Globalization and Populist Tendencies: Turkey in the Global Context

The Initiative organized a panel titled “Neoliberal Globalization and Populist Tendencies: Turkey in the Global Context” with 2015/16 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Çağlar Keyder and IPC Director Fuat Keyman on June 9, 2016 at Cezayir Restaurant, Istanbul.

 

Turkey-EU Relations in the Post-July 15 Era: A Needed Cooperation and Collaboration

Istanbul Policy Center organized a panel “Turkey-EU Relations in the Post-July 15 Era A Needed Cooperation and Collaboration” on October 10, 2016, at The Seed, Sakıp Sabancı Museum.

The panel, which was moderated by Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Senior Scholar & Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator at IPC, hosted Fuat Keyman, Director of Istanbul Policy Center; Ruprecht Polenz, Former Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs at German Bundestag and 2014/15 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow; Nilüfer Göle, Professor at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and 2014/15 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow; and Gerald Knaus, Founding Chairman of the European Stability Initiative and 2016/17 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow, as speakers.

Faith and Aesthetics in Public Space – Places of Worship Amid Tradition and Power

This is the second event in a series on mosques and Islam in public space. In the first panel, we have discussed the theme of Faith and Aesthetics in Public Space around the architecture of mosques both in Turkey and Europe.

This panel explored the meaning and transformation of places of worship in relation to tradition and power. The event brought together academics from different disciplinary backgrounds in order to engage in a discussion of significant issues. 

Reconceptualizing Religious Norms, Rights and Practices of Muslims and Jews in Europe

The Istanbul Policy Center-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative and The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute in cooperation with the Jewish Museum Berlin co-organized the second meeting of the study group A Shared Perspective of Jews and Muslims for Europe on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 in Berlin.

The group has been initiated by Professor Nilüfer Göle and Professor Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin and explores the ways in which Jews and Muslims relate to secular modernity and to European pluralism. The first meeting, which took place in July 2014 in Istanbul, focused on the controversy on male circumcision. The meeting in Berlin focused on the controversy on halal/kosher foods and ritual slaughtering in Europe.

Bridging Troubled Waters – The Future of Turkey in Europe

Istanbul Policy Center-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative, the Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies and the European Union and Global Research Association organized a panel discussion on “Bridging Troubled Waters – The Future of Turkey in Europe” on Tuesday, November 18, 2014  at TOBB-ETÜ Sosyal Tesisler. The event took place within the framework of Hannes Swoboda’s Mercator-IPC Senior Fellowship and hosted Co-chair of the Turkey-EU Joint Parliamentary Commission Afif Demirkıran as a speaker.

 

Urban Citizenship in Turkey

The predominant perception of citizenship in Turkey strongly emphasizes the individual’s responsibilities towards the state. Furthermore, citizenship is traditionally framed by ethnic as well as cultural and religious categories. The social movement that found its source in the Gezi protests of the summer of 2013 puts this understanding of citizenship into question and highlights the importance of equal and active citizenship. Elaborating on the recent debate, the event aimed to explore the potentials of the concept of urban citizenship for Turkey.

The Eastern Mediterranean and EU-Turkey Relations: Opening a New Chapter

Istanbul Policy Center and the Istituto Affari Internazionali organized a webinar on the Eastern Mediterranean and EU-Turkey Relations: Opening a New Chapter on March 11. This meeting was a part of the Understanding Complexity and Capacity for Resilience in Turkey series organized by the Istanbul Policy Center-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative.

The Welcoming of the 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows

The Welcoming of the 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows was held on October 19 at The Seed. The event began with welcoming remarks by Yusuf Leblebici, followed by remarks from Fuat Keyman and Michael Schwarz. The event continued with a speech by Mercator-IPC Visiting Senior Fellow Pankaj Mishra and a Q&A section moderated by Senior Scholar Senem Aydın-Düzgit. The speech was followed by a movie screening that introduced the 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows Ahmet Atıl Aşıcı, David Samuel Williams, Elena Dück, Jan Schierkolk, Karolína Augustová, Michael Kaeding, and Özge Geyik. 

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Please click here to watch the speech by Mercator-IPC Visiting Senior Fellow Pankaj Mishra and a Q&A section moderated by Senior Fellow Senem Aydın-Düzgit.

Infectious Diseases in the Global Era: From the Discovery of Vaccines to the Concept of “One Health

Istanbul Policy Center organized the conference on “Infectious Diseases in the Global Era: From the Discovery of Vaccines to the Concept of “One Health” (Küreselleşme Döneminde Enfeksiyon Hastalıkları: Aşıların Keşfinden “Tek Sağlık” Kavramına)” with the participation of Selim Badur on March 3 at IPC Karaköy. The conference was moderated by Director Fuat Keyman.

Turkey, Russia, and the West: Historical Perspectives, Current Dynamics, and Future Prospects

Istanbul Policy Center and the Economic Development Foundation organized the conference “Turkey, Russia, and the West: Historical Perspectives, Current Dynamics, and Future Prospects” on February 21, 2020 at IPC Karaköy.

The Crisis of Democratic Governance in Turkey and the World

IPC organized the panel “The Crisis of Democratic Governance in Turkey and the World (Türkiye'de ve Dünyada Demokratik Yönetişim Krizi)” on November 8, 2019 at IPC Karaköy to introduce three new books: Age of Discontent: Essays on Violence, Politics and Belonging by Evren Balta, Democracies Divided: The Global Challenge of Political Polarization, which was edited by Andrew O’Donohue and Thomas Carothers and includes a section by Senem Aydın-Düzgit, and Kurdish Issue: Local Dynamics and Conflict Resolution by Fuat Keyman and Ayşe Köse Badur.

GTE V: Turkey-EU Relations in a Changing Era? Domestic Dynamics and International Constraints

As part of Global Turkey in Europe V, IAI, IPC, and Stiftung Mercator convened the roundtable discussion on “Turkey-EU Relations in a Changing Era? Domestic Dynamics and International Constraints” on November 6, 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.

The Welcoming of the 2019/20 Mercator-IPC Fellows

The Welcoming of the 2019/20 Mercator-IPC Fellows was held on October 21, 2019 at Soho Istanbul.  The event began with welcoming remarks by Fuat Keyman, followed by remarks from Michael Schwarz, Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Aslı Aydıntaşbaş, Atila Eralp, and Michael Thumann. The welcoming remarks were followed by a movie screening that introduced the 2019/20 Mercator-IPC Fellows Akgün İlhan, Andrea Weiss, Ellen Kollender, Gökçe Uysal, and Sinan Erensü.

EU-Turkey Relations: State of Play and Future Perspectives

The Initiative organized the meeting “EU-Turkey Relations: State of Play and Future Perspectives” on October 15, 2019 at the German Embassy in Ankara with the participation of Fuat Keyman, Visiting Senior Fellow Wolfgang Wessels, and German Ambassador to Turkey Martin Erdmann.

City-Region: New Dynamics in Local Governance

Director Fuat Keyman and Local Democracy and Governance Project Coordinator Ayşe Köse Badur presented their report City-Region: New Dynamics in Local Governance (Kent-Bölge: Yerel Yönetimde Yeni Dinamikler) on September 4, 2019 in Izmir. In the meeting, moderated by Ayşe Köse Badur, Fuat Keyman, General Manager of KONDA Bekir Ağırdır, and Koray Velibeyoğlu from Izmir High Technology Institute discussed the report and the city of Izmir.

EU and Turkey in the Wake of Elections: Challenges and Opportunities

The Initiative, The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV), and Economic Development Foundation (İKV) organized the panel “EU and Turkey in the Wake of Elections: Challenges and Opportunities” with the participation of Director Fuat Keyman, Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, and 2018/19 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Atila Eralp on July 4, 2019 in Ankara.

Local Dynamics in Local Governance – From the Cities of Turkey to a Turkey of Cities

IPC, TÜRKONFED, ÇUKUROVASİFED, and MESİAD organized the launch of the report Local Dynamics in Local Governance – From the Cities of Turkey to a Turkey of Cities (Yerel Yönetimde Yerel Dinamikler – Türkiye'nin Kentlerinden Kentlerin Türkiye'sine) on May 10, 2019 at Mersin Divan Hotel.

Populist Tendencies and Turkish Immigrants in Germany

The Initiative organized the panel titled “Populist Tendencies and Turkish Immigrants in Germany” with 2018/19 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Özcan Mutlu and Director Fuat Keyman on April 16, 2019 at Cezayir Restaurant.

Turkey, Britain and Europe in Global Turmoil: Historical Representations and Contemporary Repercussions

The Initiative and the University of Cambridge organized the roundtable discussion “Turkey, Britain and Europe in Global Turmoil: Historical Representations and Contemporary Repercussions” with the participation of Director Fuat Keyman, Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, and 2018/19 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Atila Eralp on April 5, 2019 at the University of Cambridge.

Britain, Turkey and the EU: Mapping the Future of Differentiated Integration

The Initiative, Centre for European Reform, and Economic Development Foundation (İKV) organized the conference “Britain, Turkey and the EU: Mapping the Future of Differentiated Integration” on April 4, 2019 at the Centre for European Reform in London.

Istanbul Perspectives 5 – “Hong Kong – Istanbul: Personalizing the City”

The fifth meeting in the Istanbul Perspectives Talks series took place with academic and writer Asuman Suner’s talk on “Hong Kong – Istanbul: Personalizing the City (Hong Kong – İstanbul: Şehri Şahsileştirmek)” Director Fuat Keyman gave the opening speech at the event on February 21, 2019 at IPC Karaköy.

Turkey and the West

The Initiative and the Brookings Institution organized the roundtable discussion “Turkey and the West” with Director Fuat Keyman, Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Atila Eralp, Brookings Institution Doha Center Nonresident Fellow Galip Dalay, and 2015/16 Mercator-IPC Fellow İlke Toygür on January 14, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Turkey's Refugee Dilemma and Foreign Policy Amidst Regional Turmoil

The Initiative and the Center for American Progress organized the roundtable discussion “Turkey’s Refugee Dilemma and Foreign Policy Amidst Regional Turmoil” with Director Fuat Keyman, Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Alan Makovsky, and Brookings Institution Doha Center Nonresident Fellow Galip Dalay on January 10, 2019 at Center for American Progress, Washington, DC.

Human Rights and Ill Treatment in the 21st Century

IPC and the Küyerel Global and Local Thought Institution organized the conference “Human Rights and Ill Treatment in the 21st Century,” which took place at Taksim Divan Hotel on November 24, 2018.

Neoliberalism, State, Global Crisis

IPC organized the conference “Neoliberalism, State, Global Crisis” in the honor of Galip Yalman at IPC Karaköy on November 23, 2018.

European Parliament – IPC Visit

IPC and the Economic Development Foundation (IKV) hosted parliamentary consultants from the European Parliament to discuss contemporary Turkish politics, Turkey’s foreign policy, and EU-Turkey Relations on October 31, 2018 at IPC Karaköy.

EU-Turkey Relations in a Turbulent World – Cooperation or Conflict?

The joint panel discussion “EU-Turkey Relations in a Turbulent World – Cooperation or Conflict?”, convened by the Initiative, Asociacion Nuestra Europa, and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, took place on October 18, 2018 at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

EU-Turkey Relations in Times of Global and Regional Turmoil

The roundtable discussion “EU-Turkey Relations in Times of Global and Regional Turmoil,” convened by the Initiative and Elcano Royal Institute, took place on October 18, 2018 at Elcano Royal Institute. IPC and Elcano Royal Institute signed an agreement to foster cooperation between the two institutions

Welcoming of the 2018/19 Mercator-IPC Fellows

The Welcoming of the 2018/19 Mercator-IPC Fellows was held on October 8, 2018 at Salon IKSV.  The event marked the seventh cycle of the Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program of the IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative.

The event began with welcoming remarks by Director Fuat Keyman, followed by remarks from the Chairman of the Advisory Board at Stiftung Mercator, Rüdiger Frohn. The welcoming remarks were followed by a movie screening that introduced 2018/19 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellows Atila Eralp and Özcan Mutlu and the 2018/19 Mercator-IPC Fellows Annegret Warth, Cem İskender Aydın, Ender Peker, Jannes Tessmann, Joanna Krzeminska, Maissam Nimer, and Yohanan Benhaim.

Istanbul: Living with Difference in a Global City

A book launch event for IPC Director Fuat Keyman’s edited volume Istanbul: Living with Difference in a Global City, co-edited with Nora Fisher Onar and Susan C. Pearce, took place at IPC, Minerva Han, on Thursday, June 21, 2018.

Mercator-IPC Alumni Retreat 2018

The third Mercator-IPC Alumni Retreat took place on May 18-20, 2018 at Village Park Polonezköy. The event started with a Welcoming Speech by Fuat Keyman, followed by an Inspiring Speech by Dilek Ertükel from the Checks and Balances Network. The retreat included a “Critical Thinking” workshop by Leilani van Rheenen, a “Theatre in Social Research” workshop by Pieter Verstraete, a “Non-Violent Communication” workshop by Burak Ülman, and a coffee talk by Tonguç Çoban on the “Turkey Barometer.”

Dialogue and Sustainable Conflict Resolution in the Kurdish Question and Polarization in Turkey

The press conference of the Dialogue and Sustainable Conflict Resolution in the Kurdish Question and Polarization in Turkey Project, where Director Fuat Keyman and Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Scholar and Project Manager Pınar Akpınar launched the final report, took place at Vault Karaköy – The House Hotel on May 11, 2018.

EU-Turkey Relations in Times of Global and Regional Turmoil

The joint panel discussion “EU-Turkey Relations in Times of Global and Regional Turmoil,” convened by the Initiative, the Centre for Turkey and European Studies (CETEUS), University of Cologne, and Stiftung Mercator, took place on April 19, 2018 at the University of Cologne.

Istanbul: Living with Difference in a Global City

A book launch event for Director Fuat Keyman’s edited volume Istanbul: Living with Difference in a Global City, co-edited with Nora Fisher Onar and Susan C. Pearce, took place at University of California, Berkeley, on April 5, 2018.     

Turkey-EU Summit: The Aftermath

The panel “Turkey-EU Summit: The Aftermath (Türkiye-AB Zirvesi'nin Ardından),” convened by the Initiative, in partnership with the Economic Development Foundation, took place on March 27, 2018 at The Vault, House Hotel, Karaköy, and brought together prominent scholars on Turkey-EU relations to discuss the aftermath of the Turkey-EU summit and its immediate implications.

Challenges and Promises of Diversity: Refugee Policies and Citizenship Politics

A public forum titled “Challenges and Promises of Diversity: Refugee Policies and Citizenship Politics (Çeşitlilik Mücadeleleri ve Vaatleri: Mülteci ve Vatandaşlık Politikaları)” was convened at Mercator Centre Berlin on March 16, 2018. The forum brought together academics and civil society groups interested in issues around fostering diversity and pluralism and opening up communities to newcomers.

Track II Diplomacy Working Group II

Under the scope of the project “Revitalizing Turkey-EU/Germany Relations” funded by the IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative, the second meeting of the Track II diplomacy working group took place in Mercator Centre Berlin on January 12, 2018, with the participation of Director Fuat Keyman, Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, 2017/18 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Atila Eralp, and Sabancı University Faculty Member Meltem Müftüler-Baç.

Revitalizing Turkey-EU Relations in Regional and Global Turmoil

The Initiative, in cooperation with Blickwechsel, convened a panel discussion on “Revitalizing Turkey-EU Relations in Regional and Global Turmoil” on January 11, 2018 at Humboldt University, Berlin, with the participation of Director Fuat Keyman, 2017/18 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Atila Eralp, Senior Scholar and Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator Senem Aydın-Düzgit, and Head of the ECFR Berlin Office Josef Janning as panelists and Humboldt University Faculty Member Ertuğ Tombuş as chair.

Turkey and the EU in the Emerging New Middle East

2017/18 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Atila Eralp convened a panel on “Turkey and the EU in the emerging new Middle East” in cooperation with Sciences Po on December 14, 2017 at Science Po, Paris. The panel, which was chaired by Riva Kastoryano, Senior Research Fellow at CNRS, hosted Fuat Keyman, Director of Istanbul Policy Center and Professor of International Relations at Sabancı University, and Galip Dalay, Research Director at Al Sharq Forum and Senior Associate Fellow on Turkey and Kurdish Affairs at Al Jazeera Center for Studies, as panelists.

Turkey-EU: The Customs Union Agreement

The Initiative organized a roundtable discussion in cooperation with CEPS Brussels on “Turkey-EU: The Customs Union Agreement” where a draft report on the issue was discussed with academics, think tank representatives, and policy makers on November 24, 2017 in Brussels.

Welcoming of the 2017/18 Mercator-IPC Fellows

The Welcoming of the 2017/18 Mercator-IPC Fellows was held on October 16.  The event marked the 6th cycle of the Mercator-IPC Fellowship Program, which is coordinated by the Istanbul Policy Center, Sabancı University and Stiftung Mercator Initiative.

The event began with welcoming remarks by IPC Director Fuat Keyman, followed by remarks from the Chairman of the Advisory Board at Stiftung Mercator, Rüdiger Frohn. The welcoming remarks were followed by a movie screening  which introduced the 2017/18 Mercator-IPC Fellows Gabriele Cloeters, Souad Osseiran, Simon Waldman, Banu Karaca, Pınar Ertör Akyazı and Barış Karapınar.

The Role of Art and Sports in Overcoming Polarization

IPC Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Project Manager Pınar Akpınar and Project Officer Efe Doğuş Selvi convened the workshop titled “The Role of Art and Sports in Overcoming Polarization” on October 5, 2017 at IPC Karaköy. The workshop began with a welcoming speech from Director Fuat Keyman and was moderated by IPC Researcher Altay Atlı.

Polarization is one of the biggest obstacles for the stability and development of Turkey. The lack of dialogue and reconciliation negatively affects the potential for resolution of problems. Art and sports projects have the potential to positively influence conflict resolution and dialogue processes. The workshop on ‘The Role of Art and Sports in Overcoming Polarization’ brought together experts from arts, sports, bureaucracy, politics, academia, civil society and media circles who have previous experience in such projects. It aimed at finding solutions as to how art and sports can be used more efficiently for overcoming polarization. Designed in an interactive format, the workshop intended to present concrete policy advice to stakeholders by bringing together experts from relative fields.

ActHuman Social Inclusion Initiative Conference

The first conference of the ActHuman Social Inclusion Initiative, initiated by the contributions of İNGEV, IPC and the Syrian Economic Forum, took place at Salt Galata on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Around 180 guests attended the conference which was titled “Improving the Employment and Economic Contribution of Companies Founded by Syrians in Turkey".

Prospects for Syria

2017 Mercator-IPC Visiting Senior Fellow and Senior Fellow at Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut Yezid Sayigh convened two talks on “Prospects for Syria” on June 13, 2017 at TOBB ETU in cooperation with ORSAM and on June 16 at Vault Karaköy, Istanbul.

What Happens after Finding Refuge? Integration of Syrian Refugees in Germany and Turkey: Challenges and Prospects

The Initiative, IAI, and Foundation for European Progressive Studies co-organized the seminar “What Happens after Finding Refuge? Integration of Syrian Refugees in Germany and Turkey: Challenges and Prospects” on May 8, 2017 at Mercator Centre in Berlin.

Trends in Turkish Civil Society: Turkey 2023 Task Force

IPC, CAP, and IAI co-organized the “Trends in Turkish Civil Society: Turkey 2023 Task Force” meeting as part of the Turkey 2023: A Trilateral Task Force Initiative. The meeting was held on May 2, 2017 at IPC.

The Sakıp Sabancı International Research Awards 2017

In honor of the late Sakıp Sabancı, Honorary Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sabancı University, the Sakıp Sabancı International Research Awards are presented each year in the field of social sciences. Last year’s jury prize on “Europeans with Legacies from Turkey in Everyday Life” has been awarded to Nermin Abadan-Unat for her outstanding work on emigration from Turkey on April 10, 2017.

IKV-IPC Roundtable on Turkey-EU Relations

In coordination with the Economic Development Foundation (IKV), IPC organized the “IKV-IPC Roundtable on Turkey-EU Relations” on March 17, 2017 at the Brussels Representative of IKV.
 

Inclusive Growth and Political Consensus after July 15th Workshop

IPC Project Manager of Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Pınar Akpınar convened the workshop titled “Inclusive Growth and Political Consensus after July 15th” on March 3, 2017 at Diyarbakır.

Cevdet Yılmaz, Minister of Development from 2011 to 2015 and the current Deputy Head of Publicity & Media of AKP and IPC Director Fuat Keyman gave the keynote speeches. The workshop was based on activities, which were coordinated by Pınar Akpınar. IPC Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Coordinator Bülent Aras, and IPC Researchers Derya Berk, Altay Atlı, and Ayşe Köse were participants at the workshop.

The workshop was organized as part of the ‘Post-Coup Opportunities on Conflict Resolution and Democracy’ project, managed by Pınar Akpınar, which aims to identify what can be done to harness post-coup dynamics to help address the Kurdish issue and polarization in Turkey; and, influence policy-makers to adopt those recommendations. The project provides a platform to increase awareness and enhance dialogue through conflict identification, analysis and resolution by conducting field research, organizing workshops, analysing data, promoting discussion, and disseminating information.

Reading John Stuart Mill in Istanbul: A Conversation with Timothy Garton Ash

The Initiative and the Hrant Dink Foundation/Asulis Discourse, Dialogue, Democracy Laboratory convened the panel “Reading John Stuart Mill in Istanbul: A Conversation with Timothy Garton Ash” on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at IPC. The panel was moderated by Fuat Keyman, Director of Istanbul Policy Center and Professor of International Relations at Sabancı University. Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies at University of Oxford and the author of Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World; Ayşe Kadıoğlu, Professor of Political Science at Sabancı University; Yaman Akdeniz, Professor of Law at Istanbul Bilgi University; and Zeynep Arslan, Project Coordinator at Hrant Dink Foundation, participated as speakers.

Polarization, Consensus and Democracy After July 15th

IPC Project Manager of Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Pınar Akpınar and Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Researcher Derya Berk convened the workshop titled “Polarization, Consensus and Democracy After July 15th” on January 17, 2017 at IPC Karaköy.

Turkey has been experiencing an increased level of polarization in recent years. The 15 July 2016 coup attempt has left Turkey in a state of further uncertainty and deepened existing social and political dichotomies within the country. ‘Polarization, Consensus and Democracy after July 15th Workshop’ identified and analyzed the key conflicts that challenge the consolidation of Turkish democracy in the course of the post-coup period and offer possible solutions in order to contain polarization and foster inclusive democracy. A positive consequence of the coup attempt has been the emergence of a broad public consensus among different factions of the society on civilian rule as an undisputed norm. The workshop also explored opportunities vis-à-vis the sustainability of this rare atmosphere of unity by promoting dialogue. Designed in an interactive format, the workshop brought together scholars and experts from diverse backgrounds and come up with solid policy recommendations for key stakeholders.

Changing the Global Security Agenda and Turkey

Director Fuat Keyman gave a speech titled "Changing the Global Security Agenda and Turkey (Küresel Güvenliğin Değişen Gündemi ve Türkiye)" in Uluslararası İlişkiler Konseyi XI Güvenlik Akademisi on December 17, 2016.

Kurdish Question and Democracy after July 15th

IPC organized the workshop titled “Kurdish Question and Democracy after July 15th” as part of the Post-Coup Opportunities on Conflict Resolution and Democracy Project on December 2, 2016 in Ankara. Director Fuat Keyman gave the opening speech, while Senior Scholar & Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Coordinator, Bülent Aras, and Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream Scholar, Pınar Akpınar, were moderators.

The EU-Turkey Deal and Its Implications for the Asylum Capacities of EU Border Countries

IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative and IAI co-organized the seminar titled “The EU-Turkey Deal and Its Implication for Border Countries” on November 3-4, 2016 in Athens as part of the Global Turkey in Europe project in partnership with the Mercator European Dialogue (MED).

Cosmopolitan Democracy Revisited in a World of Rising Populism, Deepening Polarization and Rampant Neoliberalism

2015/16 Mercator-IPC Fellow Hande Paker convened a conference titled “Cosmopolitan Democracy Revisited in a World of Rising Populism, Deepening Polarization and Rampant Neoliberalism” on October 24-25, 2016 at IPC.

Turkey-EU Relations in the Post-July 15 Era: A Needed Cooperation and Collaboration

IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative convened the panel titled “Turkey-EU Relations in the Post-July 15 Era: A Needed Cooperation and Collaboration” on October 10, 2016 at The Seed, Sakıp Sabancı Museum. The panel, which was moderated by Senem Aydın-Düzgit, Research & Academic Affairs Coordinator and Faculty Member at Sabancı University, hosted Fuat Keyman, Director, and Mercator-IPC Senior Fellows Ruprecht Polenz, Nilüfer Göle, and Gerald Knaus as speakers.

Welcoming of the 2016/17 Mercator-IPC Fellows

The Welcoming of the 2016/17 Mercator-IPC Fellows was held on October 10 at the Seed, Sakıp Sabancı Museum. The extension of the Istanbul Policy Center-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative until 2021 was also announced during the event.

The event began with the welcoming remarks by IPC Director Fuat Keyman and followed by remarks from the Chairman of the Advisory Board at Stiftung Mercator, Rüdiger Frohn. An alumni movie, which exhibited former Mercator-IPC Fellows and their projects, was screened after the welcoming remarks. The 2016/17 Mercator-IPC Fellows were introduced to the audience through another movie screening. The movie presented the 2016/17 Mercator-IPC Fellows Kristen Biehl, Wiebke Hohberger, Magdalena Kirchner, Emre Üçkardeşler, Tuğba Ağaçayak, and Sarah Louise Nash and their projects. After the event ended, the distinguished guests enjoyed a meet and greet open buffet dinner.

Neoliberal Globalization and Populist Tendencies: Turkey in the Global Context

IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative convened a panel titled “Neoliberal Globalization and Populist Tendencies: Turkey in the Global Context (Neoliberal Küreselleşme ve Popülist Eğilimler: Küresel Bağlamda Türkiye)” with 2015/16 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Çağlar Keyder and Director Fuat Keyman on June 9, 2016 at Cezayir Restaurant, Istanbul.

Three Facets of Rising Populism: Cases from Turkey, Europe, and the United States

In collaboration with IPC and the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation (BST), a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, an event titled “Three Facets of Rising Populism: Cases from Turkey, Europe, and the United States (Yükselen Popülizmin Üç Ayağı: Türkiye, Avrupa ve Amerika Birleşik Devletlerinden Vakalar)” was held on June 7, 2016.

Rising Powers and Peacebuilding: Innovative Approaches to Preventing Conflict and Sustaining Peace

On May 23, 2016, Istanbul Policy Center (IPC), in cooperation with American University and Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), organized a one-day event in Istanbul entitled “Rising Powers and Peacebuilding: Innovative Approaches to Preventing Conflict and Sustaining Peace.”

The full day workshop disseminated the findings from a two-year research project on “New Actors and Innovative Approaches to Peacebuilding,” co-chaired by American University’s School of International Service and NUPI, with the support from the Carnegie Corporation in New York and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The research was carried out by IPC from Turkey, the African Center for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) from South Africa, the United Services Institution (USI) from India, and Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Indonesia.

The event commenced with welcoming remarks by Fuat Keyman (IPC) and Charles T. Call (American University). Project partners presented their respective countries’ innovative approaches to peacebuilding, sustaining peace, and conflict prevention. They shed light on how rising powers differ from traditional donors through their increased use of humanitarian aid, development assistance, unconditional commitment of resources, national ownership, and inclusivity as key methods and principles in peacebuilding and conflict prevention. Distinguished representatives from host countries such as Afghanistan, Somali, Burundi, and South Sudan shared their views on the impact of rising powers/humanitarian interventions in their respective countries. High-level government officials from donor countries were also present to elaborate on the development strategies of their countries and their contributions to peacebuilding. The experts used case studies such as Somalia and Afghanistan to further illustrate how rising powers apply these concepts in conflict-affected countries.

Donor state perspectives were presented by high-level government officials and dignitaries– including Jayant Prasad, Director General of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis; Ambassador Olgan Bekar from the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Somalia; Ambassador Kani Torun, Member of the Turkish Grand National Assembly and Former Ambassador to Mogadishu; Homayra Ludin Etemadi, Political Secretary to H.E. Mr Hamid Karzai, Former President of Afghanistan; and Sébastien Ntahuga, Former Advisor to President Pierre Buyoya of Burundi on the Arusha Peace Process– as well as public intellectuals from both rising powers and the case-study countries.

The workshop finished with closing remarks by Sarah Cliffe, Director of the Center on International Cooperation at New York University.

Turkey in the Shadow of Two Regional / Global Crises

Director Fuat Keyman attended a seminar entitled “Turkey in the Shadow of Two Regional / Global Crises” at FENS G035 on February 24, 2016.

Towards the New Constitution: Development of Institutional Reform and Democracy Culture Report

The report launch Towards the New Constitution: Development of Institutional Reform and Democracy Culture (Yeni Anayasa'ya Doğru: Kurumsal Reform ve Demokrasi Kültürünün Gelişimi Raporu) was held on December 16, 2015 in Ankara.

Democratic Agendas

A roundtable discussion on “Democratic Agendas” took place at IPC on June 19-20, 2015. The event began with welcoming remarks by Fuat Keyman (IPC), Charles Taylor (McGill University), and Craig Calhoun (LSE). “The ‘Maidan’ Phenomenon” was discussed in the first session following introductory remarks by Nilüfer Göle (EHESS; Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow) and Pablo Ouziel (University of Victoria). The second session discussed “The Crowd in Politics” and was introduced by Dilip Gaonkar (Northwestern University) and Mukulika Banerjee (LSE). Christine Bernier (University of Montreal), Rajeev Bhargava (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies), Aube Billard (Institute for Human Sciences), and Shalini Randeria (Institute for Human Sciences) participated as discussants.

Turkey and the EU after the Election

The roundtable meeting on “Turkey and the EU after the Election” was held at Bruegel, Brussels on June 10, 2015.

Workshop on International Humanitarian NGOs and Emergency Aid

IPC organized a workshop on “International Humanitarian NGOs and Emergency Aid (Uluslararası İnsani Sivil Toplum Kuruluşları ve Acil Yardım Çalıştayı)” on March 6, 2015 at IPC Karakoy. 

Beyond Special Circumstances: Turkey and Global Climate Change Politics

The circumstances such as increasing investments in renewable energy sector and development of sectoral climate adaptation policies in many countries provide a unique opportunity to take action for sustainable development through the prism of climate change. In order to address these issues and prepare towards the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Marmara University Research Center for International Relations (MURCIR) and IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative organized a two-day event (conference-debate and scientific workshop) on climate change on April 16-17, 2015.

On April 16, the conference-debate brought together French and Turkish representatives from public authorities, private sector, financial sector, academia and civil society to discuss the topic “How to reconcile climate and development?” The conference was followed by a cocktail and an exhibition of photographs titled “60 Solutions for Climate Change” by acclaimed photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

On April 17, the Young Scholars Workshop titled “Beyond Special Circumstances: Turkey and Global Climate Change Politics” gathered junior and senior academics as well as presenters from government institutions, NGOs and think tanks from around the world to exchange broadly on various aspects of climate change. This workshop also hosted two high-level keynote speakers:

Prof. Hilal Elver, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food; Professor of Global Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, USA

Prof. Franck LeCocq, IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) AR5 WGIII Lead Author; Director of CIRED (International Center for Environment and Development), France

‘Game Not Over': Revisiting Turkey-EU Relations

IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative convened a lunch meeting titled "Game Not Over: Revisiting Turkey-EU Relations" with Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Hannes Swoboda and Béla Szombati, Chargé d’Affaires a.i of the EU Delegation to Turkey, on February 11, 2015 at Sheraton Ankara Hotel.  The meeting aimed to provide a platform to discuss challenges shared by Turkey and the EU and for experts to generate concrete policy recommendations and areas of further cooperation.

Turkey-EU Relations and Democracy

IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative organized a lecture by Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Hannes Swoboda at IPC Director Fuat Keyman’s class on “Current Issues in Turkish Politics” on February 10, 2015.

Mosques in Europe: Aesthetics of Faith and Intercultural Encounters in Public Space

IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative and the Young Islam Conference convened a panel discussion titled “Mosques in Europe: Aesthetics of Faith and Intercultural Encounters in Public Space” on November 28, 2014 at Palais am Festungsgraben, Marmorsaal in Berlin.

International Workshop on Public Policymaking in a Globalized World

IPC and Friedrich Naumann Stiftung co-organized an international workshop entitled “Public Policymaking in a Globalized World” on November 28-29, 2014 at Opera Hotel in Taksim, Istanbul.

Bridging Troubled Waters: The Future of Turkey in Europe

IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative, the Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies and the European Union and Global Research Association convened a panel discussion titled “Bridging Troubled Waters: The Future of Turkey in Europe” on November 18, 2014 at TOBB-ETÜ Sosyal Tesisler, Ankara. The event took place within the framework of Hannes Swoboda’s Mercator-IPC Senior Fellowship and hosted Co-chair of the Turkey-EU Joint Parliamentary Commission Afif Demirkıran as a speaker.

Beyond Chapters: The Future of Turkey in Europe

IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative, the Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies and the European Union and Global Research Association convened an expert roundtable titled “Beyond Chapters: The Future of Turkey in Europe” on November 18, 2014 at TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Ankara. The event took place within the framework of Hannes Swoboda’s Mercator-IPC Senior Fellowship. The expert roundtable, which was chaired by President of Middle East Strategic Research Center (ORSAM) Şaban Kardaş, hosted Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry for European Union Affairs of Turkey Burak Erdenir, President of the European Stability Initiative, and Deputy Director of the Ifo Center for International Economics Erdal Yalçın as speakers and Director of Istanbul Policy Center Fuat Keyman as a discussant.

Welcoming of the 2014/15 Mercator-IPC Fellows

The partners of the Istanbul Policy Center-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative held a welcoming event on October 20, 2014 at Feriye Restaurant, Istanbul. The fellowship program is a five-year strategic partnership between Sabancı University and Stiftung Mercator. The program aims to strengthen academic, political, and social ties between Turkey and Germany, as well as between Turkey and Europe by facilitating excellent scientific research and hands-on policy work.

Istanbul Transatlantic Trends 2014 Launch

IPC and the German Marshall Fund of the United States co-organized a public debate to discuss the results of Transatlantic Trends 2014 on September 15, 2014.

Why Nations Conflict: The Example of Turkey and Greece, Öteki Kasaba (2013)

The Cinema - Politics Meeting on “Why Nations Conflict: The Example of Turkey and Greece, Öteki Kasaba (2013) (Uluslar Neden Çatışır: Türkiye Yunanistan Örneği, Öteki Kasaba (2013))” was held on 6 May 2014 at IPC Karakoy.

Faith and Aesthetics in Public Space: Places of Worship Amid Tradition and Power

IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative convened a panel discussion titled "Faith and Aesthetics in Public Space: Places of Worship Amid Tradition and Power" with Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Nilüfer Göle on April 21, 2014 at IPC. Renowned academics Dücane Cündioğlu, Selçuk Mülayim and Suphi Saatçi participated as panelists.

Arab Spring in Perspective: Implications for Europe

IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative convened a lecture titled "Arab Spring in Perspective: Implications for Europe" with Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Ruprecht Polenz on March 19, 2014 at Sabancı University.

The lecture took place in the framework of “Current Issues in Turkish Politics” course by Director Fuat Keyman.

Local Elections and Clientelism in Turkey

IPC organized a conference on "Local Elections and Clientelism in Turkey" on March 14, 2014 at IPC Karakoy.

Urban Citizenship in Turkey

IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative convened a panel discussion titled “Urban Citizenship in Turkey” with Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Nilüfer Göle and Director Fuat Keyman on March 4, 2014 at Cezayir Restaurant, Istanbul. Ayşe Kadıoğlu was the moderator of the discussion.

The predominant perception of citizenship in Turkey strongly emphasizes the individual’s responsibilities towards the state. Furthermore, citizenship is traditionally framed by ethnic as well as cultural and religious categories. The social movement that found its source in the Gezi protests of the summer of 2013 puts this understanding of citizenship into question and highlights the importance of equal and active citizenship. Elaborating on the recent debate, the event aimed to explore the potentials of the concept of urban citizenship for Turkey.

Welcoming of the 2013/14 Mercator-IPC Fellows

Welcoming of the 2013/14 Mercator-IPC Fellows took place on October 7, 2013 at Cezayir Restaurant. Welcoming remarks were given by IPC Director Fuat Keyman and Stiftung Mercator President Bernhard Lorentz. 

In the panel organized under the framework of welcoming event; IPC Executive Board Member and Brookings Institute Vice President Kemal Derviş, École des hautes études en sciences sociales Professor and Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Nilüfer Göle, 2013/14 Mercator-IPC Fellow Kerem Öktem, Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow and Former Member of the German Parliament Ruprecht Polenz and IPC Director Fuat Keyman had a discussion titled “Turkey in Europe: Living Together and Democratization.”

The Future of the Liberal Order

IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative and Transatlantic Academy co-organized a full-day event titled "IPC Observatory: The Future of the Liberal Order" on May 23, 2013 at the Seed, Istanbul.

We are Losing Our Planet: We Must Not Accept This

Istanbul Manifesto to Fight Climate Change titled “We are losing our planet: We must not accept this” was declared during an event convened by Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Ömer Madra on March 23, 2013 at IPC. 

More than 130 representatives from politics and civil society gathered at Istanbul Policy Center to express their support for the initiative. A number of representatives gave short speeches stating the reasons why for them and their institution climate change poses an imminent threat. The diversity of the institutions and organizations, such as environmental groups, religious and political institutions, human rights organizations and the arts highlighted that all segments of society have to jointly fight climate change together.

The Arab Spring in Perspective: Implications for Europe and Turkey

IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative convened a panel titled "The Arab Spring in Perspective: Implications for Europe and Turkey" with Mercator-IPC Senior FellowRuprecht Polenz on March 17, 2014 at IPC. Ruprecht Polenz, former member of the German Parliament and chair of its Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Mesut Özcan, Chairman of the Center for Strategic Research (SAM) participated as speakers and Director Fuat Keyman moderated the talk.

Turkey's Peace-Building Activities

IPC and the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs co-organized "Turkey's Peace-Building Activities" workshop on February 15, 2013 at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ankara. 

Turkey's Role in the Future Architecture of the European Union

IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative convened a meeting titled “Turkey’s Role in the Future Architecture of the European Union” with 2012/13 Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Cem Özdemir on February 8, 2013 at Cezayir Restaurant.

20 Years After Mölln and Solingen – Hate Crimes and their Impact on German-Turkish Relations Today

IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative convened a panel discussion titled “ 20 Years After Mölln and Solingen – Hate Crimes and their Impact on German-Turkish Relations Today” with Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Cem Özdemir and IPC Director Fuat Keyman on February 7, 2013 at IPC. 

The Earth is Sounding the Alarm: Why Doesn't Anyone Listen? Strategies to Raise Awareness of Climate Change in Turkey

IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative convened a meeting with 2012/13 Mercator-IPC Fellow Ömer Madra. Ömer Madra, chair of the workshop, gave a keynote speech titled “The Earth is Sounding the Alarm: Why Doesn’t Anyone Listen? Strategies to Raise Awareness of Climate Change in Turkey” on , January 29, 2013 at IPC.

Croatian and Turkish EU-Accession in Perspective

Istanbul Policy Center (IPC), the European Stability Initiative, and ERSTE Stiftung organized a film screening Twilight of Heroes – Croatia, Europe and the International Tribunal and subsequent panel discussion entitled "Croatian and Turkish EU-Accession in Perspective" on December 13, 2012.

The Trump Presidency and the Rise of Populism in the Global Context

İstanbul Politikalar Merkezi convened a panel titled "The Trump Presidency and the Rise of Populism in the Global Context" on December 6, 2012.

Environmental Governance International Conference

Senior Scholar Korel Göymen organized “Environmental Governance International Conference” in Istanbul on November 16-17, 2012. The discussions ranged from environmental governance at national and local levels to the role of regional and international organizations, as well as the involvement of NGOs in environmental governance. There were multiple panel discussions, enriched by keynote remarks from prominent members of Turkish and European civil society, government representatives, public officials, academics. 

Reporting on International Security and Terrorism Seminar

The Thomson Reuters Foundation Annual Global Security Seminar was held in Istanbul this year and organised in coordination with IPC. The seminar on “Reporting on International Security and Terrorism” was held from November 12-14 with the support of Stiftung Mercator, Gerda Henkel Stiftung and the Stanley Foundation.

1st Mercator-IPC Talk with Cem Özdemir

On October 17, 2012 the inaugural event of the Mercator-IPC Talks series took place in Cezayir Restaurant, Istanbul. Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Cem Özdemir gave a keynote speech entitled “Going Green – Opportunities for Sustainable Economic Growth in Turkey”.

Welcoming Event for the 2012/13 Mercator – IPC Fellows

On September 25, 2012 the welcoming event for the first Mercator-IPC Fellows took place in Istanbul. The event opened with the warm welcoming remarks of Nihat Berker, President of Sabanci University, Bernhard Lorentz, President of Stifung Mercator, and Fuat Keyman, IPC Director. Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow Cem Özdemir, Co-Chairman of the German green party “Alliance 90/The Greens”, gave a keynote speech entitled “Europe at the Crossroads: Why Turkey Matters”. Subsequently, the 2012/13 Mercator – IPC Fellows were introduced through short video clips.

The ensuing panel discussion, entitled “A Silver Lining: German – Turkish Cooperation in Turbulent Times,” offered an intellectually stimulating debate between Kemal Dervis, Member of the IPC Executive Board and Vice President of the Brookings Institution, Ömer Madra, Mercator – IPC Senior Fellow and Co-Founder of Acik Radyo, Secil Pacaci Elitok, Mercator – IPC Fellow, and Ambassador Klaus Scharioth (ret.), Dean of the Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs and Member of the IPC’s International Advisory Council. The discussion was chaired by Ayse Kadioglu, Senior Scholar at IPC and Professor at Sabanci University.

Osman Ulagay: Türkiye Kime Kalacak? Başbakan'ın Yazdırdığı Kitap

IPC hosted a book launch on May 7, 2012 at its Karaköy headquarters for Türkiye Kime Kalacak? Başbakan’ın Yazdırdığı Kitap, written by Osman Ulagay. Senior Scholar Ayşe Kadıoğlu moderated the roundtable while Director Fuat Keyman commented on Ulagay’s work.

IPC – Sabancı University – Stiftung Mercator Initiative Inaugural Event

On February 1, 2012, after months of hard work and planning, the partnership between Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) and Stiftung Mercator officially kicked off with an intellectually stimulating discussion on “Policy Challenges for Turkey and the EU: A 2012 Perspective.” The event, at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum in Istanbul, highlighted the IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative, the heart of the partnership, which focuses on three core thematic areas of cooperation: climate change, EU/German-Turkish relations, and education.

The event opened with the warm welcoming remarks from Güler Sabancı, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sabancı University, who emphasized the importance of the Initiative for the future of Turkish-German relations. Nihat Berker, President of Sabancı University, spoke next, and stressed the significance of the German-Turkish youth exchange programs co-organized by Stiftung Mecator and Sabancı University. Fuat Keyman, Director of IPC, combined both sentiments in stating that “this partnership will be built on the subjects of living together, social policies, and climate change. We want to contribute to the NGOs especially on the subject of climate change, and provide scholarships for the young scholars who are immersed in the three core areas of the Initiative. We will hold comparative studies on climate change, renewable energy, and contemporary trends of the urban transformation in key German and Turkish cities.”

Experts Meeting on Contemporary Turkish Studies

A joint initiative by IPC and Stiftung Mercator, the “Experts Meeting on Contemporary Turkish Studies” was held in Essen on December 8-9, 2011. The purpose of the meeting was to come up with proposals about fostering contemporary Turkish studies in Germany. 

The International Conference on the Role of Think Tanks in Policy Formation

Senior Scholar Korel Göymen organized “The International Conference on the Role of Think Tanks in Policy Formation” in Istanbul on November 18-19, 2011. Director Fuat Keyman was a panelist on the landscape of think tanks in Turkey, while Senior Scholars Ersin Kalaycıoğlu and Ahmet Evin each facilitated a session throughout the event. The discussions ranged from good governance in Turkey to think tanks as the agents of change in complex societies. There were multiple panel discussions as well as lectures by prominent members of Turkish and European civil society. 

Modern Turkey Seminars: “Of Models and Beacons-Sweden, Turkey and the Middle East”

Istanbul Policy Center and Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University co-hosted a two-day roundtable meeting to assess the feasibility of a joint project on the democratization of the awakening Arab nations on November 2011. At the heart of the discussion was the possibility for the dissemination of the Turkish and Nordic experiences in good governance, sustainable economic policies, human and resource development in the Middle East and North Africa. 

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IPC, in coordination with Bruegel, organized a roundtable meeting on the Future of the Euro Zone, in September 16, 2011.

Faraway, So Close? Reaching Beyond the Pro/Contra Controversy on Turkey's EU Accession

The workshop titled “Faraway, So Close? Reaching beyond the Pro/Contra Controversy on Turkey’s EU Accession” was held at IPC in June 2-4, 2011. The two-day workshop co-organized by IPC and Freie Universitat, Berlin, started with an opening reception where Thomas Risse presented his new book: A Community of Europeans: Transnational Identities and the Public Sphere. Among the topics discussed were historical institutionalist and comparative approaches to Europeanization, norm diffusion or normativity and migration as well as the impact of the EU norms on migrant flows. 

Cengiz Aktar: The Ecumenical Patriarchate, A Historiographic, Political, Legal and Religious Analysis

IPC hosted the book launch for Tarihi, Siyasi, Dini ve Hukuki Açıdan Ekümenik Patrikhane (The Ecumenical Patriarchate, A Historiographic, Political, Legal and Religious Analysis), edited by Cengiz Aktar, Professor of Political Science at Bahçeşehir University. Aside from a wide array of propagandist accounts written on the Orthodox Patriarchate within Turkey, this account stands out in its objectivity and in its attempt to untangle the conceptual misunderstandings revolving around this issue. Fuat Keyman gave the opening speech, after which the attending guest Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and the Ecumenical Patriarch gave a short speech. In the following panel chaired by Cengiz Aktar, the contributing scholars and experts on the topic Elçin Macar, Paraskevas Konortas, Samim Akgönül, Kürşat Demirci, Emre Öktem and Cem Sofuğlu gave speeches about different aspects of the issue.

Europe Beyond the EU: The Geo-Economy of the Wider Continent

A joint initiative by IPC and the Aspen Institute, “Europe Beyond the EU: The Geo-Economy of the Wider Continent” was organized on March 4-5, 2011. The purpose of this conference was to shed light on Europe’s new economic governance framework and to provide a common Turkish-Italian approach. The conference underlined that redefining Europe’s borders, starting with Turkey, is a process increasingly influenced by economic relations as well as political developments. The important issues discussed delved into Europe’s liquid borders with special emphasis on northern Africa and the Middle East. Attending the meeting were Nihat Berker, President of Sabancı University; Fuat Keyman, Director of IPC and Ahmet Evin, IPC Senior Scholar.

Institutional Autonomy and Academic Freedom

Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) at Sabancı University and the Magna Charta Observatory organized a workshop on “Institutional Autonomy and Academic Freedom—Rationales, Challenges and Dilemmas.”