ABKAD, İstanbul Politikalar Merkezi ve ORSAM işbirliği ile 18 Kasım 2014 tarihinde Ankara’da 19 Mart 2014 tarihinde Avrupa Parlamentosu eski üyesi Hannes Swobodo’nun katılımıyla  “Bridging Troubled Waters – The Future of Turkey in Europe” başlıklı bir panel düzenlenecektir.

ISTANBUL POLICY CENTER-SABANCI UNIVERSITY-STIFTUNG MERCATOR INITIATIVE, the CENTER FOR MIDDLE EASTERN STRATEGIC STUDIES and the EUROPEAN UNION AND GLOBAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATION
cordially invite you to the panel discussion

Bridging Troubled Waters – The Future of Turkey in Europe

Welcoming remarks
Tuğrul Arat
(TOBB University of Economics and Technology, European Union and Global Research Association)
and
Fuat Keyman
(Istanbul Policy Center)
Speakers
Hannes Swoboda
(Formerly European Parliament; Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow)
Afif Demirkıran
(Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Turkey-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee) 
Chair 
Şaban Kardaş


(Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies)

Date: November 18, 2014, 16.30-18.00
Venue: TOBB-ETÜ Sosyal Tesisler

Turkey and the EU share a series of common challenges that go beyond the scope of membership negotiations.  The implosion of the political order in the Middle East deeply affects national security interests in Turkey and the EU member states. The Syrian refugee crisis poses a massive challenge to Turkey that requires EU commitment. The economic crisis puts prosperity and social peace in Europe and Turkey at risk and calls for a political strategy that includes Turkey. Finally, the interlinkage of Turkish and European societies comes with a shared interest in democratization and the reappraisal of diversity and concepts of living together in Europe and Turkey.
The speakers will discuss ways to overcome the current stalemate in Turkey-EU relations and explore ways to tackle these challenges within and beyond Turkey’s accession to the Union. The event is organized within the framework of Hannes Swoboda’s Mercator-IPC Senior Fellowship and will be held in English with simultaneous translation. Please RSVP to Firuze Gökler from ORSAM (e-mail: firuzegokler@gmail.com) by November 14, 2014.

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