The IICRR together with the School of Law and Government, VOX-Pol and with support from the Irish Research Council will host a conference “Turkey and the Middle East Crisis: What’s the Price of Stability?” on Friday March 24th 2017 at Dublin City University’s Glasnevin Campus.
The war in Syria and Iraq and the dreadful humanitarian situation due to the influx of refugees from the broader Middle East are challenges that Turkey is facing today. The EU and other international powers promote political stability in the country because of their fear of a spillover of the crisis. This is done despite the recent growing authoritarian tendency of the Turkish government and the repression against civil society. While stability is needed for a country and a society to flourish, what is the price that the international community and Turkish society are willing to pay for it?
This one-day international seminar brings together experts and academics to reflect upon the most recent developments in Turkey’s domestic politics, examining issues from the increasing authoritarian tendency of the government to Kurdish nationalism, and in international and regional politics, ranging from the role of the EU and the EU-Turkey deal on migration to the geopolitics of the current crisis in the broader Middle East. Speakers and participants will reflect on the ethical and political challenge that bringing “stability” and “peace” to the Middle East generate, exploring the contested meaning of these two key-terms when considered from opposing perspectives.
The conference is fully booked but names can be added to the waiting list for places via this link.
9.30-10.00: Opening, Prof John Doyle, IICRR Director – Coffee and tea provided
10.00-12.00: The price of stability. Domestic Aspects
Chair: Dr Ken McDonagh, DCU
Shrinking space for dissent: Social movements and the securitization of the public sphere, Dr Halil Ibrahim Yenigun (EUME, Berlin)
Turkey and the challenge of Kurdish nationalism, Dr Latif Tas (SOAS, London)
Turkey: State re-configuration and political implications, Dr Paola Rivetti (DCU)
Lunch (provided) and video projection: The Syrian Spillover (2015)
13.30-15.30: Stabilizers and Destabilizers. Regional and International Aspects
Chair: Dr Gëzim Visoka, DCU
Opportunities and challenges of EU-Turkey relations, Mr James Rizzo (Political desk Turkey Unit, Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations – European Commission)
Migration, EU-Turkey relations and the effect on the broader Middle East, Dr Elisa Pascucci (Tampere University, Finland)
That thin line: Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran and the quest for regional hegemony, Dr Vincent Durac (University College of Dublin)
Mapping #Twitterkurds: An International Dimension?, Lisa McInerney and Seán Looney (VOX-Pol, DCU)
15.30-16.00: Concluding remarks, Dr Paola Rivetti, DCU – Coffee and tea provided