Inside, Outside: 10 Years of the Ak Parti Government Revisited


(spero di avere la possibilità di andarci e di parlarne diffusamente; spero possano farci un salto tutti quei colleghi – giornalisti e analisti politici – che sul tema hanno idee bizzarre)

31 maggio e 1° giugno, alla Şehir Üniversitesi di Istanbul (la lingua della conferenza è l’inglese)

31 May 2013, Friday

09.00-09.20 Opening Speeches
Ahmet Ademoğlu, Rector
Ümit Cizre, Center for Modern Turkish Studies

09.20-10.00 Keynote Address
Fawas A. Gerges, London School of Economics and Political Science
Wither the Arab Spring: Disentangling Myth from Reality?

10.00-10.15 Break

10.15-10.45 Plenary Speech
Yalçın Akdoğan, Member of Parliament, Chief Advisor to Prime Minister
Setting the Agenda for the Tenth Year of the AK Party
10.45-12.00 I. Session: The AK Party’s Political Identity and Leadership
Chair: Ümit Cizre, İstanbul Şehir University
Panelists:
Menderes Çınar, Başkent University
Identity Problems of the AKP in its Tenth Year
Ahmet T. Kuru, San Diego State University
The AK Party’s Conservative Democracy: Can It Be A Model for Arab Islamists?
Ertan Aydın, Advisor to Prime Minister
The Principles of the AK Party’s Politics and Erdoğan’s Leadership

12.00-12.15 Break

12.15-13.15 II. Session: The AK Party and the Politics of the Kurdish Question
Chair: Abdülhamit Kırmızı, İstanbul Şehir University
Panelists:
Mesut Yeğen, İstanbul Şehir University
Denial to Recognition, Warfare to Negotiation: The AK Party and the Kurdish Question
Ahmet Yıldız, Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) Research Service
Kurdish Islamists’ Conceptualisation of the so-called “Kurdish Question”: A Critical Appraisal

13.15-14.30 Break

14.30-16.00 III. Session: Politics of the Social and Economic Changes of the AK Party
Chair: Coşkun Çakır, İstanbul Şehir University
Panelists:
Erdal Tanas Karagöl, Yıldırım Beyazıt University The Political Economy of AK Party governments
Ferhat Kentel, İstanbul Şehir University
The AK Party between Revolution and Order
Murat Güvenç, İstanbul Şehir University
Emergence, Consolidation and Dismantling of Urban and Regional Landscapes in the Last Decade: an Overview
16.00-16.30

16.30-18.00 IV. Session: Identity Politics
Chair: Eda Ünlü Yücesoy, İstanbul Şehir University
Panelists:
Sultan Tepe, University of Illinois at Chicago
Escaping Polarization?
Yıldız Atasoy, Simon Fraser University
Politics Without Guarantees: The AKP Government and the Headscarf Ban in Turkey
Ayhan Aktar, İstanbul Bilgi University
AKP and Non-Muslims of Turkey: A Re-assessment

18.00-19.30 Break

19.30-21.30 Dinner and Address by Mohammed Ayoob, Michigan State University
The AK Party’s Foreign Policy: From the War on Terror to the Syrian Imbroglio

01 June 2013, Saturday

10.30-12.00 V. Session: Issues of Democracy and the AK Party
Chair: Engin Deniz Akarlı, İstanbul Şehir University
Panelists:
Ergun Özbudun, İstanbul Şehir University
Constitution-Making Process and the AKP
Quinn Mecham, Middlebury College
Electoral Processes and the Renegotiation of Power: The AKP Confronts the Turkish State
Ali Balcı, Sakarya University
Fighting over the Kurdish Regional Government: How Northern Iraq Turned into a Battlefield between the AKP and the Military

12.00-14.00 Break

14.00-15.30 VI. Session: Problematizing the Intellectual and Political Critiques of the AK Party
Chair: Yüksel Taşkın, Marmara University
Panelists:
Ümit Cizre, İstanbul Şehir University
The AK Party as Viewed through the Lenses of Birikim’s Socialism
Nuh Yılmaz, Marmara University
The Mutually Changing and Transforming Adventure of the AKP-Liberal Alliance
Burhanettin Duran, İstanbul Şehir University
From Securitization to Empowerment: Dilemmas of Islamic Intellectual Opposition to AK Party

15.30-16.00 Break

16.00-18.00 VII. Session: Turkish Foreign Policy during the AK Party Years: Change and Continuity
Chair: İlter Turan, Istanbul Bilgi University
Panelists:
Şaban Kardaş, TOBB – ETU University
Debating Turkish Foreign Policy under the AK Party: A Regional Power Facing an International System in Flux
Taha Özhan, SETA Foundation
Paradigm Shift: Foreign Policy during AK Party Rule
Philip Robins, Oxford University
‘What You Make of It’: The AKP, State Power and Foreign Policy Over a Decade
Talha Köse, İstanbul Şehir University
Turkey’s Non-Coercive Power in the MENA Region in Comparative Perspective
Hasan Kösebalaban, İstanbul Şehir University
Turkey and the New Middle East: Identity and Interests

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