“1914-2014: The Trials and Tribulations of Turkish Foreign Policy”

The Department of International Relations at Kadir Has University in cooperation with the Center for International and European Studies (CIES) and the Middle East and Africa Research Center held a panel discussion titled “1914-2014: The Trials and Tribulations of Turkish Foreign Policy”  at Kadir Has University’s Fener Hall on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 at 13:00.

Almost a century has passed since the Ottoman Empire entered the First World War on 28 October 1914 by bombing Russia’s Black Sea ports. The decision in part was motivated by the front line status of the country and the need to preserve the empire. In the ensuing century, much has changed since the founding of the Turkish republic in 1923 yet much has remained the same with Turkey continuing to be a frontline state through its history. Today this situation remains the same with the proliferation of conflict zones around Turkey’s borders with Syria, Iraq and the Black Sea. As a result, Turkish foreign and security policy finds itself under strain to project a coherent plan of action to address the numerous challenges the country faces. This panel discussion with its distinguished speakers was meant to elucidate some of the dilemmas Turkey had faced historically in its foreign policy formulation and to debate the current developments.

The panelists included:

  • Serhat Güvenç, Professor of International Relations
  • Salih Bıçakcı, Associate Professor of International Relations
  • Soli Özel, Lecturer in International Relations and Columnist, Haber Turk
  • Aslı Aydıntaşbaş, Columnist, Milliyet
  • Mitat Çelikpala, Professor of International Relations (Moderator)