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Turkey: What next? An assessment in view of the upcoming general elections on June 7, 2015


Δευτέρα 25 Μαΐου 2015
6 μ.μ.- 8.45 μ.μ.
Συνεδριακό Κέντρο Τράπεζας Πειραιώς, Κατούνη 12-14, Θεσσαλονίκη

“Turkey: What next?
An assessment in view of the upcoming general elections on June 7, 2015″

Με επιτυχία και μεγάλη προσέλευση κόσμου πραγματοποιήθηκε στο Συνεδριακό Κέντρο της Τράπεζας Πειραιώς η ημερίδα που διοργανώθηκε από το Δίκτυο Ναυαρίνο και το Πανεπιστήμιο Kadir Has της Κωνσταντινούπολης. Το συμπέρασμα της ημερίδας ήταν ότι η δημοκρατία στην Τουρκία βρίσκεται σε κρίση λόγω του αυταρχισμού του Ταγίπ Ερντογάν. Σύμφωνα με τους ομιλητές, το κλειδί για το εκλογικό αποτέλεσμα της 7ης Ιουνίου θα είναι η εκλογική επίδοση του Κουρδικού κόμματος αφού αν καταφέρει να μπει στη βουλή θα κόψει έδρες από το AKP. Τέλος, υποστήριξαν πως η νέα τουρκική κυβέρνηση θα πρέπει να επανεκκινήσει την τουρκική εξωτερική πολιτική καθώς η Τουρκία δεν έχει σήμερα πρεσβευτές σε μια σειρά από χώρες όπως η Συρία, το Ιράκ, το Ισραήλ, η Αίγυπτος, η Αρμενία και, βέβαια, η Κύπρος.

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May 25, 2015
6 p.m.- 8.45 p.m.
Piraeus Convention Center, 12-14 Katouni St., Thessaloniki

The Navarino Network, in cooperation with the Kadir Has University (Istanbul), organised a one-day conference on:

“Turkey: What next?
An assessment in view of the upcoming general elections on June 7, 2015”

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BIO Sketches and photos


AkgulDr. Sinem Akgul Acikmese is an Associate Professor of International Relations. She joined the Department of International Relations at Kadir Has University in Istanbul/Turkey in 2011. She worked as an Assistant Professor of International Relations at TOBB-University of Economics and Technology between 2009 and 2011. She holds a BA in International Relations as well as an MA in European Studies-International Relations from Ankara University. She studied at the European Institute of London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) for her MSc degree in European Studies. She has completed her PhD in European Studies-International Relations at Ankara University. She was a Jean Monnet fellow at LSE (2001-2002), a Turkish Academy of Sciences Fellow (2002-2008), visiting PhD student at LSE (2005-2006), visiting scholar to IGCC-UCSD as a US Department of State Fellow (2007), Sasakawa Young Leaders fellow (2005-2007), and a Black Sea Young Reformers fellow (2010-2011). She has published extensively on Security Studies, European security, EU foreign and neighborhood policy, European integration and enlargement as well as Turkey-EU relations. She is the co-author of NATO-EU Relations: Dynamics of Cooperation and Conflict (2013); and co-editor of Turkey–EU Relations after half a Century (2013), and Regional In/Security: Redefining Threats and Responses(2007). Her selected publications are available at She is currently the associate editor of European Review of International Studies and was an associate editor of Uluslararası İlişkiler between 2009 and 2013. She has managed several international research and exchange projects, including the Black Sea Young Reformers Fellowship supported by Black Sea Trust and Robert Bosch Stiftung (2012-2013); and the European Union-FP7 Marie-Curie Action Inter-Continental Exchange of Leadership in Conflict Transformation. She has been the Secretary General of International Relations Council of Turkey since 2010. Dr. Açıkmeşe is currently serving as the Coordinator of the International Cooperation and Education Office at Kadir Has University.


AydinProf Dr Mustafa Aydın is the Rector of Kadir Has University (Istanbul) since February 2010, and the President of the International Relations Council of Turkey since 2004. He is also Governing Board Member of the OECD International Management of Higher Education Program and Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Professor Aydin previously worked at Ankara University (1994-2005) and Economy and Technology University (2005-2009); and was guest researcher/lecturer at Michigan (1998), Harvard (2002, Fulbright fellow), and Athens (2003, Onassis Fellow) universities, as well as Richardson Institute for Peace Studies (1999, Unesco Fellow) and the EU Institute for Security Studies (2003). He is a member of Global Relations Forum (GIF), International Studies Association (ISA), Turkish Atlantic Council, Turkish Political Sciences Association, International Network on Regional Security, and the European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS). He was member of Economy and Foreign Policy Study Group of the President of Turkey (2003-2009), Co-Coordinator of the International Commission on Black Sea (2010); and Director of International Policy Research Institute (2005-2011).

Prof. Aydın’s areas of interest are international politics, foreign policy analysis, Eurasian security and geopolitics, politics of the Black Sea and the Middle East, as well as Turkish foreign and security policies.


Dr. Mitat Çelikpala is Professor of International Relations at Kadir Has University, Istanbul where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Eurasian Security, energy and critical infrastructure security, Turkish Foreign Policy and the Caucasus politics, security and history, and supervises doctoral dissertations in these areas. His areas of expertise are the Caucasus, North Caucasian Diaspora, people and security in the Caucasus and Black Sea regions, Turkish-Russian relations, energy security and critical infrastructure protection. In addition to Kadir Has University, he lectured in Bilgi University, Turkish War College and Turkish National Security and Military academies on Turkish foreign policy, politics, history and security in the Caucasus and Central Asia and Turkish political structure and life. He served as an academic advisor to NATO’s Center of Excellence Defense against Terrorism in Ankara, especially on the critical infrastructure protection. He has several numbers of published academic articles and media coverage and analyses on above-mentioned areas.


Professor Serhat Güvenç received his BA and MA degrees from Marmara University and his PhD in Political Science and International Relations from Boğaziçi University.

He is currently a faculty member in the International Relations Department and Vice-Dean for Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences at Kadir Has University. Previously he held staff and faculty positions at Koç University (1993-2000) and Istanbul Bilgi University (2000-2010) and served as a visiting Assistant Professor of History at the University of Chicago in 2006.

His research and teaching interests include Turkish Foreign Policy, European Integration and Security, Diplomatic and Military History.

He has authored three books, Osmanlıların Drednot Düşleri (Iş Bankası Kültür Yayınlarıi 2009), Turkey in the Mediterranean during the Interwar Era (Indiana University Turkish Studies, 2010) (with Dilek Barlas) and NATO’da 60 Yıl: Türkiye’nin Transatlantik Güvenliğe Katkıları. (60 Years in NATO: Turkey’s Contributions to Transatlantic Security) (İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2013).  His articles have appeared in Middle Eastern Studies, International Journal of Naval History, Uluslararası İlişkiler, Exotierika Themata (Greek), Journal of Strategic Studies, GMF Mediterranean Papers, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, International Journal and Turkish Studies.

Professor Güvenç is a board member of the Foundation of Lausanne Treaty Emigrants.


Dimitris Keridis is an Associate Professor of International Politics at Panteion University of Athens.He is a senior fellow at the Konstantinos G. Karamanlis Foundation and the deputy director of the Institute of International Relations in Athens. Since 2002 he has been directing the annual Olympia Summer Academy in Politics and International Studies in Olympia, Greece ( and since 2009 the Navarino Network, a public policy think-tank in Thessaloniki ( He has served as a senior consultant at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as the Constantine Karamanlis Associate Professor in Hellenic and European Studies at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, as the director of the Kokkalis Foundation in Athens and of the Kokkalis Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and as a senior researcher at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, USA. His latest book in English is entitled: The Historical Dictionary of Modern Greece, London: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2009. Furthermore, he is the author of “The Foreign Policy of Turkey: The Emergence of a Regional Leader” (in McKercher, B.J.C., ed., Handbook of Diplomacy and Statecraft, New York, New York, Routledge, 2011) and the co-editor of The Future of Turkish Foreign Policy (Cambridge, Massachusetts, MIT University Press, 2003).


Associate Professor Dimitrios Triantaphyllou is the Director of the Center for International and European Studies (CIES) at Kadir Has University in Istanbul and the Chair of the Department of International Relations. He holds a BA in Political Science and History from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA and PhD in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He has previously served in various capacities in a number of research and academic institutions such as the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP); the EU Institute for Security Studies; the London School of Economics; the University of the Aegean; and the International Center for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS). He also served as an advisor at the Hellenic Ministry for Foreign Affairs. He is Associate Editor of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies (SSCI indexed); a member of the Greek-Turkish Forum; a member of the Governing Board of the European Studies Institute (ESI) at MGIMO University, Moscow; co-convener of the Commission on the Black Sea; a member of the Advisory Boards of the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation; the International Institute for Peace, Vienna; and the Corporate Social Responsibility Association of Turkey. He recently was voted in as member of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (BSCSIF).




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