Public Conference: “What is ‘New’ in Turkish Foreign Policy?”, 18 June 2015, King’s College London

Public Conference: “What is ‘New’ in Turkish Foreign Policy?”, 18 June 2015

Title: “What is ‘New’ in Turkish Foreign Policy?”
Speakers: Associate Professor C. Akça Ataç, Çankaya University, Ankara, Dr. Pınar İpek, Bilkent University, Ankara & Associate Professor Müge Kınacıoğlu, Hacettepe University, Ankara
Titles of the Talks:
Associate Professor C. Akça Ataç, The Rising Civilization Discourse in Turkish Foreign Policy
Dr. Pınar İpek, Ideas and Material Interests in Turkish Foreign Policy
Associate Professor Müge Kınacıoğlu, Constructing a New Foreign Policy Identity in Turkey
Date: Thursday, 18 June 2015
Time: 18:00-20:00
Venue: S -1.06, Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, King’s College London, WC2R 2LS
Chair: Bill Park, Senior Lecturer, Defence Studies Department, King’s College London

We are pleased to announce Centre for Policy and Research on Turkey (Research Turkey)’s public conference entitled “What is ‘New’ in Turkish Foreign Policy?”, in which Associate Professor C. Akça Ataç of Çankaya University, Dr. Pınar İpek of Bilkent University and Associate Professor Müge Kınacıoğlu of Hacettepe University will give talks. This event will take place on Thursday, 18 June 2015 between 6:00p.m. and 8:00p.m. at S -1.06, Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus, King’s College London, WC2R 2LSBill Park, Senior Lecturer, Defence Studies Department, King’s College London will kindly chair the event.

You may find the short biographies of the speakers and the chair below.

This event is free and open to public but it is a ticketed event that requires pre-registration. A ticket does not guarantee a seat. Please click here for free registration and tickets.

Short Biographies of the Chair and Speakers

C. Akça Ataç is Associate Professor of Political History at Çankaya University in Ankara. She did her PhD in History at Bilkent and pursued postdoctoral studies at the UCLA. She has publications in journals such as History of Political Thought, Turkish Studies and Perceptions, and she has contributed chapters to books published by Brill, I.B. Tauris and Honore Champion/Paris, among others. She won second place in the 5th International Sakıp Sabancı research Awards in 2010. Her latest article which is a comparative reading of Niall Ferguson, Amin Maalouf and Ahmet Davutoğlu with respect to their takes on civilization is currently under review for publication.

Pınar İpek is Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations at Bilkent University in Ankara. Before joining Bilkent University in 2004 she was a faculty member at University of Pittsburgh in 2003-2004. Dr. İpek holds a BA from the Faculty of Political Science, Ankara University in Turkey and a MBA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She completed her PhD in international affairs at University of Pittsburgh in 2003. She was a visiting Fulbright scholar at the Johns Hopkins University during 2012-2013. Her current research is on integration process in the EU internal energy market and the role of socialization among EU member states, energy security in global political economy, Turkey’s changing trade relations by regions and political economy of state-business relations, and the role of oil and gas resources in post conflict state transformation in Iraq.

Müge Kınacıoğlu is Associate Professor at Department of International Relations, Hacettepe University, Ankara. Dr. Kınacıoğlu received her BSc. in Public Administration and Political Science from Middle East Technical University, Ankara. She completed an MA in Political Science and an MA in International Affairs at Marquette University, USA as a Fulbright scholar. She worked as an International Security intern at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington DC. On her return to Turkey, she served as Assistant Specialist at the National Security Council of Turkey. She received her PhD from the Department of International Relations, Bilkent University, Ankara. She was a visiting fellow at the European Institute and at the Centre for International Studies of the London School of Economics and Political Science between 2004 and 2007. Among her research interests are security studies, legitimacy issues and the use of force in international politics, politics of international law, international relations theory and Turkish foreign policy. Kınacıoğlu is currently an Associate Professor of International Relations in Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey.

Bill Park is Senior Lecturer in the Defence Studies Department, King’s College, London. He is the author of journal articles, book chapters, blog pieces and monographs on a range of Turkish foreign policy issues, including its EU accession prospects, the Cyprus problem, Turkey’s policies towards Northern Iraq, Turkey-US relations, the Fethullah Gulen movement, and the Ergenekon affair. Among his publications are ‘Turkey-KRG relations after the US withdrawal from Iraq: putting the Kurds on the map’, published by the Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College, in March 2014 (available online). His book, ‘Modern Turkey: People, State and Foreign Policy in a Globalized World’, was published by Routledge in 2011. He is currently writing a book on Turkey’s regional Kurdish predicaments. He serves as a trustee, council member and research committee member for the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA), and is an editorial board member for the journal Mediterranean Politics. He is a frequent visitor to Turkey, has presented at numerous workshops and conferences, and has appeared as a Turkey expert on various UK and overseas media, has given testimony on Turkish issues to the UK Parliament, and is used as a consultant on Turkish issues by various UK government agencies.

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