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Crisis on Turkey’s Southern Borders: What’s at Stake?




Series: Olive Tree Middle East Forum

Location: Room A130, College Building

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It was not so long ago that Turkey was being feted as a model for Arab neighbour states - an example of how democracy, open borders, prosperity, a secular state, religious and ethnic diversity can amiably coexist. Then came the Arab uprisings that turned sour, the war in Syria and a revival of violent sectarianism in Iraq.
Along Turkey's southern flank, refugees fled one way and volunteer fighters the other. Straddling the borders are different Kurdish communities, glimpsing the possibility of independence. And then comes ISIS, with an exclusivist sectarian and anti-Kurdish agenda that has forced both Washington and Ankara to react.
On the panel to discuss what's at stake will be:
Sir David Logan KCMG is Chair of the British Institute at Ankara which supports and enables research in Turkey and the Black Sea region. He was a career diplomat with extensive service in Turkey, latterly as  Ambassador. He was also director of the Centre for Studies in Security and Diplomacy at Birmingham University and held an honorary chair there.

Prof Bülent Gőkay, Head of School and Professor of International Relations, Keele University, with previous posts at Cambridge University and Birkbeck College London. His book, written with Vassilis Fouskas, Global Faultlines and the Shifting Imperial Order was published in 2012.

Robert Lowe is Manager of the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics, having previously managed the Middle East Programme at Chatham House. His own research interest is the Kurds of Syria and his latest paper on 'The Emergence of Western Kurdistan and the Future of Syria' was published in Romano & Gurses (eds.), Conflict, Democratization and the Kurds in the Middle East (2014).


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6.00pm - 7.30pmTuesday 25th November 2014

College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB UK

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