UPCOMING EVENT: Beyond the State: Turkey’s Political Crisis and Challenges to Democracy

The Emerging Democracies Institute

cordially invites you to a panel discussion:

Beyond the State: Turkey’s Political Crisis and Challenges to Democracy

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Bayram Balci Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Ulas Doga Eralp Lecturer, International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program, American University’s School of International Service

Joshua D. Hendrick Assistant Professor, Sociology and Global Studies, Loyola University Maryland; author of the book: Gülen: The Ambiguous Politics of Market Islam in Turkey and the World

Richard Kraemer Senior Program Officer, National Endowment for Democracy

moderated by

Reuf Bajrovic President, Emerging Democracies Institute

Friday, January 17, 2014 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Carnegie Endowment For International Peace, Root Room 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington DC 20036

In the aftermath of the Gezi Park protests – arguably the largest demonstration in Turkey’s recent history – Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan finds himself amidst one of the most critical battles in his political career, one that could determine the country’s democratic future. As the recent corruption inquiry spreads into a network of prominent businessmen, cabinet members and Turkey’s intelligence service, the political climate is growing alarmingly polarized. The AKP Government is accusing the Gulen Movement of orchestrating the inquiry and setting up parallel structures within the state bureaucracy, while sabotaging the peace talks with the PKK. For its part, the Gulen Movement is voicing dissatisfaction with Mr. Erdogan’s heavy-handed methods, criticizing him for overstepping his role as the Prime Minister. This panel will discuss the impact of the present political crisis on Turkey’s democracy, as well as how Turkish civil society will fare as a result of the changing political landscape.

Bayram Balci is a visiting scholar in Carnegie’s Middle East Program, where his research focuses on Turkey and Turkish foreign policy in the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Caucasus. He is also affiliated with CERI Sciences Po, in Paris, France. As a research fellow at the French Institute for Anatolian Studies in Istanbul, Turkey, Dr. Balci established the institute’s office in Baku, Azerbaijan. During his four-year mission, he studied the features and interactions of Shia and Sunni Islam in Azerbaijan and its relations with Iran. From 2006 to 2010, he was the director of the French Institute for Central Asian Studies in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. During his time in the region, his research also examined Turkey’s influence and the Islamic revival in Central Asia. He is a founding member of the European Journal of Turkish Studies, director of the editorial board of Les Cahiers d’Asie Centrale, a French journal dedicated to Central Asian studies, and assistant editor of the online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence, which offers descriptions and analyses of massacres and genocides in the twentieth century. He is the author of Missionnaires de l’Islam en Asie centrale: Les écoles turques de Fethullah Gülen (Maisonneuve & Larose, 2003) and recently co-edited China and India in Central Asia: A New “Great Game”? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

Ulas Doga Eralp is a professorial lecturer at the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program of American University’s School of International Service. He holds a PhD from the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. His work focuses on international conflict, human rights, development and democratization. Dr. Eralp has also been consulting international organizations such as the World Bank and the UNOPS. He is the author of a number of articles and book chapters on the Western Balkans, Middle East, Cyprus, European Union and Turkey. His second book Turkey as a Mediator: Stories of Success and Failure will be published by the Lexington Books in Fall of 2014.

Joshua D. Hendrick is an assistant professor of sociology and global studies at Loyola University Maryland. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2009 and his M.A. in socio-cultural anthropology from Northern Arizona University in 2001. He received a B.A. in anthropology and a B.A. in religious studies from the University of Georgia in 1999. Dr. Hendrick’s research focuses on Islamic political identity, elite-level social change, and processes of democratization and global integration in Turkey. His recent book titled Gülen: The Ambiguous Politics of Market Islam in Turkey and the World (2013) is published by New York University Press.

Richard Kraemer is the National Endowment for Democracy’s senior program officer responsible for grants in Afghanistan, Iran, and Turkey. Prior to joining the Endowment, he served as an officer at the Center for International Private Enterprise, where he supervised the organization’s advocacy and corporate governance programs in the aforementioned countries and the Levant. He spent two of those years in Kabul, where he was a technical and legal advisor to the Afghanistan International Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association with a juris doctor from American University and an associate scholar at the Project on Democratic Transitions at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is also an affiliated expert of the pro bono Public International Law and Policy Group, where he contributes to their counsel to the government of Georgia.