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Turkey in Flux: The Domestic and International Scene

Professor Necla Tschirgi

Turkey is going through a major transformation, domestically and internationally. This two-lecture series is designed to provide a framework for understanding the origins and implications of the far-reaching changes in Turkey’s domestic and foreign policies.

February 14: Turkish Domestic Politics

Starting with a brief history of the creation of the Turkish Republic in 1923, this lecture will examine Turkey’s domestic politics under the current Justice and Development Party government, which has been in power since 2002.

February 16: Turkish Foreign Policy

In light of the multi-faceted challenges confronting Turkey during a very turbulent time in the Middle East, this lecture will explore Turkey’s foreign policy on multiple fronts, including the Syrian conflict, ISIS, and relations with the EU, NATO, and the United States.

Instructor: Necla Tschirgi is Professor of Practice in Human Security and Peacebuilding at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. A native of Turkey, she received her BA and MA degrees from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon and her PhD from the University of Toronto. Her professional career spans the intersection of security and development. Prior to joining the Kroc School in 2010, she served as Vice President of the International Peace Academy in New York City and as Senior Policy Advisor with the Peacebuilding Support Office at the United Nations Headquarters.

Coordinator: Steve Clarey

Course Number: OSHR-70123   Credit: 0 units


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