SEESOX - Oxford, UK
Thursday, 18 January 2018 - 5:00pm
Location: Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR
Speaker(s): Soner Cagaptay (Washington Institute for Near East Policy)
Chair: Ceren Lord (School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies)
Convenor: Ezgi Basaran (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Discussant: Gareth Winrow (Independent Analyst on Turkey)
Authoritarianism, Politics and Literature in Turkey: U.S. Book Launch of "The Time of Mute Swans"
November 16, Thursday 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Location:The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
1111 19th st NW #500
Washington, D.C. 20036
Live Broadcast available
Turkey is currently going through its most tumultuous period of social and political change since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire nearly a century ago, accompanied by the growth of authoritarian politics under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan . Acclaimed Turkish author and journalist Ece Temelkuran argues that the path to understanding Turkey today lies in studying the 1980 military coup, and the ways in which the coup fundamentally altered Turkish society. This is the era of turbulence and transformation that Temelkuran explores in her latest book, The Time of Mute Swans: A Novel. To discuss this novel and the intersection of authoritarianism and Erdogan's rule in Turkey, the Washington Institute is pleased to host a Policy Forum with Ece Temelkuran. She will be joined by former U.S. Ambassador Robert Finn and Institute expert Soner Cagaptay.
The Institute of Turkish Studies- Washington DC
November 1, 2017 at Georgetown University
Edward B. Bunn Intercultural Center (ICC)
Join us for a discussion on the perils and opportunities that typify recent developments in the Near and Middle East. Following a moderated discussion between the two authors, the audience will have an opportunity to purchase copies of the cited works and have them signed.
92Y - New York
October 31, 2017
Location: 92Y New York
From the liberal Turks to the Gulen movement, from coup plotters to Kurdish nationalists, all of which have culminated in the crisis of modern Turkey.
In his recently published book, The New Sultan, author Sonor Cagaptay approaches the history of political Islam in Turkey through the lens of President Erdogan and unpicks the “threats” Erdogan has worked to combat. Join us as Cagaptay examines Erdogan’s roots in Turkish history, what he believes in and how he has cemented his rule, as well as what this means for the world.
There will be a book signing following this event.
Danish Institute for International Studies - Copenhagen
Friday 20 October 2017, 09.30-11.00
Location: DIIS ∙ Danish Institute for International Studies
Gl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51A
Soner Cağaptay, Director, Turkish Research Program, The Washington Institute
Pola Rojan, Middle East Analyst, ActionAid
Cecilie Felicia Stokholm Banke, Senior Researcher, DIIS
The seminar will be in English and live streamed on diis.dk
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use our online registration form no later than Thursday 19 October 2017 at 12.00 noon. Livestream does not require registration
Bologna Institute for Policy Research - Italy
Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 12:00 p,m
Location: Penthouse SAIS Bologna
In a world of rising tensions between Russia and the United States, the Middle East and Europe, Sunnis and Shiites, Islamism and liberalism, Turkey is at the epicentre. And at the heart of Turkey is its right-wing populist president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Since 2002, Erdogan has consolidated his hold on domestic politics while using military and diplomatic means to solidify Turkey as a regional power. His crackdown has been brutal and consistent – thousands of journalists arrested, academics officially banned from leaving the country, university deans fired and many of the highest-ranking military officers arrested. In some senses, the nefarious and failed 2016 coup has given Erdogan the license to make good on his repeated promise to bring order and stability under a "strongman". Here, leading Turkish expert Soner Cagaptay will look at Erdogan's roots in Turkish history, what he believes in and how he has cemented his rule, as well as what this means for the world. The book will also unpick the ‘threats' Erdogan has worked to combat – from the liberal Turks to the Gulen movement, from coup plotters to Kurdish nationalists – all of which have culminated in the crisis of modern Turkey.
Teach-In 2017: The Strength and Fragility of Constitutions
September 25, 2017 in Oklahama
2:00 pm at The Univesity of Oklahama
Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center
Soner Cagaptay is director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute. He is the author of The New Sultan: Erdogan and the Crisis of Modern Turkey and has written extensively on U.S. and Turkish relations, Turkish domestic politics and Turkish nationalism, publishing in scholarly journals and major international print media, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times and numerous other publications. He appears regularly on Fox News, CNN, NPR, Voice of America, BBC and CNN-Turk.
Question-and-answer period to follow.
Instituto Affari Internazionali -Rome, Italy
September 20, 2017 in Rome
16:30 at Instituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)
Turkey will play a critical geopolitical role in the events of the Middle East. After the attempted coup of July 2016, the spotlight is on Recep Tayyip Erdogan – the powerful leader of the country whose increasingly authoritarian regime has increased tensions both within and outside the country. Erdogan’s crackdown on dissent has been brutal and consistent – thousands of journalists arrested, academics officially banned from leaving the country, university deans fired and three-quarters of the highest-ranking army officers in custody. As his opponents accuse the AKP of heavyhandedness, Erdogan promises to bring order and stability under a ‘strongman’.
In this book, leading Turkish expert Soner Cagaptay looks at where Erdogan comes from in Turkish history, what he believes in and how he has cemented his rule. The New Sultan tells the story of the increasingly Islamic Turkey Erdogan has built, and assesses the threats he faces – from the liberal youth to the Gulen movement, the army plotters and the fallout from the Kurdish question.
University of Leiden- Netherlands
Exchanges on the Middle East II: Turkey and the Middle East
September 14, 2017 in Leiden
17:00 - 19:00 at Leiden University's Centre for the Study of Islam and Society
While Turkey has long conceived of itself as a bridge between Asia and Europe, it also fostered ambitions to be a central player in regional and global affairs. In recent years, which were marked by conflicts and instability in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Turkey has sought to deepen its influence and power in the region. This public lecture and debate will explore the background of Turkey’s national, regional and international political strategies regarding the MENA region. This event is organized by LUCIS and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
De Balie - Amsterdam, Netherlands
September 13, 2017 in Amsterdam
20:00 at De Balie
Leading Turkish expert and Turkey-American political scientist Soner Cagaptay will speak in De Balie on the power of Erdogan and the crisis in today’s Turkey. Last month his important book The New Sultan has been published in which Cagaptay gives a complete image of Erdogan: where he comes from in Turkish history, what he believes in and how he has cemented his rule in the last years. After Erdogan first came to power as prime minister in 2003, he brought the country economic growth but more and more deeply divided the country with his authoritarian regime. Can we still consider Turkey a democracy? What can we expect from Erdogan in the coming years? And what is needed to bring an end to the crisis of Turkey?
Book Launch with Dr Soner Cagaptay
September 11, 2017 in London
19:00 at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) is delighted to invite you to a launch of Dr Soner Cagaptay’s new book ‘The New Sultan: Erdogan and the Crisis of Modern Turkey’ on 11 September 2017.
In this book launch, Beyer Family fellow and Director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute, Dr Soner Cagaptay will look at President Erdoğan’s roots in Turkish history, what he believes in and how he has cemented his rule, as well as what this means for the world. The discussion will also unpick the ‘threats’ Erdogan has worked to combat – from the liberal Turks to the Gulen movement, from coup plotters to Kurdish nationalists – all of which have culminated in the crisis of modern Turkey.