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Tobunken Seminar "Relational Approaches to Turkish Politics (A "Relational Studies on Global Crises" Workshop)"

Date: Thursday, 15 November 2018, 17:00-19:30

Venue: 1st Conference Room, 3rd Floor, The Institute of Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo (Access)

Workshop Chair: Yasuyuki Matsunaga (Professor, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

1. "Situating Regime Change in Turkey in the Era of Erdogan"
   Ceren Lord (British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oxford)
This presentation will examine the dynamics of Turkey's authoritarian turn under the Justice and Development Party (AKP) rule since 2002. It will firstly discuss two myths or 'master narratives' of Turkish studies which have resulted in common misrepresentation of the early AKP years as involving a process of democratization. Secondly, it will provide an alternative account of the rise of the AKP that: i) reconsiders the very nature of the Turkish state; ii) links the rise of Islamism to the early phases of nation-state building and a struggle for and within the state itself.

2. "Political Conjuncture in Turkey and Civil Society Organization's Activities Outside Turkey"
   Aya Kokaki (Research Fellow, Chiba University)
In the wake of the conflict with the AKP government and the failed coup attempt in 2016, the massive purge of a civil society organization (CSO) has occurred in Turkey and around the world. This presentation sheds light on how political and social conjuncture have affected the movement's activities outside Turkey, especially in Germany. It then indicates what kinds of similarities and differences, prospects and limitations the CSO may have in countries other than Turkey at present and in the future.

3. "Civil-Military Relations and Counter-Terrorism in Turkey: From Military to Political Approaches?"
   Masamichi Iwasaka (Associate Professor, Doshisha University)
The military approach had been taken for decades as a counter-terrorism policy in Turkey, however, the approach has seemed to be changed to the political one, which emphasized negotiation and dialogue rather than military victory, in the early AKP years. This presentation will explain the significant factor of this change in counter-terrorism, from the viewpoint of civil-military relations.

4. Questions and Answers; Discussions

Contact:matsunaga[at]tufs.ac.jp