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PISM is pleased to invite you to a seminar “Neo-Ottomanism” or “Neo-Pax Ottomana”?

“Neo-Ottomanism” or “Neo-Pax Ottomana”?
Turkish Foreign Policy at the Beginning of the 21st Century

PANELISTS

Prof. Michel Bozdemir
National Institute of Oriental Language and Civilization, University of Paris (INALCO)

Dr. Danuta Chmielowska
Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw

Dr. Dursun Ayan (tbc)
Ankara University

MODERATOR

Dr. Karol Kujawa
The Polish Institute of International Affairs

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3 June 2011 (Friday) at 10:00-11:30
The Polish Institute of International Affairs
1A Warecka Street, Warsaw
Conference room, 1st floor
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The meeting will be held in English

Those wishing to attend are kindly requested to confirm participation in the seminar by
phone: (22) 556 80 71, or e-mail: winiarska@pism.pl
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General elections to the Turkish Parliament are scheduled for 12 June 2011, and it is highly likely that once again the moderate Islamic Justice and Development Party (AKP) will emerge victorious. During its rule Turkey has been recording a continuous economic growth, with the country now ranking in 16th place in the global economy with real GDP growth at 7% in 2010 and average annual economic growth at 7.3%. Under the AKP government Turkey’s international importance has also been on the rise as the country is pursuing a dynamic Middle East policy, acting as a mediator in the Balkans and opening up to its neighbours. One of the main architects of this policy is the current Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, who is the author of the concept of “strategic depth” (Stratejik Derinlik), which suggests that Turkey has the makings to become a regional power. According to Davutoğlu, only peaceful methods should be used to achieve this goal, and deep historical links and geographic proximity with the Arabs, Kurds, Persians, Central Asia and the Caucasus should help Turkey in carrying out this task.

But some see the concept of “strategic depth” as highly risky, arguing that it is behind Turkish neo-imperialism or neo-ottomanism. Critics say that Turkey is trying to re-establish its influence dating back to the glory days of the Ottoman Empire, while other opponents note that Turkey’s growing influence in the region will enable it to promote the values represented by Turkish philosopher Imam Fethullah Gülen.

The upcoming elections will be an opportunity to sum up Turkey’s foreign policy at the beginning of the 21st century. During the seminar, panelists will reflect on how the vectors of Turkey’s foreign policy have changed under AKP’s rule, on its policy during the current crisis in the countries of North Africa and on whether or not Turkey can become a model for the Arab states.
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The seminar is planned for 90 minutes, with 15-minute presentations by the panelists to be followed by a discussion.

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