Where is Erdogan’s Turkey headed? 
Introduction by Gaïdz Minassian
Thursday 12 March 2020, at 7 pm

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Less than four years after the attempted coup in Turkey, president Erdogan has imposed his authoritarianism on the entirety of the country’s institutions and Turkish society. With repression on the inside and interventions on the outside (in Irak, Syria, and Libya), Erdogan’s nationalistic-islamist politics falls within the former Ottoman Empire’s renewed status of power and it’s key target date – the year 2023, the centenary of the Republic of Turkey. But what does autocratic Ergodan truly want? International relations researcher Dorothée Schmid and political scientist Ahmet Insel will discuss this issue with Gaïdz Minassian.

Ahmet Insel is a Turkish economist, political scientist, editor and journalist, and a democrat who is strongly devoted to freedom in Turkey as well as across the globe. Splitting his time between Turkey and France, this politically engaged intellectual is committed to defending democracy and has fought for minority rights in the Republic of Turkey. He has participated in public debate through his publications, notably with La nouvelle Turquie d’Erdogan, Du rêve démocratique à la dérive autoritaire [Erdogan’s new Turkey, From democratic dream to authoritarian drift], La Découverte editions, 2015; and his writings in the Turkish and European press. A columnist in the Turkish newspapers Cumhuriyet and Radikal – now shut down by Erdogan – Ahmet Insel is also a coordinator on the editorial committee of the Iletisim publishing house which was founded in 1982.

Researcher and head of the Contemporary Turkey and Middle-East programme at the Ifri [the French Institute of International Relations], Dorothée Schmid is an expert on issues in the Mediterranean and Turkey and holds a PhD in political science. She worked as a country-risk analyst for the Crédit Agricole-Indosuez bank and carried out consulting missions for public institutions (the European Commission, the French Ministry of Economy, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs). She has published numerous articles and worked in French and foreign media and is the author of several publications, including La Turquie en 100 questions [Turkey in 100 questions], Tallandier Editions, 2017 and La Turquie Au Moyen-Orient – Le Retour D’une Puissance Régionale ? [Turkey in the Middle-East – the return of a regional power?] IFRI Editions, 2011.

Gaïdz Minassian is a journalist at Le Monde and lecturer at Sciences Po, Paris.

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