As the Syrian conflict persists without any tangible resolution to end it, the Syrian refugee crisis is growing by the day, imposing tremendous burden and challenge on the neighboring countries. Turkey has already been shouldering much of this burden by hosting over 2 million Syrian refugees. Turkey has already spent billions of dollars to accommodate refugees, but it is increasingly affected by economic, political, and social consequences of the Syrian displacement crisis. Recently, refugees from Turkey as well as other hosting countries began to head to Europe in the hope of finding better living conditions. This massive exodus of refugees has led to Europe’s largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. This presentation will focus on the situation on the ground and explore following issues: What concrete steps must be taken to handle the refugee crisis? How long Turkey and other hosting countries can accommodate growing number of Syrian refugees? What can be done to better integrate refugees in Turkey? Are European governments doing enough? What are the prospects of collaborative efforts by European institutions and Turkey in handling the crisis? What will be the impact of latest legislative election in Turkey on the Syrian crisis?
Speakers will also talk about the recent elections and the theories that Turkey might face.
Kerim Balcı Turkish writer, journalist and academician Kerim Balci (b. 1971) is recently the editor in chief of Turkish Review, a bimonthly journal published by Zaman Media Group of Turkey. Balci is a frequent columnist in Today’s Zaman and Zaman dailies, both the largest circulating newspapers in their boulevards, and correspondents to several local and international TV channels on issues related to the Middle East. Kerim Balci studied Physics and Political Science and International Relations in the Bosporus University of Turkey. He has an MA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the city where he served as the representative of Zaman Turkish Daily for eight years. Balci is currently a PhD candidate at the Durham University of the UK on linguistic philosophy.
Fevzi Bilgin is founding president of Rethink Institute, a research organization based in Washington, DC. His areas of expertise are constitutional politics, Islam and politics, and Turkish politics. He received BA from Ankara University and PhD in political science from University of Pittsburgh. He previously taught political science in Turkey and the United States. His publications include recent books, Understanding Turkey’s Kurdish Questionand Political Liberalism in Muslim Societies.
Organised by: Pearl Institute (Formerly knowns as Anatolia Cultural & Dialogue Centre) and Baptist University, Hong Kong
Time: 20 November 2015 – 3.00 – 4.30 pm
Venue: Deparment of Government and International Studies, Baptist University
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