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Hostage to Misconceptions? The Global Media and Turkish Affairs

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Hostage to Misconceptions? The Global Media and Turkish Affairs

Speakers: Mr. Hasan Abdullah (TRT World)

Mr. Güney Yıldız (University of Cambridge)

Chair: Dr. Katerina Dalacoura (LSE)

Date: Wednesday 17 January 2018

Time: 18:30-20:00

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We are pleased to announce the Centre for Policy and Research on Turkey (Research Turkey) and London School of Economics Turkish Society joint public debate titled “Hostage to Misconceptions? Global Media and Turkish Affairs” to be attended by Mr. Hasan Abdullah (TRT World) and Mr. Güney Yıldız (University of Cambridge). This event will take place on Wednesday 17 January 2018 at 18.30-20.00. The venue will be confirmed in mid-December. This event will be kindly chaired by Dr. Katerina Dalacoura (LSE).

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The Republic of Turkey has historically presented itself as a ‘bridge’ between the ‘East’ and the ‘West’. This locality is often used as evidence for the country’s uniqueness. Turkish policymakers had historically used this position to act as mediators in key conflicts, while also leading novel initiatives including the now largely defunct ‘Dialogue of Civilisations’. However, as Turkey’s internal woes grow, many people abroad are puzzled by the intractable breaking news making the international headlines. As observers seek to understand the meaning of the political developments in Turkey, we have asked our esteemed panellists to address the following questions:

  1. Can Turkey be represented fairly and accurately from, and to the 'West'? How is an imagined split between 'Turkey and the West' played out in the global media?

  2. What are the main obstacles, if there are at all, to communication between Turkey and the 'West'? To what extent are domestic Turkish fractures and polarisations reflected in reporting about Turkey abroad?

  3. What are the major ethical duties of journalists reporting on Turkey in the English language?

Our esteemed speakers will be delivering 20-minute position presentations respectively. Following the presentations, the members of the audience will be given the opportunity to join the debate. Guests are advised to be concise and clear in their questions.

Speaker Biographies:

Mr. Hasan Abdullah is a Political Correspondent at Turkey's state broadcaster TRT World. He has previously worked with over a dozen media outlets, reporting from numerous countries including Afghanistan. He is currently writing a book on the evolution of Islamic militancy. Mr. Abdullah has also worked with the governments of Pakistan and France as an adviser on counter-terrorism. He has studied Software Engineering at the Nottingham Trent University and is currently studying International Relations at the University of London.

Guney Yildiz is a specialist on Turkey and the Kurds in the Middle East. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). As a journalist with the BBC News, he broke numerous top international stories that have been picked up by other domestic and international broadcasters. He has also advised British politicians at the Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the UK Parliament as a Specialist Adviser on Turkey. He holds a master's degree from the London School of Economics and pursues a PhD on armed non-state actors in the Middle East at the University of Cambridge. (He regularly provides analysis for TV, Radio and Online outlets on Turkey, Syria and the Kurds in the region.)

Chair Biography:

Dr. Katerina Dalacoura is Associate Professor in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2015-16, she was British Academy Mid-Career Fellow and is currently participating in a project on the 'Middle East and North Africa Regional Architecture', sponsored by the European Commission under the auspices of Horizon 2020 (2016-19). She previously worked at the University of Essex and at the International Institute of Strategic Studies. Dr Dalacoura's work has centered on the intersection of Islamism and international human rights norms. She has worked on human rights, democracy and democracy promotion, in the Middle East, particularly in the context of Western policies in the region. Her latest research focuses on the role of culture and civilization in International Relations with special reference to Turkey. She has a continuing interest in questions of secularity and secularization in the Middle East. She is author of Islam, Liberalism and Human Rights: Implications for International Relations (I. B. Tauris, 2007), Islamist Terrorism and Democracy in the Middle East (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and of a number of chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals.

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