ResearchTurkey & BIAA Panel Discussion,‘Turkey in an Election Year: What Does the Future Hold for the AKP Government?’, 6 February 2014


We are pleased to announce Centre for Policy and Research on Turkey (ResearchTurkey)‘s panel discussion arranged in association with British Institute at Ankara (BIAA), entitled “Turkey in an Election Year: What Does the Future Hold for the AKP Government?” to be held on Thursday, 6 February 2014, at British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH between 6.30 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. The participants are Professor Ali Çarkoğlu, Professor Bill Park and John Peet.  Sir David Logan will kindly chair the event

A drinks reception will follow the discussion. Please visit to purchase tickets. Contact Claire McCafferty at [email protected] or e-mail [email protected] for more help.

Please find below an abstract of the discussion and short bios of the participants:

In March 2014, local elections will be held in Turkey. These always have greater national significance in Turkey than in the UK. Next year, they will be the first electoral barometer for the popularity of the ruling AKP after last summer’s protests over the development of Gezi Park in Istanbul. Their outcome is likely to affect the political parties’ approach to the Presidential election in July-the first such election in Turkey to be decided by direct popular vote – and even perhaps the identities of the candidates themselves. The outcome of the Presidential election will in turn be critical for the next Turkish general election scheduled for June 2015, when the ruling AKP, which has transformed the face of Turkey since it came to power in 2002, will attempt to win a fourth term in office.
The panel will consider possible outcomes from these important elections and give their views on the implications of them for the future of Turkey’s multi-party democracy.

Professor Ali Çarkoğlu is a professor of political science at the Koç University, Istanbul. He received his Ph. D. at the State University of New York-Binghamton in 1994. His areas of research interest include voting behaviour, public opinion and party politics in Turkey. His most recent book co-authored with Ersin Kalaycıoğlu is: The Rising Tide of Conservatism in Turkey.’

Professor Bill Park is a Senior Lecturer at King’s College, London, and is based at the Joint Command and Staff College. He is the author of Modern Turkey; people, state and foreign policy in a globalized world (Routledge, 2011).

John Peet is the Europe Editor of The Economist. Before joining The Economist he was a civil servant, working for the Treasury and the Foreign Office from 1976 to 1986.

Chair: Sir David Logan served in Ankara from 1967-1970 and returned as Ambassador in 1997-2001. His postings at home included appointments as Assistant Under Secretary of State for Central and Eastern European Affairs, and for Defence Policy.

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