“Turkey’s Connection with the West and Democracy”

Dimitar Bechev, Ebru Canan-Sokullu and Rahime Süleymanoğlu Kürüm

Dimitar Bechev

Ebru Canan-Sokullu

Rahime Süleymanoğlu Kürüm

In this episode of the Literature Debates series, the author of the book “Turkey under Erdoğan”, Dimitar Bechev (Oxford University) and discussant Ebru Canan-Sokullu (Bahçeşehir University) ; discussed the Turkey’s Connection with the West and Democracy under the moderation of Rahime Süleymanoğlu-Kürüm (Bahçeşehir University).

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Dimitar Bechev is Lecturer at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA), University of Oxford. Bechev has written extensively on the politics and history of modern Turkey and the Balkans, EU external affairs and Russian foreign policy. He is a frequent contributor to Al Jazeera, CNN, Foreign Policy and openDemocracy. Bechev received his D.Phil. in International Relations from Oxford University in 2005.

Prof.Dr.Ebru Canan-Sokullu is the head of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Bahçeşehir University and the director of CIFAL Istanbul, the United Nations Education and Research Institute’s (UNITAR) International Training Center for Managers and Leaders. She is also the editor of the International Relations Council Panorama Portal. Her academic interests are quantitative political science, sustainability, foreign policy and public opinion research.

Assoc. Prof. Rahime Süleymanoğlu-Kürüm works at Bahçeşehir University, Department of Political Science and International Relations. She received her BA in International Relations from the Eastern Mediterranean University in Northern Cyprus in 2005 and in International Law from the University of Nottingham in 2006. She completed her PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Nottingham in 2012. Associate member of the Nottingham Interdisciplinary Center for Economic and Political Research (NICEP). Her research interests focus on Europeanization, EU foreign policy, Turkish foreign policy, EU’s sexism studies, gender and diplomacy, and elite sociology.