Date: Thursday, 6 April 2017, 02:30 pm
Location: at the Berlin Representative Office, Robert Bosch Stiftung Französische Straße 32, 10117 Berlin
  • Soli Özel, Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow, Robert Bosch Academy, Professor for International Relations at the Kadir Has University


Turkey is about to have a fateful referendum that will determine the nature of its political system. This is more than just a choice between parliamentarianism and a presidential system. Both outcomes will have serious repercussions both in terms of Turkey's domestic politics and arguably in its foreign policy. At a time when the future of the Western world, European security, the existence of the European Union are all being put under the spotlight, at a time of a "genesis moment" for world order Turkey's choices will matter as they did at the onset of the Cold War.

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Soli Özel

Soli Özel is a professor of International Relations at Kadir Has University in Istanbul and a columnist at Habertürk daily newspaper. He also advises the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TÜSIAD) on foreign policy issues. He has guest lectured at Georgetown, Harvard, Tufts and other US universities and has taught at UC Santa Cruz, SAIS, the University of Washington and the Hebrew University. He has spent time as a fellow of St. Anthony’s College, Oxford and was a visiting senior scholar at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris. He has been a Fisher Family Fellow of the “Future of Diplomacy Program” at the Belfer Center of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 2013, he was a Keyman fellow and a visiting lecturer at Northwestern University. Soli Özel is on the board of directors of International Alert and a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

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