Conference on new political challenges for Germany, Turkey and the EU – 2019

INSITER realized in cooperation with the Center for Turkey and EU Studies (CETEUS), Turkish-German University Political Science and International Relations Department, Center for Migration and Integration at the Turkish-German University (TAGU) and German Academic Exchange Service DAAD an international symposium titled “New political challenges for Germany, Turkey and the EU – 2019” with the participation of around 150 international guests including academicians, representatives of non-governmental organizations and the media and students from different universities on 3rd of May, 2019 at the Beykoz campus of the Turkish-German University.

The opening speeches of the symposium were given by the Coordinator of the German Consortium of the Turkish-German University, Prof. Dr. İzzet FURGAÇ, faculty member of the University of Cologne and Vice-President of the German Consortium responsible for the foundation of the Turkish-German University, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang WESSELS, and the head of the Political Science and International Relations Department Prof. Dr. M. Murat ERDOĞAN. Following the opening speeches, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Turkey Martin ERDMANN gave a keynote speech titled “A World in Disarray: What Can Be Done to Fix It? A German View”.

Following the speech of Ambassador Martin ERDMANN, the symposium has continued with the opening panel titled “Present and Future of EU-Turkey Relations”. At the panel chaired by Prof. Dr. Atila ERALP (Istanbul Policy Center), the present and future of  EU-Turkey relations have been discussed by Dr. Günter SEUFERT (SWP), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Beken SAATÇİOĞLU (MEF University), Alina THIEME (University of Cologne), and INSITER Coordinator Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebru TURHAN (Turkish-German University) based on the results of the research projects conducted by the panelists. 

Following the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Director for EU Affairs Faruk KAYMAKCI’s speech during which an interactive survey on EU-Turkey affairs was conducted and the recent developments in EU-Turkey relations were evaluated, the second session has started with the moderation of Prof. Dr. Michael KAEDING (University of Duisburg-Essen). In this session titled “Migration and Diaspora Policy in EU-Turkey Relations: Latest Trends and Impact”, Prof. Dr. M. Murat ERDOĞAN (Turkish-German University), Prof. Dr. Ahmet İÇDUYGU (Koç University) and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayselin GÖZDE YILDIZ (Yaşar University) made presentations. In the panel various topics including the effects of the  refugee crisis on EU member states, the challenges that Turkey faces and the policies that were implemented due to the Syrian refugees in Turkey, and lastly, the role and shortcomings of the readmission agreement in solving the refugee crisis were discussed.

In the final panel of the symposium titled “Current Trends in World Politics and Reflections on EU-Turkey Relations”, latest developments and trends in world politics have been discussed from manifold angles. At this session, chaired by Prof. Dr. Mathias JOPP (IEP Berlin), Prof. Dr. Birgül DEMİRTAŞ (TOBB ETU), Asst. Prof. Dr. Deniz KURU (Turkish-German University), and Prof. Dr. Bernhard STAHL (Passau University) made presentations.

The symposium was finalized by the closing remarks of the INSITER project coordinator Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebru TURHAN,  Asst. Prof. Dr. Deniz KURU and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang WESSELS and followed by an networking dinner.



INSITER-METU-TRIANGLE Roundtable in Ankara

In coordination with the Middle East Technical University (METU) and the TRIANGLE Project of the Center for Turkey and EU Studies (CETEUS) , INSITER organized INSITER-METU-TRIANGLE Roundtable titled “Germany and Turkey in Europe: Possibilities and Limitations of Cooperation and Conflict “ on November 13, 2017  in the premises of the METU in Ankara.

The Roundtable was chaired by Prof. Dr. Atila Eralp (METU / Turkish-German University and Istanbul Policy Center) and included contributions from Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özgehan Şenyuva (METU); Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dimitris Tsarouhas (Bilkent University); Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebru Turhan (Turkish-German University  / INSITER Coordinator) as panelists. Approximately 40 students and academics from METU, Bilken University and Turkish-German University participated in the roundtable.

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First 360 Degree Feedback Evaluation Completed

The INSITER team is glad to announce that with the termination of the first INSITER year the first 360 degree feedback evaluation could be completed. The evaluation mechanism is an tool to ensure quality control during the project lifetimes by evaluating the implementation of the Jean Monnet Module INSITER and its core components, in particular the INSITER courses, events and study trips. Feedback was collected from students, lecturers and participants in both oral and written form. Also the appointed student representatives were given the opportunity to comment on the project agenda and ask questions to the academic coordinators in respective working meeting. Furthermore, during meetings in November 2016 and May 2017 the Advisory Board and Steering Board of INSITER positively assessed the activities of the project and agreed on the future steps to implement the project.

Report on Joint Conference Finalised

The joint Conference “New political challenges for Germany Turkey and EU” which was organized by the INSITER in cooperation with the CETEUS / University of Cologne, the  Turkish-German University, FEUTURE Project and DAAD, took place on May 26, 2016 at the Turkish-German University.

The opening keynote speech was addressed by Saadet Oruç Senior Advisor to the President of the Turkish Republic and, following the speech three thematic panels related to EU-Turkey relations took place.

The first panel “Present and F(e)uture of EU-Turkey Relations (in cooperation with the FEUTURE project)” was chaired by Asst. Prof. Dr. Wulf Reiners (Turkish-German University). With the participation of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bahar Rumelili (Koç University), Doruk Ergun (Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies / EDAM, Istanbul), Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebru Turhan (Turkish-German University) and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels (CETEUS, University of Cologne) as panelists, Present and F(e)uture of EU-Turkey Relations was discussed in view of internal and external dynamics affecting both EU and Turkey.

The second panel “EU, Turkey and the Economy” was chaired Prof. Dr. Ferda Halıcıoğlu (Medeniyet University). With the participation of Prof. Dr. Martin Klein (University Halle-Wittenberg), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Çigdem Nas (Economic Development Foundation Istanbul), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elif Nuroglu (Turkish-German University) the economic aspect of Turkey-EU relations was  discussed.

The third panel “New Actors, New System, New Era? World Politics 2017” was chaired by Asst. Prof. Dr. Enes Bayrakli (Turkish- German University). With the participation of  Prof. Dr. Atila Eralp (METU), Asst. Prof. Dr. Deniz Kuru (Turkish- German University) Johannes Müller Gomez (CETEUS, University of Cologne) Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dimitris Tsarouhas (Bilkent University) the dynamic relation between the globalization and international system was discussed.

Finally with the concluding remarks of the INSITER Co-Coordinators Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebru Turhan (Turkish-German University) and Asst. Prof. Dr. Wulf Reiners (Turkish-German University), the “Conference Findings” session ended.

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INSITER-IPC Roundtable in Istanbul

In coordination with the Istanbul Policy Center (IPC), INSITER organized INSITER- IPC Roundtable titled “A new neighborhood for everyone? Trends of transition in Turkey, the EU and the wider region” on March 25, 2017 at the headquarters of the IPC, Minerva Han, Istanbul.

Following a welcome speech by Prof. Dr. Fuat Keyman, Director of the IPC and Professor at the Sabancı University,  the panel was chaired by the INSITER Co-coordinator Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebru Turhan and included contributions from Assoc. Prof. Dr. Senem Aydın-Düzgit, IPC Senior Scholar & Research and Academic Affairs Coordinator and Associate Professor at the Sabancı University; Prof. Dr. Atila Eralp, Middle East Technical University, & Turkish-German University; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dimitris Tsarouhas, Bilkent University and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels, CETEUS | University of Cologne & Turkish-German University as panelists and Asst. Prof. Dr. Wulf Reiners, INSITER Co-coordinator, as a key discussant.

More than 40 representatives from German and Turkish academia and civil society participated in the roundtable.

Please click here for the program.

New Publication by Ebru Turhan

INSITER’s academic co-coordinator Ebru Turhan has published a co-authored book chapter entitled “Turkish Foreign Policy towards the Arab Spring: Between Western Orientation and Regional Disorder”, in the edited volume by Bülent Aras and Fuat Keyman “Turkey, the Arab Spring and Beyond” (New York: Routledge).  Read more

Roundtable Discussion on the European Council and Turkey’s Accession Process

On November 22, 2016 the public roundtable discussion „Changing the Map. The European Council’s role in Turkey’s accession process and Brexit” took place at the Turkish-German University in cooperation with the SUMMIT Project of the University of Cologne. Moderated by Asst. Prof. Dr. Deniz Kuru, member of the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels (Senior INSITER Scholar, CETEUS / University of Cologne) and Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebru Turhan (INSITER academic co-coordinator) discussed the role of the European Council in view of both the enlargement of the European Union as well as the Brexit process. Read More