The Open Access edited volume co-edited by INSITER’s Academic Coordinators Ebru Turhan and Wulf Reiners (2016-17) and titled “EU-Turkey Relations: Theories, Institutions, and Policies” has been published by Palgrave in June 2021. Click hereto access and download the volume for free. The edited volume functions as the final output of the INSITER module.
The open access book explores the new complexities and ambiguities that epitomize EU-Turkey relations. With a strong focus on the developments in the last decade, the book provides full access to a comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted relationship through three entry points:(1) Theories and Concepts, (2) Institutions, and (3) Policies. Part I brings together complementary and competing analytical approaches to study the evolution of EU-Turkey relations, ranging from traditional integration theories to novel concepts. Part II investigates the institutional machinery of EU-Turkey relations by analyzing the roles and perspectives of the European Council, the European Commission, and the European Parliament. Part III offers analyses of the policies most relevant for the relationship: enlargement policy, trade and macroeconomic policies, foreign and security policy, migration and asylum policies, and energy policy. In Part IV, the volume closes with a systematic survey of the conditions under which cooperative trends in EU-Turkey relations could be (re)invigorated. The systematic setup and the balanced combination of distinguished experts from EU- and Turkey-based institutions make this book a fundamental reading for students, researchers, lecturers, and practitioners of EU-Turkey relations, European integration and Turkish foreign policy.
TheVIADUCT Jean Monnet Network “Enhancing VIsibility of Academic DialogUe on EU-Turkey Cooperation” has awarded INSITER Coordinator Dr. Ebru Turhan with the VIADUCT Teaching Award for her Jean Monnet Module INSITER “Inside the EU-Turkey Relations (2016-2019)”.
Dr. Julie Smith (Cambridge University) held the laudatory speech for Ebru Turhan in the framework of the VIADUCT Award Ceremony on 23 October 2020. She stressed not only the module’s contribution to the research and teaching agenda, but also its bridge function between junior and senior academics. Being the first module on EU-Turkey relations at a rather young university, senior scholars underlined Ebru Turhan’s effort to put the EU (back) on the Turkish academic map.
INSITER Coordinator Ebru Turhan attended the 49th UACES Annual Conference which took place at the University of Lisbon on 1-4 September 2019. Turhan presented a paper titled “The Evolution of EU Studies in Turkey: A Gender Perspective” co-authored by Rahime Süleymanoglu Kürüm at the panel “European Union-Turkey Relations in Times of Crisis – Actors, Perceptions and Discourses”.
INSITER Coordinator Ebru Turhan held a public lecture on Turkish Narratives of Europe as part of the Coimbra Group International Lecture Series “Narratives of Europe – Narratives for Europe” on 25 June 2019 at the University of Cologne. The lecture series attempts a survey of the different narratives on Europe across EU member states and key third countries, focusing on both differences and common traits, inspired by the hope that an increased awareness of these narratives and expectations increases and improves mutual understanding within the EU. Turhan’s presentation was streamed live and could be watched here.
INSITER is proud to publish the best student research papers written during 2018-2019 for the four lectures/seminars that are components of the INSITER project. The following papers have been chosen as the best ones to be published given their overall academic quality and the grades the students received for them:
AVU 114, Furkan Durmaz, “EU-Turkey Relations on the axis of Refugee Crisis”, read here.
AVU 101, Asiye Bilge Kırca, “The Role of European Identity in Turkey-European Union Relations”, read here.
AVU 106, Onur Alp, “U.S Foreign Policy: Why U.S Withdrew from Iran nuclear deal
An explaining with foreign policy theories “, read here.
AVU 107, Fatih Hacıbektaşoğlu, “Is European Parliament democratic or non-democratic?”, read here.
INSITER coordinator Ebru Turhan published an edited-volume titled “German-Turkish Relations Revisited: The European Dimension, Domestic and Foreign Politics and Transnational Dynamics”which builds on a multi-angled and accessible approach with refreshing contributions on latest developments in German-Turkish affairs by German and Turkish scholars. Departing from the intermestic and exceptionally interdependent nature of German-Turkish relations, the edited volume revisits the German-Turkish dialogue and examines the potential for future cooperation and conflict between both countries. To this end, the chapters of the volume focus on three dimensions of German-Turkish relations which particularly involve conflictual and cooperative dialogue: the European dimension, domestic and foreign politics and transnational dynamics. For the table of contents and the introductory chapter “German-Turkish Relations – Intermestic, Interdependent, Intricate” please click here.
INSITER Coordinator Ebru Turhan and former INSITER Co-Coordinator and Advisory Board Member Wulf Reiners participated in the panel titled “Varying, Overlapping, and Competing Perceptions of a Unique Partnership: Unravelling the Stories on EU-Turkey Relations” at the 2019 EUSA Biennial Conference in Denver, USA. While Wulf Reiners acted as the discussant of the panel, Ebru Turhan presented a paper titled “Elite Framing of the EU-Turkey Refugee “Deal”: A Comparative Analysis of German and Turkish Policy-Makers’ Expectations from and Understandings of the “Deal” co-authored with Ayca Arkilic from the Victoria University of Wellington, and also served as the Chair of the session. Other presenters of the panel included Meltem Müftüler-Bac (Sabanci University) and Ebru Ece Özbey (University of Cologne).
On May 2, 2019 the fourth meeting of the INSITER Advisory and Steering Board took place in Istanbul. The meeting served the purpose to jointly reflect on the programme implementation during the last three years, the key achievements of the project including teaching, publications, events and dissemination. The group also discussed potential follow-up projects and applications on EU-Turkey relations following the conclusion of the INSITER module.
On behalf of the University of Cologne, the Turkish-German University, the Jean Monnet Module INSITER- Inside the Turkey-EU Relations, Migration and Integration Research Center (TAGU) and German Academic Exchange Service DAAD, we are pleased to invite you to participate in the 6th Joint Conference “New political challenges for Germany Turkey and EU” on May 3, 2019. The conference takes place in the premises of the Turkish-German University in Istanbul (Beykoz) and will bring together scholars from both Turkey and EU countries who are engaged in EU and IR studies and Germany –Turkey relations.
The conference program foresees keynote speeches by Ambassador Faruk Kaymakcı, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs & Director for EU Affairs, and Martin Erdmann, Ambassador of Germany to Turkey and three thematic panels on:
Past, current and future trends in EU-Germany-Turkey relations
Migration and diaspora policy in EU-Turkey relations: latest trends and impact
Current trends in world politics and reflections on EU-Turkey relations
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for registration.
INSITER Coordinator Ebru Turhan participated in the Annual Conference of the Jean Monnet Network Viaduct on 20-21 March 2019 at the Istanbul Policy Center in Istanbul. During the conference Turhan chaired a working group on “Teaching EU-Turkey Relations”, where next pressing questions, topics and methods in teaching and research on EU-Turkey relations were discussed.