INSITER Coordinator at TRIANGLE Workshop

On June 8, 2017, INSITER Co-Coordinator Ebru Turhan participated in the TRIANGLE Workshop of CETEUS at the University of Cologne titled “Narratives and Perceptions on EU-Turkey Relations – A Differentiated Future?”. Turhan held a talk on “Opportunities and Challenges for Extended External and Internal Differentiated Integration between Turkey and the EU.” The workshop included other speakers such as Wolf-Ruthart Born, former Secretary of State, Bianca Benvenuti, IAI, Aras Lindh, Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Funda Tekin, CETEUS and Dicle Korkmaz, METU.

INSITER Co-Coordinator at the 31st IISES International Academic Conference in London

From May 29 to 31, 2017, INSITER Co-Coordinator Ebru Turhan participated in the 31st IISES International Academic Conference in London. Turhan presented a conference paper titled “Domestication of Germany’s European Policy and German Leadership in the EU: The Cases of Eurozone Crisis and Refugee Crisis.”  Research for the conference contribution was  conducted in the framework of the INSITER project. The paper that was published within the framework of the conference proceedings can be found here.

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.

Please click here  for the program.

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.

INSITER Co-Coordinators at ARENA / COMOS / CETEUS Conference in Oslo

On May 18 and 19, 2017, the INSITER co-coordinators participated in a joint conference of the Centre for European Studies (ARENA) of the University of Oslo, the Cologne Monnet Association (COMOS) and the Centre for Turkey and EU Studies (CETEUS) of the University of Cologne that took place in Oslo, Norway.

Under the conference title “Towards a differentiated Europe” the event dealt with recent developments inside the EU, joint challenges for the EU and Norway as well as the future ties of the EU to non-member states, particularly Norway, the UK and Turkey. In this context Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebru Turhan and Asst. Prof. Dr Wulf Reiners contributed to the panel on “Alternative Forms of Partnership of and with the EU” and presented the INSITER project.

Extended Registration Deadline – Joint Conference on May 26

Also on behalf of CETEUS / University of Cologne and the Turkish-German University INSITER invites you to participate in the Joint Conference “New political challenges for Germany Turkey and EU” on May 26, 2017. The conference takes place in the premises of the Turkish-German University in Istanbul (get directions here) and will bring together scholars from both Turkey and EU countries who are engaged in EU studies and Germany –Turkey relations.

The conference programme foresees welcome addresses, a key not speech and three thematic panels:
1) Present and F(e)uture of EU-Turkey Relations
2) EU, Turkey and the Economy
3) New Actors, New System, New Era? World Politics 2017

A draft agenda can be found here. Participation is possible only upon successful registration. In order to register please return the completed registration form (download here) by May 19, 2017 (extended deadline) to Çigdem Çelik (celik@tau.edu.tr).

Reminder – Joint Conference on May 26

Also on behalf of CETEUS / University of Cologne and the Turkish-German University INSITER invites you to participate in the Joint Conference “New political challenges for Germany Turkey and EU” on May 26, 2017. The conference takes place in the premises of the Turkish-German University in Istanbul (get directions here) and will bring together scholars from both Turkey and EU countries who are engaged in EU studies and Germany –Turkey relations.

The conference programme foresees a welcome address and three thematic panels:
1) Present and F(e)uture of EU-Turkey Relations
2) EU, Turkey and the Economy
3) New Actors, New System, New Era? World Politics 2017

A draft agenda can be found here. Participation is possible only upon successful registration. In order to register please return the completed registration form (download here) by May 14, 2017 to Çigdem Çelik (celik@tau.edu.tr).

INSITER Co-Coordinator at EUSA Conference in Miami

From May 4 to 6, 2017, INSITER Co-Coordinator Wulf Reiners participated in the Fifteenth Biennial Conference of the European Union Studies Association (EUSA) in Miami, FL. Together with Dr. Funda Tekin (CETEUS, University of Cologne) he presented a conference paper on Germany’s role in EU-Turkey relations since the 2015 refugee crisis. Research for the conference contribution was inter alia conducted in the framework of the INSITER project. The full programme of the EUSA conference 2017 can be found here.

INSITER Roundtable No. 1

On May 25, 2017, INSITER together with the Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) organises the INSITER-IPC Roundtable “A new neighbourhood for everyone? Trends of transition in Turkey, the EU and the wider region“.

The roundtable takes place at 2 pm in the premises of the IPC in Karaköy and brings together academics, students and civil society representatives from Germany and Turkey.

The event serves the purpose to approach Turkey-EU relations in a comparative way, focusing on the current internal dynamics and external orientations of Turkey and the EU and tackling the issue of Turkey’s foreign policy and external action of the EU in the wider neighbourhood. It will pay special attention to most recent developments, for instance the Turkish-European cooperation to respond to the refugee crisis, the institutional evolution of the EU, post-Arab Spring dynamics and the political landscape.

The roundtable is convened by the INSITER Coordinators Ebru Turhan (Chair) and Wulf Reiners (Discussant) in cooperation with Senem Aydın-Düzgit (IPC/Sabancı University). Speakers include:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Senem Aydın-Düzgit (IPC/Sabanci University)
Prof. Dr. Atila Eralp (METU University)
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels (CETEUS, University of Cologne / TDU)
Prof. Dr. Dimitris Tsarouhas (Bilkent University)

The event is designed for a limited number of participants including the students of the Master programme “European and International Affairs” of the Turkish-German University. It is open to external participants only upon invitation. For further information please contact the INSITER coordinator Ebru Turhan.

Conference on May 26 – Register now!

On May 26, 2017, INSITER organises together with the Department of Political Science of the Turkish-German University and the University of Cologne the joint conference
“New Political Challenges for Germany, Turkey and the EU – IV”. 

The conference will take place in the premises of the Turkish-German University in Beykoz / Istanbul. Besides a key note address, three thematic panels related to EU-Turkey relations and beyond will be discussed by invited academics from Turkey and Germany.

The conference is open for the interested public upon registration. In order to register please send your completed registration form to the INSITER Project Assistant Çigdem Çelik. A download of the registration form is available here. Please note that the final day for the submission of registration forms is May 14, 2017.