5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Turkey after the Elections: Identity, Democracy and Foreign Policy

Event Co-sponsors

Turkey has had two important elections in 2014 and general elections are expected in June 2015. Turkey’s long time Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan is now the first popularly elected president in the country’s history. Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoğlu has replaced him as head of the ruling AK Party and Prime Minister. Prime Minister Davutoğlu has set targets for substantial developments in political, economic and foreign policy realms. There are a number of critical issues in Turkey’s domestic political sphere. In addition, pressing events in the region may force Turkey to take action outside its borders. This panel will address Turkey’s current domestic and foreign policy challenges in this wider context.

This event serves as the launch of the new series "Turkey Papers," a joint publication of the Wilson Center's Global Europe Program and the Istanbul Policy Center. A brief reception will follow.


This event is co-sponsored by the Middle East Program.


  • Fuat Keyman

    Director, Istanbul Policy Center and Professor of International Relations, Sabanci University (Turkey)
  • Şebnem Gümüşçü

    Assistant Professor of Political Science, Middlebury College
  • Christian F. Ostermann

    Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
    Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Bulent Aras

    Global Fellow
    Professor of International Relations, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sabancı University, Istanbul, Turkey