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When

December 16, 2022
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where

National Press Club
529 14th St NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20045 (Map)

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Programs Department
events@mei.edu
202-785-1141 ext. 202

Turkey will hold presidential and parliamentary elections in mid-2023, amid a deepening economic crisis, growing anger toward millions of refugees unable to return to war-torn Syria, and growing alienation of Turkish youth from the governing regime. The Turkish opposition has managed to capitalize on the country's problems to appeal to a larger constituency, but President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's latest steps might undermine the opposition's chances and bolster his prospects. What is the opposition's strategy to beat Erdoğan? What is Erdoğan's strategy to extend his 20-year rule? Will foreign policy have an impact on the parties' electoral prospects? Will Turkey's economic crisis get worse ahead of the critical vote?

Join us for a full day of panels addressing these questions and more at the 11th Annual Turkey Conference, presented by MEI's Turkey Program. The conference will be held in person at the National Press Club on December 16. 2022.

Please note: proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will be required for attendance. 

Conference Agenda

Panel I: MPs on Turkey's make or break elections

Ünal Çeviköz
Member of Parliament, Republican People's Party (CHP) 

Hişyar Özsoy
Member of Parliament, Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) 

Kani Torun
Secretary-General, Future Party (GP) 

Gönül Tol (moderator)
Director, Turkey Program, Middle East Institute 

 

Panel II: Will Turks vote with their pocketbooks? 

Gülçin Özkan
Vice Dean (Staffing); Professor of Finance, King's Business School in London

Atilla Yeşilada
Turkey Country Analyst, GlobalSource Partners 

Bilge Yılmaz
Chairman, Economic Policy Team, Good Party (İYİ)

Ömer Taşpınar (moderator)
Professor, National War College

 

Panel III: Will foreign policy shape the elections?

Volkan Bozkır
Member of Parliament, Justice and Development Party (AK Party), President of the UN 75th General Assembly

Cengiz Çandar
Columnist, Al-Monitor; Senior Associate Research Fellow, Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI)

Selim Koru
Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI); Analyst, Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV)

Ömer Önhon
Former Turkish Ambassador to Syria

Hümeyra Pamuk (moderator)
State Department correspondent, Reuters

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