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TALK-Perpetual Transition: Why Europe Has Failed in Democracy Promotion in Turkey
TALK-Perpetual Transition: Why Europe Has Failed in Democracy Promotion in Turkey
WhenThursday, May 18, 2017, 7 – 8 p.m.
Campus locationStudent Union Building (HUB)
Campus room337
Event typesAcademics, Lectures/Seminars, Special Events
Event sponsorsPresented by the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Center for West European Studies, the Middle East Center, Center for Global Studies, Center for Human Rights and Department of Political Science at UW. The Middle East Center’s sponsorship of this event does not imply the Center endorses the content of the event.

Why have European institutions failed in democracy and human rights promotion in Turkey? Join us to hear Dilek Kurban of the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin discuss how the Turkish government has been able to eliminate internal political dissent and negate the rule of law, despite Turkey’s ongoing accession talks with the European Union and oversight of the European Court of Human Rights.

Dilek Kurban is the Marie Curie Fellow at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. She is a member of the European Commission’s Network of Independent Experts in the Non-Discrimination Field. A legal scholar, Kurban focuses on the European Court of Human Rights, legal mobilization, forced displacement, minority rights and human rights abuses during ethnic conflict. She specializes on Turkey.

Prior, she was the Mercator-IPC Research Fellow at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) in Berlin and Director of the Democratization Program at the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation in Istanbul, and worked at the United Nations Department of Political Affairs in New York. She holds a J.D. and M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York.

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