Concluding Conference: Academia Meets Government and Parliament in Turkey

Where and when

19-20 November 2009, Bilkent hotel, Ankara, Turkey


From 19-20 November nearly 100 people from Turkish academia and the executive and legislative branches of the state debated in Ankara on matters of defence and security. The aim of the concluding conference within the framework of the Turkey programme was to establish a dialogue between these three sections of Turkish society. Debates took place on the state of Turkey today and the possibilities, difficulties and advantages of intensified cooperation between academia and the executive en legislative branches. From the side of the armed forces and the Turkish government, more transparency should be applied. ‘A volatile region is not a reason to keep secrets,’ as was stated by CESS director Peter Volten in an article in Hurriyet . As for the academia, they should focus more on practical works, in stead of dwelling on theory-based works, said Tanel Demirel of the Çankaya University.


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