Reforms in Turkish Civil-Military Relations: Measuring Progress and Building Capacities

Objective


Key elements

In this programme, CESS aims to help Turkey meet the requirements for EU accession in the field of civil-military relations. It also wants to promote a better understanding within the EU of the challenges that Turkey faces in this regard. Suggestions for further alignment of Turkish civil-military relations with EU standards and practices will be made and assistance will be offered to help Turkey enhance its capacities for good governance in the defence sector. The programme is funded by the Netherlands government and runs from 1 December 2006 until 30 November 2009. The work is carried out in co-operation with the Istanbul Policy Centre, Bilkent University in Ankara and several other Turkish partners. In the current programme CESS produced the first comprehensive and coherent interpretation of the EU requirements for accession in the field of civil-military relations. (available for free downloading here: Harmonie Papers) Furthermore, during an academic conference the main stumbling blocks toward Turkish accession were identified and possible ways to overcome these were discussed (see Prospectus). For the remainder of the programme CESS plans, among other things, a summer school focusing on security studies teaching in Turkey. CESS will also organise a training seminar on weapons of mass destruction for the staff of the Directorate-General on Security Affairs at the Turkish Prime Ministry. The current programme builds on research carried out in the first programme, which was entitled:Governance and the Military: perspectives for change in Turkey. (Task Force and a book).

Activities

Concluding Conference: Academia Meets Government and Parliament in Turkey
19-20 November 2009

Harmonie Paper Launch and Conference on Changing Civil-Military Relations
26-27 October 2009

Security Studies Summertraining Programme
15-18 June 2009

Expert Seminar on Common Norms and Good Practices of Civil-Military Relations in the EU
26-27 March 2009

Workshop on Security Studies Teaching for the 21st Century
15-16 December 2008

Discussion Seminars on Democratic Governance: Transparency, accountability and parliamentary oversight
24, 25 and 26 November 2008

Publication 'Common Norms and Good Practices of Civil-Military Relations in the EU'
July 2008

Publication 'Peace support operations: The past and the future. Papers of the Ankara seminar'
July 2008

Academic Conference: Perceptions and misperceptions in the EU and Turkey - Stumbling blocks on the road to accession
26-27 June 2008

Conference on Peace Operations: The past and the future
12-13 November 2007

Publications

Perceptions and misperceptions in the EU and Turkey: Stumbling blocks on the road to accession
Common Norms and Good Practices of Civil-Military Relations in the EU
Peace support operations: The past and the future. Papers of the Ankara Seminar

Background reading


Sponsored by

Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Duration

1 December 2006 - 30 November 2009

In Co-operation with

Turkey, Istanbul: Istanbul Policy Centre (IPC) Contact person: Prof. Dr Ahmet Evin Email: ipc@sabanciuniv.edu Website: http://ipc.sabanciuniv.edu