Conference “Turkey: Continuities, Wars and Kurdish Perspectives”

Saturday, 30.01.2021
1-5 pm (CET)

in cooperation with the Volkshochschule Köln and Civaka-Azad – Kurdish Centre for Public Relations

The topic

Conflicts, wars and controversies continue to dominate Turkey. The military activities and interventions of the ruling alliance of AKP and MHP under President Erdoğan are contrasted above all by Kurdish perspectives.

With the symposium, we want to take an in-depth look at the developments in Turkey in the AKP era, their regional and international effects and connotations as well as possible alternatives.

The first part of the conference will focus on AKP policies and the Kurdish question.

The second part will deal with Turkey in the context of the Middle East, which is marked by multifactorial conflict lines, and the Kurds as one of the central actors in the region.

In addition to an analysis of the current situation, the conference will use the example of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and the Democratic Administration of Northern and Eastern Syria to show perspectives for overcoming the wars and crises.

The programme

13:00 – 13:30 Opening speech

13:30 – 15:00 Debate
Focus Turkey: Conflicts, Contrasts, Compromises

Alp Kayserilioğlu, political scientist & writer, Berlin
AKP Era: Continuities, Controversies and Wars.

Münevver Azizoğlu-Bazan, Social Scientist, University of Bremen
The Kurdish question: problems, paradigms and perspectives

Moderation: Ismail Küpeli, Political Scientist, University of Cologne

15:00 – 15:30 Break

15:30 – 17:00 Interview
Turkey, the Middle East and the Kurds: Narratives, sustainability and realignment

Feleknas Uca, HDP MP, Turkey
Ziya Pir, former HDP MP, Germany

Moderation: Dilan Karacadağ, journalist, Frankfurt a.M.