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“Writing Women’s Lives”, April 19-20, 2014

The Women’s Library and Information Centre Foundation (WLICF) in cooperation with the Yeditepe University and with the support of FES is organizing the international symposium “Writing Women's Lives: Auto/Biography, Life Narratives, Myths and Historiography” which will be held in Istanbul (Yeditepe University) from 19th to 20th April 2014. Numerous national and international participants will present their papers from a broad, interdisciplinary field of women's life writing including biography and autobiography, letters, diaries, memoirs, family histories, case histories and other ways in which women's lives have been recorded. Please find the invitation here and the program of the conference here. For further information please also visit the event’s website.

“What to do after the elections?”, April 12, 2014

On the 12th of April 2014 from 14.30 - 18.00 FES and SODEV (Sosyal Demokrasi Vakfı) are jointly organizing a panel discussion at the Taxim Hill Hotel about the results of the recent local elections. Young researchers will analyze the election results from their perspective and discuss their forecasts for the future. The event is open to the public. You can find the program here

"Turkey after the storm - Analyzes of the elections and their aftermath", 5th of April 2014

On the 5th of April 2014 the FES Turkey and TÜSES (Türkiye Sosyal, Ekonomik, Siyasi Araştırmalar Vakfı) were jointly organizing a panel discussion about the recent local elections, their results and consequences. The event which took place in the Istanbul Point Hotel Barbaros focused on a social democratic perspective. The speakers Prof. Dr. Ersin Kalaycıoğlu, Prof. Dr. Burhan Şenatalar and Vural Çakır analyzed the election results based on their research and own observations and furthermore shared their expectations and appraisals of upcoming developments in Turkey. Particularly the lectures about voting behavior and priorities of voters were of special interest for the audience. The future of political parties and politicians was one of the intensively debated topics in the following discussion. Audio recordings of the event will be shortly available on our website.

Second seminar of the young leaders program "Genclerle Yeni Yollar Yeni Sürecler"

From 15-16th March 2014 the second seminar of the FES young leaders program “Genclerle Yeni Yollar Yeni Sürecler” was held in Istanbul. Together with their trainers the 20 participants worked on gender topics and gender equality and discussed problems of women and LGBTI's as well as political participation and the local elections. Hülya Gülbahar, Büşra Ersanlı and Berkin İnan as well as Deniz Şapka from ‚Spod‘ and Şule und Ömer Ceylan from ‚Listag’ were strongly appreciated guests of the seminar. 

"Sexual discrimination, harassment and violence at universities", 5th of March

On the occasion of International Women's Day on March 8, the FES Turkey and the Women's Research Center at Istanbul University jointly organized a panel discussion about “Sexual discrimination, harassment and violence at universities”. The event, which took place on the 5th of March 2014, was well attended with about 150 participants. In the first panel discussion representatives of different universities in Istanbul reported about their activities to combat discrimination of women and discussed different strategies and structures against harassment and discrimination at universities with the audience. During the discussion, it became particularly clear that wide-ranging ethical and legal regulations are essential in the combat against assaults and harassment against women.

In the second part of the event representatives of several women’s organizations discussed their campaigns opposing gender based discrimination and violence against women. In order to raise awareness among the general public and university managements a network between the different universities was considered to be crucial. The speakers as wells as the audience also emphasized the importance of information exchange and cooperation between activists and scientists for a successful implementation of measures against assaults and harassments against women. With regard to that, the event was able to contribute to the exchange of experiences and fostered future cooperation between the participants. Please find the program of the event here. 

20th New Faces Conference on "Citizenship and Political Participation in the Mediterranean Region"

From 27th February to 2nd March 2014 the 20th New Faces Conference entitled “Citizenship and Political Participation in the Mediterranean Region” will take place in Istanbul. The conference will be jointly organized by FES Turkey, the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Zeit-Stiftung.

Young Professionals from academia, politics, the media, the private sector, and civil society organizations will discuss current developments and debates around citizenship and political participation in the Mediterranean region. During the three-day conference participants from Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Turkey, Germany, Italy and Spain will present and debate their own papers, analyze changes in conceptions of citizenship in the Mediterranean region as well as opportunities and barriers of political participation and discuss in plenary sessions with experts visions for the future. This will enable cross-country comparisons and exchange of experiences, while establishing a network of young scholars and professionals from North Africa, Turkey, and the EU.

Envisioning a Secure and Independent Afghanistan Post 2014 - Perspectives and Strategies for Constructive Conflict Resolution from the Neighborhood

On 21 and 22 November Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is organizing the 2nd FES Inter-Regional Summit on Afghanistan in Istanbul. The conference is part of our regional project “Envisioning a Secure and Independent Afghanistan Post 2014 – Perspectives and Strategies for Constructive Conflict Resolution from the Neighborhood”. Within the scope of this project, we set up policy groups in  Afghanistan, Central Asia, India and Pakistan who are  engaging in inter-regional Track II dialogues with experts from China, Iran, Russia and Turkey on aspects of peace, stability and economic development in Afghanistan(further information here).

In two public panels we are discussing the perspectives of Germany, the United States and Turkey (please find the program here). 

"Organization and Regulation of Employment Regulations in Transnational Production and Supply Networks"

This new report examines the implementation of Global Framework Agreements (GFAs) negotiated between transnational cooperations (TNCs) and the Global Union Federations (GUFs) in Turkey. It is now online and available for free. To view the PDF click here.

Turkey Analyses "Paving the Way for Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation: A Personal Account"

The new Turkey Analyses entitled "Paving the Way for Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation: A Personal Account" has been published and is available online for free. To view the PDF click here. 

Film Screening and Panel Discussion: "Armenia-Turkey: To Speak, to Know Each Other, to Produce Armenia Turkey Cinema Platform: Joint Projects, Experiences"

The Armenia Turkey Cinema Platform organizes in collaboration with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Turkey and Anadolu Kültür a film screening and panel discussion with participation of the directors Gülengül Altıntaş and Nigol Bezjian on 27th June in Izmir and on 28th June in Çanakkale. Please find the program for Izmir and Çanakkale as well as more details (in Turkish) here.

EU Conference in Istanbul

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung organized from 31st May–1st June in cooperation with SODEV, TÜSES, KÜYEREL and the Center for European Studies at Bilgi University a conference entitled "European Union – But How? Social Democratic – Leftist Perspectives on Europe". Experts from England, Germany, Greece, Hungary and Turkey looked at the presence and future of Europe from a leftist perspective. The panel discussion at noon, at which the leader of the German Social Democratic Party in Baden-Württemberg Nils Schmid held an opening speech, was followed by workshops. To view the program and some pictures please click.

Dr. Ernst Hillebrand Gives Lectures About "The Future of Social Democracy in Europe" 

Dr. Ernst Hillebrand who is the head of division of the department for international political analysis of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Berlin visited Ankara from 29 to 30 May 2013. During his stay he gave lectures on the topic of “The Future of Social Democracy in Europe”. Therefore, the FES in Ankara and the Sosyal Demokrasi Derneği (SDD) invited him to two panel discussions where he spoke with political advisors and members of parliament about this topic. Read more...

Experts Talk About "Gender Well-Being and Budgeting"

From 9th–10th May the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Istanbul Bilgi University hosted two events about "Gender Well-Being and Budgeting". In this context experts from Germany, Italy, Scotland and Turkey shared their experiences and also discussed possibilities for talking about gender sensitive issues, particularly on a local level. Please click here for more details.

Panel Event "Union Rights and Union Organizing"

On 25 March the FES Istanbul hosted in Istanbul in cooperation with the Global Union Federations UNI, IFT and IndustriALL a panel event on the issue of "Union Rights and Union Organizing". About 20 unions presented their campaigns in multinational enterprises and discussed their possibilities of joint actions for the set-up of a strategic supply-chain-management. After the press conference on 26 March the participants visited the picket line of the dismissed DHL workers to show their solidarity.

The statement which has been composed during the conference has been accepted. You can find the program of the event here.

Delegations of the Federal States Visit Turkey

Representatives of several federal states of Germany visited Turkey and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in the past weeks. Thorsten Schäfer- Gümbel who is the chairman of the SPD parliamentary group in Hesse came in the company of a delegation of the state parliament to Turkey to visit the country in the context of the partnership agreement between Hesse and Bursa. Nils Schmid who is vize prime minister of Baden-Württemberg visited Turkey together with a delegation of entrepreneurs at the end of March. The FES Turkey was actively involved in hosting both delegations and organized round table talks and panel discussions. Here you can find a current article which is also published in FES Info. 

Sigmar Gabriel in Turkey

At the end of February the chairman of the SPD Sigmar Gabriel visited together with Hans Peter Bartels (MP and member of the committee of defense) within three days four places in Turkey. Along the way he attended talks with governmental representatives like president Gül, prime minister Erdoğan and the minister for EU affairs Bağiş. He also participated in meetings with the CHP and the BDP. Futhermore, Sigmar Gabriel visited a refugee camp in Kilis at the Syrian border and saw the Patriot unit of the German armed forces which is stationed in Kahramanmaras in the southeast of Turkey. His program was completed through meetings with aid organizations, political analysts and representatives of religious groups. 

Presentation about "TEPAV" by Prof. Dr. Güven Sak

On April, 3 the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Ankara and the Sosyal Demokrat Dergi (SDD) hosted under the auspices of Dr. Aykan Erdemir a round table talk for young professionals working in politics, economy and academics. Highlight of the meeting was a presentation of Prof. Dr. Güven Sak who introduced the work of the independent “TEPAV” think tank which is one of the most influential economic reasearch institutes in Turkey. Read more... 

Visit by an IG Metall Delegation

From 1-4th April a delegation of the IG Metall visited Istanbul and Bursa in order to get informed about trade unions in Turkey and recent trade union laws that were passed in the country. Facility visits at Bosch (Bursa) and Mercedes (Esenyurt/ Istanbul) provided a good opportunity to talk with the employees and to obtain information about trade union activities in the respective companies.

Papandreou Visited Istanbul

On March 2nd, 2013 the former Greek prime minister and chairman of the Socialist International Georgios Papandreou attended a major event of the FES in Istanbul and hold a speech about “The way of the Social Democracy Today and in the Future”. Read more...  

FES Publication: Social State and Social Democracy

The Turkish translation of the publication “Social State and Social Democracy” is published and free available in the FES offices in Ankara and Istanbul. The book is the third one out of our series about social democracy which has been published by the Academy of social democracy. Read more...  

Case Study: Trade Unions in Turkey

After the coup d’état in 1980 the Turkish trade unions were abolished. They never recovered completely from this incident. The deep ideological trenches, an extremely restrictive legislation and a small amount of organization are the characteristics of the trade unions’ weakness. In a study of the FES called “Trade Unions in Turkey” Demet S. Dinler analyzes the situation of the Turkish trade unions and gives recommendations about where the stengthening of the employees’ lobby could start. Read more...

Conference about Freedom of Press

On November 24th, 2012 the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung organized a conference in cooperation with Umut Vakfı, Bianet and Europäischer Journalistenverband. Its topic was “Freedom of press andfreedom of speech in Turkey”. International guests and media professionals analyzed current developments in media and discussed how to prevent negative trends. You can find the program here.  

Conference: "The World in Crisis"

Between 13th and 15th of June 2012 we organized in cooperation with the Middle East Technical University a conference reviewing "The World in Crisis". The main topics affected international relations. Inter alia the focus was on the following issues of international relations: Key players of the global crisis, security threats, global governing, intervention, international social movements, environmental problems and international law. You can find the program here. 

Conference: Local and Regional Governments in the New Constitution

One of the most important topics of the debate about the new Turkish constitution regards a discussion about the restructuring of the work-sharing between the regional governments and the central government. There are questions how the new constitution could improve the local government administrations and how this could affect the Kurdish issue. In this context the FES organized a conference on June 9, 2012 in cooperation with TESEV İyi Yönetişim Programı. You can find the program here. 

Conference: Transborder Feminist Encounters

The women's organization Amargi invited feminists originating from eleven different countries and regions to a conference held in Istanbul from May 26th to 27th 2012. During the event the participants discussed the situation of women in each country as well as in the respective region. Other than from Turkey, the participants originated from countries that have attracted the attention of the global society for a while. Among those were Tunisia, Libya, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, India, Northern Cyprus, Israel and Palestine. The shared motto and wish of the participants is the establishment of peace, meaning the end of warlike confrontations in the mentioned regions. Furthermore it was discussed how a women-friendly policy could be developed and established in order to achieve solidarity across national borders. 

Here you can find the program and the poster of the conference.

More photos are available on our Facebook page.

Conference: Hrant Dink Memorial Workshops "New Forms of Social Resistance"

From 24th to 26th of May 2012 the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung hosted in cooperation with Sabancı Üniversitesi İstanbul Politikalar Merkezi, Hrant Dink Vakfı and Anadolu Kültür Vakfı a conference in Istanbul about the topic "New Forms of Social Resistance". Our international guests exchanged in different pannels their views, among others, about art and resistance, occupation as a form of resistance and public resistance against neoliberalism. You can find the program here.

Turkey’s Energy Policy One Year After Fukushima

On March 9th, 2013 a year after the dramatic nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung hosted a public conference about the future of the Turkish energy policy. Not just the developments of the atomic sector but also the potentials of renewable energies and implementation problems. You can find the program here.

Furthermore the book "Nükleer Enerjinin Sonu Mu?" (English: The End of Nuclear Energy?) was presented during the conference. It has been published by Nina Netzer and Jochen Steinhilber and presents the analyses of regional experts on the reactions on Fukushima in 13 countries. Read more...  


Survey: "Regional Perceptions of Turkey in the Middle East"

Turkey has dramatically expanded its influence in recent years throughout the Mediterranean and beyond, operating as an interlocutor and partner to Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. Understanding Turkey’s role in the region is critical to E.U. and U.S. foreign policy, particularly in the wake of the transformations reshaping the Arab world. “The Perception of Turkey in the Middle East 2012” is a regional public opinion survey conducted in late 2012 in 16 countries across the Middle East and North Africa which illustrates the importance of economic worries which get little attention, details Turkey’s enduring popularity in the Arab world, and confirms persistent anti-American sentiment in much of the region. More Information and also the record of the Presentation can be find here (English). The survey is a cooperation between the FES, TESEV and the Center for American Progress.

Cooperative Publication

The conference publication of the German-Turkish economic cooperation in March 2012 has been published in Antalya. The book is available at the AKVAM of Akdeniz University. 


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