Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Turkey

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International Conference: "A Civilization Destroyed: The Wealth of Non-Muslims in the Late Ottoman Period and the Early Republican Era"

Hrant Dink Foundation organizes in collaboration with Istanbul Bilgi University, Boğaziçi University History Department and Sabancı University as well as with the support of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Turkey Office an international conference, where socio-economic transformation processes and policies targeting the non-Muslims during the late Ottoman and early Republican Era will be studied from  interdisciplinary perspective. 

The conference will be held on November 20-21 (Friday-Saturday) at the Albert Long Hall at the Southern Campus of Boğaziçi University. 

Please find the conference program and introductory information at the highlighted links. Turkish-English simultaneous translation will be provided during the conference.

The conference will be broadcasted live on the Hrant Dink Foundation website: The conference proceedings will be published later on by the Hrant Dink Foundation Publications. 


International Conference: "A New Middle East: Persistent Authoritarianism(s) or Prospects for Democratization?"

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Turkey Office organizes in cooperation with the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Marmara University an international conference where the recent sociopolitical developments in the Middle East region and in Turkey would be discussed. The conference will be held on November 7-8 (Saturday-Sunday) at Istanbul Martı Hotel at Taksim.

The conference inputs and discussions will be held only in English.  Please find the conference program, short-bios of the speakers and abstracts at the highlighted links.

Due to space limitations, pre-registration is required. Please send an e-mail to for registration and let us know, on which day (or two days) you would participate.



Conference on Knowledge and Politics in Gender and Women's Studies

As it was an international conference with contributions from almost 30 countries, ties could not only be strengthened within the Turkish community, but also internationally. Scheduled were speakers from Turkey as well as from Bangladesh, India, USA, Jemen, Chile, Russia, Kamerun, Japan, Nigeria, Kanada, Taiwan and Pakistan and 16 European countries.

The conference started on Friday 9th of October 2015 with great enthusiasm by the participants and fruitful discussions. On Saturday though, the conference had to be cancelled, as is explained in a statement by the participants:

Due to the vicious bomb attacks on the Peace Rally [in Ankara] that resulted in many deaths and casualties, we have regretfully decided to cancel the remainder of the conference program. We reject and resist those accelerated forces of lawlessness, impunity and provocation that attempt to repress our struggle for peace, equality and dialogue in our troubled geography. Our hearts go out to those who have lost their lives and who have been wounded as well as their families in this hour of grief. Although we have abruptly cancelled our conference that we organised with great dedication, we will continue to resolutely stand for democracy, peace, justice and equality for all.

Click here for the complete report.


International Conference: "Knowledge and Politics in Gender and Women's Studies"

Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (FES) and Middle East Technical University (METU) invites to the International Conference on "Knowledge and Politics in Gender and Women's Studies". The conference is organized by the Gender and Women's Studies Graduate Program to celebrate their 20th anniversary and will take place on October 9-11 at the METU Culture and Congress Center. Click here for more information.


1925-2015 - The FES at 90 

On 2 March the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung celebrated its 90th birthday. Watch the birthday video here.




 Who, what, why are we voting for?

As part of a joint series of events FES, TÜSES, SODEV and KÜYEREL decided to put electoral behavior in the center of their last meeting on 2 May 2015. Prof. Dr. Ersin Kalaycıoğlu from Bahçeşehir University and Bekir Ağırdır, General Manager of KONDA, talked about how and according to which criteria vorters define their preferences.

Click here for the programme.


Safak Pavey on violations against women

Şafak Pavey, a human rights activist and member of Turkey's parliament from CHP, referred herself to the topic ‘violence against women in Turkey’ by a video statement. Here her statement is to be found on English.


‘The Crisis in Ukraine and Its Implications on Turkey’

The Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation has organised in cooperation with the Yaşar University the Mediterranean Research Institute (Akdeniz Araştırma Merkezi) on the 20th of April in Izmir a Panel with the title ‘The Crisis in Ukraine and Its Implications on Turkey’. The speakers of the panel were Eka Tkeshelashvili (former Georgian minister of foreign affairs and chairperson of the Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies), Maryna Vorotnyuk (senior researcher of the National Institute for Strategic Studies in Ukraine), Sergey Utkin (head  of the Department for Strategic Assessment at the Centre for Situation Analysis at the Russian Academy of Sciences) and Alev Kılıç (former ambassador and chairperson of the Centre for Eurasia Studies (AVIM). Click here for the programme.




Who calls? RNHDP ≙ Regional Network for Historical Dialogue and Dealing with the Past 
When? June 8-17, 2015 
Why? To hone practical and conceptual skills to develop a deeper understanding of dealing with the past, and to get in touch with peers and international and non-profit organizations
For Whom? For civil society professionals working in the MENA and Caucasus
What else? The program will cover some costs (including accomodation and airtransport and more)
Which themes? to name several of them: Historical & Truth commissions, Historical Dialogue: Truth, Narrative, Evidence, Comparative Issues for Civil Societies in MENA and Caucasus Region, ... and much more.
Please check the link below to get more information and keep the the deadline for application (April 13th) in mind!…/2015-training-program-appl…/ 


"Talking to Terrorists" - How to End Armed Conflict? 

On April 2nd, Jonathan Powell who was chief British negotiater on Northern Ireland and the journalist Cengiz Candar will discuss within the framework "Talking to Terrorists - How to End Armed Conflict?" (Powell 2014) the matter on the solution process.

The debate will be taking place at Taksim Martı Hotel and is open to all interested. Moreovere, there will be simultaneous interpretations into Turkish and English.



90th Anniversary of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation

On March 2nd, the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, celebrated its 90th anniversary in Berlin. It is the eldest German political foundation and emerged in 1925 after the bitter realization of Friedrich Ebert, President of the first German republic, that convincing the majority of citizens of the values of democracy in the Weimar Era had not been successful. “Democracy needs democrats”—this political legacy of Friedrich Ebert determines the work of the FES up to this day. 

During the ceremony, Federal President Joachim Gauck paid tribute to the work of all political foundations in Germany, especially to FES. He stressed that it has become an “internationally respected institution” through its international cooperation with partners in many countries around the world.  

Aleksander Kwaśniewski, former President of Poland, particularly emphasized the importance of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation in the transformation process of Central and Eastern European countries. He encouraged it to follow this way in the future to strengthen democratic ideas, especially within the young population of transforming countries.


Release of Global Go To Think Tank Index Report

As a launch partner of the 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, we would like to share the same with you. The report was released in different events by 81 organizations in 62 cities in 51 countries worldwide. Please look at the press release for further details.

You can also watch a short introduction by Dr. James McGann from The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania-

The Go To Think Tank Index aims to increase the profile, performance and impact of think tanks, and to create a transnational and interdisciplinary network of centers of public policy excellence. 

We are happy to note that the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung ranks No. 12 of the Top Think Tanks (Non U.S.) in the World. A total of 6,618 Think Tanks have been surveyed. The top ranking Think Tank of Turkey is the “Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation” (TESEV) ranked No. 42 (Non U.S.).


IG Metall passes a resolution in favour of a free and social-minded society that is open to the world

After the terrorist attacks in Paris, the board of the IG Metall adopted the resolution "In favour of a free and social-minded society that is open to the world", which we would like to share. We uploaded the text in english, german and turkish.



Research: Voting behaviour of Euro-Turks in Turkey’s Presidential Election of 2014

Together with a team of researchers of Boğaziçi University, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Turkey Office presented a study on the Voting behaviour of Euro-Turks in Turkey’s Presidential Elections of 2014. The study was conducted under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Nermin Abadan-Unat. It examines the election process and the voting turnout of Euro-Turks during Turkey’s Presidential Elections of 2014. Focusing on Germany, the research’s aim is to understand the voting behaviour of Turks living abroad. The study provides an insight into cultural, educational, religious and gender differences among the voters and presents explanations for turnout rates and party affiliations. Please find the research findings here in English and Turkish

Global Think Tank Summit Geneva

Leading Think Tanks from all over the world participated in the “Global Think Tank Summit 2014” that took place from the 4th to 6th December 2014 Geneva. Please find details in the program or on the website of the conference.

The conference was directly followed by a planning meeting of Think Tanks from the Middle East and Northern Africa hosted by FES and the University of Pennsylvania. The meeting was aimed at better regional networks and to respond to the diverse challenges together. In 2015 a regional summit meeting will take place in Turkey. 

Partner Publication: Surplus of İstanbul

The compilation book “Surplus of İstanbul” as being the result of a one-year-long video study of Artıkişler Collective on waste collectors and recyclers mainly in Beyoğlu and Ümraniye, will be presented on 29 November 2014 18:30 at Otonom Yayıncılık.

The book encapsulates Artıkişler Collective’s observations, experiences and reflections on themes such as waste, garbage, city, labor and video; as well as texts discussing ethnicity, video presentation, identity of the researcher, urban surplus, urban transformation in diverse contexts.
Language: Turkish and English
Autors: İrfan Aktan, Ali Saltan, Oktay Ince, Ezgi Koman, Ulus Baker, David Harvey, Yaşar Çabuklu, Sibel Yardımcı, Pelin Tan, Artıkişler Kolektifi

The event will be held in Turkish

Otonom Yayıncılık
Firuzağa Mah. Çukurcuma Cad. Yazıcı Çıkmazı No:2 Beyoğlu, İstanbul
(Masumiyet Müzesi yanı)

Date: 29 Kasım Cumartesi, 18.30

Further information:

Media Barometer Turkey 

FES presented the first „Media Barometer Turkey“ on 25 November 2014 in Istanbul. The Media Barometers are home-grown analyses to gauge the status of freedom of expression and of the media in various countries. Please find the 2014 Turkey report here in Turkish and English.

Press Conference: Media Barometer: A Home Grown Analysis of the Media Landscape in Turkey

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Turkey Office is honoured to present the first „Media Barometer Turkey“ on 25 November 2014 from 11:00 - 12:30 at Cezayir Restaurant (Hayriye Caddesi 12, Galatasaray, Beyoğlu , İstanbul). The Media Barometers are home-grown analyses to gauge the status of freedom of expression and of the media in various countries. Please click here for the program.

 Konference: Seated Gate - Conference on the Prospects of the Turkey Armenian Border

"Seated Gate - Conference on the Prospects of the Turkey Armenian Border" will be held from 22 to 23 November 2014, at Aziz Köklü Hall, Ankara University Cebeci Campus. The Conference is prepared in collaboration between Hrant Dink Foundation and Ankara University Politics Department with contributions of Friedrich Ebert Turkey Office. There will be a live broadcast on in Turkish, Armenian and English. Please click here for the conference program. 

'Gender Equality in the Academia: Best Practices'

At the international symposium ‘Gender Equality in the Academia: Best Practices’, commemorating the 100th year of women in higher education in Turkey, scientists, activists, authors, students and representatives of women’s organizations, research centres and the economic sector from Turkey, Austria, Denmark, Italy, UK, Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, USA and Germany discussed best practices examples of gender equality measures and promotion of women in different research landscapes. During the conference strengths and weaknesses of the different strategies presented were analysed and their applicability in the Turkish context was considered. Prospects and obstacles of female career tracks in the academia, conditions of research promotion and funding, that frequently put women at a disadvantage, and paths and opportunities of institutional and structural change at universities were the subjects at the focus of attention. Significant aspects of these debates were for instance mentoring and recruiting instruments addressing young female scientists, possibilities of increasing representation of women in university upper management boards, and a more women-friendly work-life-balance in the academia. Another important part was calling scientific criteria into question that only appear objective but are forms of subtle discrimination against women or even make access to certain promotions and positions for women impossible. Besides many panels, workshops and presentations the conference’s participants were given the possibility of informal exchange.

Directed at high ranking representatives of university management boards, ministries of science and family, parliament, student’s associations, trade unions, NGOS, higher council of education and the media a catalogue of demands and requirements on a more gender-inclusive scientific landscape in Turkey will be worked out as an output of the conference.

Please find further information on the conference on the website of the Sabancı- University’s Gender Forum:

FES Publication: Turkey and the G20 Development Agenda

The latest issue of ‘Turkey Analyses’ headed with the title ‘Turkey and the G20 Development Agenda’ is the summary of a Roundtable held on 26 June 2014 in Istanbul hosted by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) as well as by the Center of International and Economic Studies (CIES) of Kadir Has University. The Roundtable was initiated in advance of the Australian handover to the Turkish presidency on 1 December 2014. This Roundtable was aimed at initiating domestic discussion represented by a cross-section of interests on the guiding questions of Turkey’s development assistance and its possible impact on Turkey’s G20 hosting as well as at identifying points of review in greater detail for future policy recommendations. The policy brief you can find here as a result of the Roundtable focuses on the main guiding questions and summarizes the discussion’s outcome, however introduces also working recommendations regarding how Turkey’s G20 presidency may contribute to the development of its international donor role. 

Panel: Themes of Conflict in Middle Eastern Democracies: A Comparative Perspective from Israel and Turkey 

The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute (VLJI), Kadir Has University Middle East Research Center (MARC) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Turkey office will organize a two-day workshop on "Themes of Conflict in Middle Eastern Democracies: A Comparative Perspective from Israel and Turkey." The workshop which will take place in Istanbul at November 6th, 2014, will bring together academicians, politicians and NGO representatives from Israel and Turkey. In the panel, alternative politics will be discussed comparetively on the grounds of majoritarian democracy, representation of grass-roots politics and conflict resolution in social conflicts. The panel will be held in English. Please click here for the program.

We kindly request from participants to write a mail to until November the 5th, Wednesday, 12.00 am.

Panel: Migration and Literature - Reflections of the "Armenian Deportation" on Literature


The panel "Reflections of the "Armenian Deportation" on Literature will be held at Istanbul Bilgi University, santralIstalbul Campus (E3-103) in 7th November 2014, with contributions by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. The panel will be featured by Ragıp Zarakolu (moderator), Fethiye Çetin, Halil İbrahim Özcan, Gülçiçek Güner Tekin and Zülküf Kışanak. There will be imultaneous translation in English and Turkish. Please click here for the Program.

FES Publication: "Demokratik bir yerel yönetim mümkün mü?"

FES Turkey Office has released a new publication on the question that whether a democratic local administration is possible. The handbook is for young Turkish citizens, calling them for a more active engagement in local politics and in decision-taking processes. The publication is in Turkish and available both online and as hard copy for everyone. 

International Symposium on Gender Equality in the Academia: Best Practices

Commemorating the 100th year of women in higher education in Turkey an international Symposium on Gender Equality in the Academia will be held in Kadıköy Minerva Palas from 6 to 8 November, in İstanbul. In the symposium, where Şirin Tekeli gives an opening speech, gender roles in the academia will be discussed by academicians coming from a wide array of institutions located in various countries such as the UK, Germany, Italy, Danemark, Czech Republic and Turkey. The focus would be on the best practices and solution proposals on the issue of gender equality. Please click here for the symposium program.

Urban&Social Transformation and Human Security

The roundtable conference "Urban&Social Transformation and Human Security" that we have organized with Helsinki Citizens Assembly Turkey was held in Friday, 17th Oktober,2014 at Beyoğlu Municipality Youth Center. For further information, the program of the meeting is here (Turkish).

Annual Report: European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (EBCO)

The Counsel Meeting of European Bureau for Conscientious Objection (2014/2) will take place from October 9-11, in Istanbul. During the meeting, the report "Conscientious Objection to Military Service in Europe 2014" will be announced. The report will underline recent developments in the exercise of the right of conscientious objection in many countries, including Turkey. 

A Press Conference will be held in 11.00 Friday, October 10th, 2014 at Cezayir, Istanbul. Where representatives of EBCO members, conscientious objectors in Turkey, journalists, parliamentarians will attend.

The event of our partner organization "Vicdani Ret Derneği" is open to all who are interested in conscientious objection. The program is here (in Turkish). There will be simultaneous translation during the press conference.

Partner Publications: Middle Eastern Politics - Transformation and Conflict


A brief report of the conference that we have organized together with Middle East Technical University from 13-14 November 2013 is published. Please click here to read the publication.

"One Year of Resistance – Gezi, Society and Science", June 14, 2014, Istanbul

One year has passed since the Gezi-Protests, the political agenda of Turkey, however, continues to be intensely debated and evaluated. In order to make contribute to these debates and analyzes, we as FES in cooperation with the Association of Sociology Graduates (SOMDER) organized the international conference entitled "One Year of Resistance – Gezi, Society and Science". During the one-day event at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University speakers from Greece, England and Turkey analyzed the origins, manners and consequences of the Gezi-Protests from different perspectives and made comparisons with other protest movements of the recent past. In the following intense discussion, more than 100 guests exchanged their views and shared their ideas with the experts and debated and assessed the impacts of the Gezi-Protests on politics, society and science. Please find the program of the conference here

"The impact of the Presidential Elections on the Parliamentary System", May 30, 2014

In an atmosphere in which the political environment is as heated and polarized as rarely seen before, Turkey will for the first time directly elect its president in August. It is a commonly shared view that these elections will have a strong impact on Turkish politics. In order to scrutinize this issue in more detail, FES Turkey in cooperation with our partner organizations TÜSES and KÜYEREL will hold a conference (in Turkish) on the upcoming presidential elections on May 30, 2014 from 2:00 to 6:00 pm at Taxim Hill Hotel. Please find the program of the event here.

Workshop on "New Media and the (Im)possibilities of Control", May 9-10, 2014

With the support of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung the Bahçeşehir University’s New Media Department (Faculty of Communication) organized the workshop "New Media and the (Im)possibilities of Control", which was held from 9th to 10th of May 2014. Several scientists working on New Media at different universities in Norway, the USA and Turkey as well as Journalists participated in the various workshop sessions. Please find the program and the invitation here.

"Gendered Memories of War and Political Violence" Young Researchers Conference, April 25 - 27, 2014, Istanbul

From 25th to 27th April the Sabancı University Gender and Women's Studies Forum, the Istanbul Policy Center and the Central European University with the support of FES Turkey organized the Young Researchers Conference on "Gendered Memories of War and Political Violence". Among the participants were students, young researchers, activist, academics and artists from Argentina, Morocco, Finland, England, Spain, Kenya and participants from other international universities. Further information about the event can be found in the conference program, the abstracts of the presentations, on the Facebook profile of the conference as well as in an article (in Turkish) published by

"Hidden Histories of Cities - Abandoned City: Istanbul’s Armenian Past" Panel, April 25, 2014, Istanbul

Within the panel series "Hidden Histories of Cities" organized by Columbia Global Centers Turkey and Studio-X Istanbul on April 25, 2014 a panel entitled "Abandoned City: Istanbul’s Armenian Past" took place. During the event participants and speakers discussed the the role of Armenians and their legacy in Istanbul's history, the difficult experiences of Armenians who fled from Anatolia to Istanbul after 1915, the confiscation of armenian property and the current situation of armenian foundations as well as Istanbul's role in armenian literature and current political developments in the Turkish-Armenian normalization process. For further information about the work of Columbia Global Centers in Turkey please click here.

"2014 Local Elections Videorama"

Before the local elections in Turkey Bianet asked inhabitants of 15 cities what kind of city they would like to live in. With the support of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung this video-series entitled "2014 Yerel Seçim Videoraması" (2014 Local Elections Videorama) is published on Bianet's Website. Even though the elections are over, what people wish for their own cities remains up-to-date. You can watch the videos on Bianet’s website.

"Writing Women’s Lives", April 19-20, 2014

From 19th to 20th April 2014 the Women’s Library and Information Centre Foundation (WLICF) in cooperation with the Yeditepe University and with the support of FES organized the international symposium “Writing Women's Lives: Auto/Biography, Life Narratives, Myths and Historiography” which was held in Istanbul (Yeditepe University). Numerous national and international participants presented 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 FES and SODEV (Sosyal Demokrasi Vakfı) were jointly organizing a panel discussion at the Taxim Hill Hotel about the results of the recent local elections. Young researchers analyzed the election results from their perspective and discussed their forecasts for the future. The event was open to the public. You can find the program here

"Turkey between Elections: Peace, Reforms and Stability", April 9, 2014 Berlin, April 10, 2014 Brussels

In the panels titled “Turkey between Elections: Peace, Reforms and Stability,” which were organized by TESEV Democratization Program, FES Turkey, FES Berlin and FES Brussels between April 9-10, 2014, the results of the March 2014 local elections in Turkey were discussed. Furthermore meetings between the turkish participants and experts on EU-Turkey relations took place in Berlin and Brussels. At the panel held in Berlin, Etyen Mahçupyan, Cevdet Akçay, Osman Can from the AK Party, Gülseren Onanç from the CHP and Meral Danış Beştaş from the BDP took part as speakers. At the roundtable meeting in Brussels, Etyen Mahçupyan, Cevdat Akçay, Yasin Aktay from the AK Party, Gülseren Onanç and Özgür Sevgi Göral from the BDP took part as speakers. You can find further information about the topics of the panels and meetings in TESEV’s report.

"Turkey after the storm - Analyzes of the elections and their aftermath", April 5, 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. The audio recordings of the first and the second parts of the event are available.

"The Last Exiles of Istanbul" Panel, March 15, 2014 Istanbul

Within the framework of the exhibition "20 Dollar, 20 Kilo" the Institute for Independent Research, Information and Communication (BABIL) with the support of FES Turkey organized a panel discussion entitled “The Last Exiles of Istanbul”, which was attended by over 200 participants. During the event, which took place in the Depo, the fate of the Greek population and their relatives who were expelled from Turkey after 1964, their experiences in 50 years of exile, the demands and expectations of the Istanbul Greeks, the historical and political circumstances of that time as well as examples of Anti-Greek propaganda in the Turkish media were discussed. For the video of Rıdvan Akar’s TV-broadcasting about "The Last Exiles of Istanbul" please click here.

Second seminar of the young leaders program "Genclerle Yeni Yollar Yeni Sürecler", March 15-16, 2014

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", March 5, 2014

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” took place in Istanbul. The conference was 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 discussed 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 presented and debated their own papers, analyzed changes in conceptions of citizenship in the Mediterranean region as well as opportunities and barriers of political participation and discussed in plenary sessions with experts visions for the future. This enabled 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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