Monday, 22 October 2018, 19:00 – 21:00
Central Library Vienna - Am Gürtel
Urban-Loritz-Platz 2a, 1070 Vienna
Historian and author, Istanbul/Marburg
Jurists and Member of HDP in the Turkish Parliament, Ankara
Ilker Ataç, Political Scientist, RheinMain University in Wiesbaden/VIDC
Welcome and book launch:
Michael Fanizadeh, VIDC und Volkan Ağar, taz gazete
Languages: Turkish and German with simultaneous interpretation
A ’new’ Turkey – this is what the The Justice and Development Party (AKP) and president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wanted to achieve. After the failed military coup of July 2016 which resulted in a state of emergency being declared, the implementation of a new presidential system and a victory in the early parliamentary elections on 24th June 2018, Erdoğan seemed to have reached the pinnacle of his ascent to power. In the same month, the opposition obtained almost half of the popular vote in the elections, despite very limited possibilities for assemblies as well as restricted freedom of press and expression.
During this event, panellists will address the question of how will things pan out for the ‚new‘ Turkey. What role did the Fethullah Gülen movement play in the coup attempt? How stable is the AKP Nationalist Movement Party (NHP) coalition when it comes to political homogeneity, secularism and Islamism? What about the Kurdish question? What about the rifts amongst Islamists? How can Turkey’s development into a dictatorship be prevented?
During the panel discussion, the book, of the same title, by Mandelbaum Publishers (ed .: Ilker Ataç, Michael Fanizadeh, Volkan Ağar, VIDC) will be presented. The text presents 16 alternative perspectives of the ‘new’ Turkey. For more informationen about the book.