One year on from the failed coup attempt of 15 July, RUSI and TRT World Research Centre are hosting a joint panel event to examine Turkey’s evolving security structures.
Though the coup was thwarted at the cost of 248 dead and 2193 injured, the repercussions are felt in every quarter of Turkish political life. Meanwhile, the Syrian War poses a threat to Turkey’s border security and its regional interests. Because of the perceived increasing radicalisation in northern Syria in particular, a few weeks after the coup Turkey decided to get more heavily involved in the crisis by launching the Operation Euphrates Shield.
This joint panel discussion aims to understand and grapple with Turkey’s changing security environment after last year's coup, the growing threats at home and abroad, and the possible trajectories Turkey might follow in the future.
Professor Gülnur Aybet is Senior Advisor to President Erdogan. Previously she was professor and Head of Department of Political Science and International Relations at Bahçeşehir University. She was founding Head of Department of International Relations at Özyeğin University in 2013-14.
Fatma Ceren Yazgan is Deputy Director for Security Affairs at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She served at the Turkish Embassies in Muscat, Kiev and Moscow as well as at the Turkish Permanent Mission to the OSCE. Ms Yazgan has worked at bilateral political desks (EFTA countries; Americas) as well as at the Directorate for Security and Intelligence.
Dr Ziya Meral is a Resident Fellow at the Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research, a new civilian and military think tank established by the British Army, and the Director of the Centre on Religion and Global Affairs, a London, Beirut and Accra based initiative to offer new policy relevant approaches on the intersection of religion with global affairs.
Resul Serdar is currently Managing Editor of TRT World. He is also the TRT member of the Euronews Editorial Board. From 2012 to 2015 he was the Editor of the Middle East Desk at Al Jazeera.
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