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Keyman Visiting Speakers

On Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 Keyman Modern Turkish Studies presented “Nagorno Karabakh in Perspective: Roots and Directions of Conflict,” a panel discussion with Thomas de Waal, Senior Fellow Carnegie Europe and Laurence Broers, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House; Caucasus programme director at Conciliation Resources. Moderated by Anoush Tamar Suni, Keyman Postdoctoral Fellow.

Thomas de Waal is a senior fellow with Carnegie Europe, specializing in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus 
region. He is the author of numerous publications about the region. The second edition of his book The Caucasus: An Introduction (Oxford University Press) was published in 2018. He is also the author of Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide (Oxford University Press, 2015) and of the thomas de waalauthoritative book on the Nagorny Karabakh conflict, Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War (NYU Press, second edition 2013). He co-authored (with Carlotta Gall) the book Chechnya: Calamity in the Caucasus (NYU Press, 1997), for which the authors were awarded the James Cameron Prize for Distinguished Reporting.

Laurence Broers is the Caucasus programme director at London-based peacebuilding organization Conciliation Resources. He has more than 20 years’ experience as a researcher of conflicts in the South Caucasus and laurence broerspractitioner of peacebuilding initiatives in the region. He is the co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of Caucasus Survey, the first dedicated scholarly journal for the Caucasus region, published since January 2015 by Taylor & Francis. He is also the author of Armenia and Azerbaijan: Anatomy of a Rivalry (Edinburgh University Press, 2019) and co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of the Caucasus (Routledge 2020) and Armenia’s Velvet Revolution: Authoritarian Decline and Civil Resistance in a Multipolar World (I.B. Tauris, 2020). 

On Wednesday, September 16th, 2020, Keyman Modern Turkish Studies hosted a webinar, “The Eastern Mediterranean in Uncharted Waters: Preventing a Crisis in the Making," with Keyman Visiting Speaker Dr. Ioannis N. Grigoriadis, (Bilkent University, and Keyman Visiting Professor, 2018-19). Dr. Grigoriadis presented and took questions on the subject. Introduction by İpek K. Yosmaoğlu, Keyman Program Director.

Dr. Grigoriadis discussed regional political developments and growing tensions between Greece and Turkey. He explained, since the Arab uprisings, the Levant and the Mashreq have become two of the world’s most volatile regions, and this volatility has recently moved to the waters of the Eastern Mediterranean, with the discovery of natural gas reserves in the exclusive economic zones (EEZ) of Cyprus, Egypt and Israel raising interest of global powers and energy companies in the region. Despite the high monetization costs and the CoViD-19 pandemic effect on energy markets, Turkey’s recent exploration activities have posed a significant challenge for regional security, rekindling disputes about the delineation of maritime zones between the littoral states of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Ioannis N. Grigoriadis is an associate professor and the Jean Monnet Chair of European Studies at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Bilkent University. He is also Senior Fellow and Head of the Program on Turkey at the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP). He was recently an IPC-Stiftung Mercator Senior Research Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik-SWP) in Berlin and a Stanley J. Seeger Research Fellow at Princeton University. 


His research interests include late Ottoman and republican Turkish politics and history with a focus on nationalism and democratization. He has published the following books in English: Democratic Transition and the Rise of Populist Majoritarianism: Constitutional Reform in Greece and Turkey (London & New York: Palgrave Springer, 2017), Instilling Religion in Greek and Turkish Nationalism: A “Sacred Synthesis”, (London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), Trials of Europeanization: Turkish Political Culture and the European Union, (London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan,  2009).




The views and opinions expressed within our webinars and other speaking events and presentations are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program.