Keele Seminars on Modern Turkey

A New Year agreement was signed between SPIRE, Keele University and the Center for Strategic Research (SAM) of Turkey to organise a series of six seminars a year by visiting speakers, "Keele Seminars on Modern Turkey". 

Turkish Flag The agreement was signed in Keele (January, 2012) by Professor Aras (Chairman of SAM) and Professor Gokay (Head of SPIRE) for SPIRE to host this series in Keele, starting in February 2012.   These seminars are open to all staff and students and there is no charge for admission.

The Center for Strategic Research (SAM) is an international affairs and diplomacy think-tank and research institution in Ankara-Turkey, funded by Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Series one

GLOBAL SHIFT(s):  MENA Uprisings, Turkey and Security

map of europe Speakers:

Vassilis K Fouskas (Richmond University London)

Bulent Gokay (Keele University)


Gilbert Achcar (SOAS University of London)

Wednesday, 23rd January,  2013,  4pm – 6pm

Chancellor's Building: room CBA 2.039

Vassilis and Bulent are the authors of, among others, The Fall of the US Empire (2012) and The New American Imperialism (2005).

Gilbert's work appeared into more than 14 languages including Persian, French, Chinese, Greek, Turkish and Urdu. His forthcoming book is on “the roots and dynamics of the Arab uprising".

Keele Hall Turkey Workshop Turkey's status as a rising power discussed in an international workshop organised in Keele Hall

An international workshop was held on Monday, October 15th, in Keele Hall hosted by School of Politics, International Relations, and Philosophy (SPIRE) in collaboration with the Turkey's Foreign Ministry’s Centre for Strategic Research (SAM). 

Prof. Bulent Gokay(Head of SPIRE), Prof. Bulent Aras(Chairman of SAM), Dr. Tarik Oguzlu from Antalya University, and Dr. Sadik Unay from Yildiz Technical University presented papers on different aspects of Turkey’s  economy and foreign policy as a rising regional power in a troubled neighbourhood.


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in collaboration with SPIRE, Keele University

Programme for:  Keele Seminars on Modern Turkey

series one

Mesut Ozcan

Turkey and the Arab Spring

Speaker: Dr Mesut Ozcan

SAM, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkey

Friday 20 April 2012,

4pm - 6pm

Chancellor's Building: room CBA 1.031

Speaker Biography

Mesut Ozcan Mesut Özcan received his B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Marmara University in 2000 and his M.A. in 2002 from the same institution. He defended his dissertation at the Bo?aziçi University Atatürk Institute in 2007. He studied at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University on the Jean Monnet Master Scholarship in 2005-2006.

He worked as a research assistant at Beykent University between 2000-2005. Özcan was a visiting scholar at Kuwait University’s Department of Political Science in 2009. He worked at Istanbul Ticaret University’s Department of International Relations as an Assistant Professor between 2007 and 2011. Dr. Özcan joined SAM of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as deputy director in September 2011.

He has written three books: Sorunlu Miras Irak (Istanbul: Küre, 2003), Harmonizing Foreign Policy: Turkey, the EU and the Middle East (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008), and Medeniyetler ve Dünya Düzen(ler)i, Mesut Özcan ve Muzaffer ?enel (ed), (Istanbul: Klasik, 2010). He has published articles and book chapters on Turkish Foreign Policy, Middle Eastern Politics and Iraq. He serves on the editorial boards of Insight Turkey, Divan and Perceptions.

Saban Kardas


Reflecting on 60 years of Partnerships

Speaker: Dr. Saban Kardas 

(Tobb University, Turkey)


Tuesday, 28th February 2012


Chancellor's Building, room CBA 1.081

All Welcome

Speaker Biography

Dr Saban Kardas works as Assistant Professor of International Relations in the Department of International Relations at TOBB University of Economics and Technology in Ankara.

He has published scholarly articles and book chapters on Turkish domestic and foreign policies, human rights and international security and has been an occasional contributor to Turkish and international media. He received his doctoral degree in political science from the University of Utah.

He also holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara and a second master’s degree in European Studies from the Center for European Integration Studies in Bonn, Germany. His publications are available here.

Further dates and speakers will be advised.

For further information please contact: Pinar Akpinar

Co-ordinator of Keele Seminars on Modern Turkey, SPIRE, Keele University.