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12th International Conference on “The European Union, Turkey and the Kurds” 26-27/1/2016

Event date: 26 Jan 16 - 27 Jan 16

12th International Conference on “The European Union, Turkey and the Kurds” 26-27/1/2016

Date

26 Jan 16 - 27 Jan 16

Time

9:00 — 17:30

Read the report on the 12th International conference on 'The European Union, Turkey, the Middle East and the Kurd

 

12th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON

"THE EUROPEAN UNION, TURKEY AND THE KURDS"

OLD CRISIS - NEW SOLUTIONS

 

Day 2 Morning

 

Day 2 Afternoon

 

 

 

 

Brussels, European Parliament, 26-27 January 2016

Interpretation available in English, French, German, Dutch, Farsi, Turkish, Spanish, Kurmanci

PATRONS

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu,  Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, South Africa

Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Iran

Bianca Jagger, Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador, Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, UK

Professor Noam Chomsky, Writer, USA

Vedat Turkali, Writer, Turkey

Leyla Zana, European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, Rafto Prize Laureate, Turkey

DAY I , 26 JANUARY 2016

ROOM ASP 1G2

OPENING SESSION 09.00 – 10.30

OPENING REMARKS AND GREETINGS

    •    Prof. Kariane WESTRHEIM, Chair of EUTCC, Professor, University of Bergen, Norway
    •    Ms. Gabi ZIMMER, Chair of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left Group (GUE/NGL)

OPENING SPEECHES AND SPECIAL REMARKS BY

    •    Dr Shirin EBADI, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Iran
    •    Mr. José RAMOS-HORTA, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, former president East-Timor
    •    Ms. Leyla ZANA, European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, Rafto Prize Laureate, Turkey

SESSION I. 10.30 - 13.00
TURKEY - FROM MODEL TO PROBLEM

Moderators
MEP, Marie-Christine VERGIAT, GUE/NGL & Mr. Ilkka UUSITALLO, Former Head of EEAS Middle East Division and former Ambassador and Head of EC Delegation to Iraq

The role of western powers – engaging constructively
    •    Mr. Peter GALBRAITH, Former Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia, US

Turkey’s elections results and the impact for the region and the EU
    •    Mr. Cengiz CANDAR, Journalist, Turkey

The persecution of legitimate freedom of expression
    •    Prof David ROMANO, Middle East Politics, Missouri State University, Dept of Political Science, USA 

For an effective and sustainable Kurdish peace process
    •    Prof. Susan BREAU, University of Reading, Expert on Legal Skills, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, International Humanitarian Law

Turkey's EU road passes through Nicosia?
    •    MEP Takis HADJIGEORGIOU, Vice Chair of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, GUE/NGL Group, Cyprus

For a new political settlement

  • MP Mr Selahattin DEMIRTAS, Co-President of HDP, Member of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Turkey

Questions and discussion with moderators & discussants

Day II, SESSION II, 27 JANUARY 2016, 09.00-12.00
Room JAN 6Q2

EXPLORING NEW POLITICS AND REGIONAL SOLUTIONS

Moderators
Ms. Amberin ZAMAN, Writer, Turkey & Ms. Berivan ASLAN, MP Green Party, Austria

Beyond resistance – building the future
    •    Prof.  Joost JONGERDEN, Wageningen University, the Netherlands

Pre- and Post Kobane and the way for stability  
    •    Mr. Salih MUSLIM, Co-President of PYD, Rojava - Syria

Human Rights, rule of Law and Realpolitik in the region

  • Me Antoine COMPTE, lawyer, France

The role of the United States in promoting peace and stability in the region
    •    Mr. Michael WERZ, Center for American Progress, US

Self-Governance and De-centralisation
    •    Ms Selma IRMAK, Co-president of DTK, Turkey

Removing obstacles to the peace process
    •    Mr. Josef WEIDENHOLZER, Vice-President of the S&D Group, Austria

Questions and discussion with moderators & discussants

SESSION III, 27 JANUARY 2016, 15.30 - 17.30
ROOM ASP 1G2

AGENDA FOR CHANGE: EXPECTATIONS AND ALTERNATIVES

Moderators
Dr Dersim DAGDEVIRAN, KURD-ACAD, Germany & Dr. Thomas SCHMIDINGER, University of Vienna, Austria

Shifting ground – the new strategies and tactics
    •    Lord Hylton, House of Lords, United Kingdom

The leading role of women in civil society and politics
    •    Ms. Yüksel GENC, Turkey

Turkish Media and Kurdish Problem
    •    Mr. Ragip DURAN, Journalist, Turkey

The Kurdish Diaspora as a political force

  • Prof. Mari TOIVANEN, Doctor of Social Science, University of Turku, (Finland)/CADIS-EHESS (Paris, France)

What’s new in the latest crisis in Turkey ?
    •    Mr. Rainer HERMANN, Journalist, Germany

Agenda for change: expectations and alternatives
    •    Mr. Rewar RESID, co-president of KNK (Kurdistan National Congress)


Questions and discussion with moderators & discussants

DAY II, 27 JANUARY 2016, ROOM, 17.30 -18.30

RESOLUTION AND FINAL REMARKS

BY EUTCC BOARD MEMBERS

Dr. Dersim DAGDEVIRAN, KURD-AKAD, Germany
Prof. Joost JONGERDEN, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
Prof. Michael GUNTER, Tennessee Technological University, US
Prof. Kariane WESTRHEIM, University of Bergen, Norway

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