ISA 2013, San Francisco, Panel “Europeanization and Reform in Turkey: A Success Story of Interntional Norm Diffusion?”

FD23: Friday 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Panel Europeanization and Reform in Turkey: A Success Story of International Norm Diffusion?

Chair Birol A. Yesilada, Portland State University

Disc. Thomas Diez, University of Tuebingen

The Politics of International Diffusion: Regional and Global Dimensions (Theme)


  • Political Economy of Public Policy Reform in Pre‐Accession States: The Case of Monetary Policy and Governance in Turkey-H. Tolga Bolukbasi, Bilkent University
  • Is the End of Conditionality the End of Europeanization and Reform in Turkey?-Paul Kubicek, Oakland University
  • Domestic Factors on Transformative Power of EU on Turkey-The role of Civil society Selcen Öner, Bahçesehir University (Istanbul)
  • Europeanization Starts, Domestic Actors Continue? The Case of Turkey’s Immigrtion and Asylum Policies, Saime Ozcurumez, Bilkent University
  • Zooming into the “Domestic” in Europeanization: Promotion of Minority Rights and Fight against Corruption in Turkey, Digdem Soyatin, Freie Universität Berlin & Gozde Yilmaz,  Free University Berlin
  • Europeanization of Security Sector Reform in Turkey: The Impact of Informal Institutions, Ayca Uygur, University of Copenhagen

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CFP: The more they change… Change in the EU and its impact on neighbouring countries

CFP The more they change… Change in the EU and its impact on neighbouring countries

9-11 October 2014; Atılım University Ankara, Turkey


In times of crisis, reform within and beyond the EU has been as pressing as ever. Have the internal dynamics in workings of the EU had an impact on countries in the neighbourhood, particularly those which seek accession? Current five candidate countries for EU accession, as well as further countries in the Western Balkan countries that have been offered the prospect of EU membership are in the focus of monitoring, assessing these countries’ capacity to fulfil economic and political criteria, and ensure societal stability much like countries in previous enlargement waves. Do dynamics internal to the EU impact on candidate and perspective candidate countries and their reactions to changes suggested by the EU? How are those countries sitting in the EU’s ‘waiting room’ interact with the changing interpretation of EU conditionality? Do accession and candidate countries push for reforms even though the nature of conditionality has changed? What role do other international organisations (e.g. Council of Europe, OSCE, NATO) play in drawing candidate states closer to EU? What role do other options available for countries in the European neighbourhood play in variant interpretation of norms projected by the EU upon accession states, candidates and neighbours? Has the nature of the Europeanisation process changed since the start of the economic crisis in Europe? What consequences can we expect for the ability of the EU to deal with future challenges of integration should current accession, candidate or neighbouring states become members?


Debate on how accession, candidate and neighbouring states deal with the changing nature of EU conditionality and respond to the changing perception about the role of the EU on the continent is overdue for refining the self-perceptions of Euro-critical/-sceptic publics in the EU proper. We invite papers that discuss how accession, candidate and neighbouring states deal with the changing nature of EU conditionality, re-shape processes of Europeanisation, address challenges of interacting with sets of international organisations and respond to the changing perception about the role of the EU on the continent. We particularly welcome papers that reflect on one of the above questions by using case or comparative studies. Early/mid-career scholars and PhD students working on topics related to those outlined above are particularly encouraged to apply.


Profs Tanja Börzel and Thomas Risse (FU Berlin) will deliver a keynote speech at the conference. Selection of the papers presented at the conference will be submitted as a special issue to a journal on European politicsSome assistance (costs of accommodation) will be made available to support attendance for early career researchers/PhD students presenting papers. Meals and refreshments will be available for all participants.


Timeline / organisation: Paper proposals of no more than 500 words, complete with author contact details and institutional affiliation, should be submitted via by August 22. Successful applicants will be notified by August 31 2014.


The workshop is organised by the UACES CRN Centrifugal Europe jointly with the Atılım University Ankara (Turkey) and Queen’s University Belfast (UK). If you have any questions, please email Timofey Agarin  as well as Gözde Yilmaz


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New Article: EU Conditionality Is Not the Only Game in Town! Domestic Drivers of Turkey’s Europeanization by Gözde Yılmaz in Turkish Studies (2014)


Despite the weakened push by the European Union (EU) conditionality across time, Turkey’s Europeanization process continues in a number of areas selectively. Focusing on such a puzzling trend, this article critically examines the role of EU conditionality on Turkey’s Europeanization and unpacks domestic drivers of change. The article explores the impact of grassroots actors −Turkish civil society organizations, business interest groups, media and political parties− on domestic change in the last decade and argues that continuing reforms in many areas in an era of limited EU-push are influenced by domestic actors.

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CfP: Contemporary Turkey at a Glance II – Turkey Transformed? Power, History and Culture / October 18 & 19, 2014 / Istanbul Bilgi University

The European Institute at Istanbul Bilgi University, Network Turkey, London School of Economics, and Istanbul Policy Center invite young scholars to apply for the international conference Contemporary Turkey at a Glance II – Turkey Transformed? Power, History and Culture which will take place on October 18 & 19, 2014 at Istanbul Bilgi University.


Recent political developments in Turkey have raised the question to what extent the last decades have witnessed a real transformation of the power structures that shape society. Has the country’s political culture moved beyond modes of hierarchical engagement between the state and its citizens? Are we witnessing the rise of new forms of state action or a return to 20th century authoritarianism? In this context, the transformative impact and lasting power of the Gezi movement must be critically assessed. The international conference will provide a platform for a critical and interdisciplinary debate on a changing Turkey.


The event will bring together some of the most important institutions, organizations, and scholars from Europe and Turkey committed to the study of modern Turkey. The papers accepted to the conference will be presented and discussed during the following sessions:


Turkey and its Neighbors – Chair: Senem Aydın Düzgit (Istanbul Bilgi University)

Democratization and Institutional Reform – Chair: Fuat Keyman (Istanbul Policy Center at Sabanci University)

Public Space and Contestation – Chair: Ayfer Bartu Candan (Boğaziçi University)

Diasporas and Transnationalism – Chair: Ayhan Kaya (Istanbul Bilgi University)

Historical Perspectives – Suraiya Faroqhi (Istanbul Bilgi University)

Political Economy – Chair: Çağlar Keyder (Boğaziçi University)

Identities and Transgressions: Religion, Ethnicity, Sexuality – Chair: Esra Özyürek (London School of Economics)

Rule of Law – Chair: Kerem Altıparmak (Ankara University)


The deadline for applications is June 30, 2014.



The papers that are accepted will not only be presented during the conference, but may also be published in Contemporary Turkey at a Glance II – Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Transformation of Power, History, and Culture in Turkey, depending on both the applicants’ wishes, as indicated in the applications form, and the editors’ choices. The volume will be edited by Esra Özyürek and Meltem Ersoy. Summarizing the outcome of the event, the publication will comprise a snapshot of the current state of contemporary research on Turkey from an interdisciplinary perspective. The deadline for registration as a participant is September 30, 2014.


Please send your registration, application and/or questions to: Meltem Ersoy, Conference Coordinator (Email: Find further details attached or here. Feel free to share this information with your friends, colleagues, and students.


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The 3rd Annual IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods, National University of Singapore, June 30-July 11, 2014

The 3rd Annual IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods will be held at the National University of Singapore, June 30-July 11, 2014.

This year’s Methods School offers twelve courses in quantitative, qualitative, and formal methods. All courses are taught by highly experienced international faculty and provide participants with rigorous, hands-on training in state-of-the-art research methods.

For more information on the various Methods School courses, financial aid, early registration discounts, and more, visit the website ( or contact

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Zooming into the ‘Domestic’ in Europeanization: Promotion of Fight against Corruption and Minority Rights in Turkey by Yilmaz and Soyaltin 2014

2014. Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies 16 (1): 11-29

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Special Issue: The Devil is in the Domestic? European Integration Studies and the Limits of Europeanization in Turkey

2014. Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies 16 (1)

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European International Studies Association (EISA) Workshop: ‘Encountering Europe in an Era of Democratic Stagnation in Turkey’, May 21-24, 2014, Convenors: Alper Kaliber, Istanbul Bilgi University, and Senem Aydin Duzgit, Istanbul Bilgi University

The European International Studies Association (EISA) is organising the second European Workshops in International Studies together with local hosts Gediz University in Izmir from 21 to 24 May 2014. Alper Kaliber and Senem Aydin Duzgit are convening a Workshop entitled ‘Encountering Europe in an Era of Democratic Stagnation in Turkey’ where they invite proposals for papers. The workshop will assess the current state of Turkey’s relations with Europe and the EU with a particular emphasis on their domestic implications in Turkey. The workshop also seeks to answer the following and related questions: can any correlation be established between the retreat of Europeanization and the erosion of the democratic credentials of the regime in Turkey? Can Turkish society’s growing suspicion on the EU membership be taken to mean that Turkey is distancing itself from Europe? Do national political and societal actors in Turkey still need European values, norms and institutions to explain and promote their political agenda? How does Turkey’s growing distance with Europe impact on Turkey’s foreign policy in its wider neighbourhood?


The deadline for paper proposals is 15 December 2013. Proposals MUST be submitted via the EISA website. Applicants will be notified about the outcome of the selection process by 20 January 2014.


Further details, including the workshop description and a link to the proposal website, are available at

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Yilmaz, Gozde “It Is Pull-and-Push that Matters for External Europeanization! Explaining Minority Policy Change in Turkey” in Mediterranean Politics 2013


Starting with an empirical puzzle, i.e. the variation in minority-related change in Turkey across time, this article aims to uncover the conditions that promote or constrain domestic change and puts forward a comprehensive theoretical framework for external Europeanization. The article draws on current external Europeanization theories and suggests adopting the pull-and-push model of member state Europeanization in external Europeanization. It argues that domestic change – Turkey’s minority policy change in the empirical case – depends on the combination and interaction of EU push and domestic pull factors.
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New Publication by Zeki Sarigil and Omer Fazlioglu: “Religion and ethno-nationalism: Turkey’s Kurdish issue” in Nations and Nationalism


One approach within the Islamic camp treats Islam, which emphasizes overarching notions such as the ‘Islamic brotherhood’ and ‘ummah’, as incompatible with ethno-nationalist ideas and movements. It is, however, striking that in the last decades, several Islamic and conservative groups in Turkey have paid increasing attention to the Kurdish issue, supporting their ethnic demands and sentiments. Even more striking, the leftist, secular Kurdish ethno-nationalists have adopted a more welcoming attitude toward Islam. How can we explain such intriguing developments and shifts? Using original data derived from several elite interviews and a public opinion survey, this study shows that the struggle for Kurdish popular support and legitimacy has encouraged political elites from both camps to enrich their ideological toolbox by borrowing ideas and discourses from each other. Further, Turkish and Kurdish nationalists alike utilize Islamic discourses and ideas to legitimize their competing nationalist claims. Exploring such issues, the study also provides theoretical and policy implications.


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2013 Special Issue: Turkish–US Relations in Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies

Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, Vol. 15, No. 2, 01 Jun 2013 is now available on Taylor & Francis Online.

Editorial Introduction
Turkey–USA Relations in an Age of Regional and Global Turmoil: Challenges and Prospects
Ziya Öniş & Şuhnaz Yılmaz
Pages: 121-128

New Directions in Turkey–USA Relations
Sabri Sayarı
Pages: 129-142

The USA–Turkey–Middle East: From the 20th Century to the Present
Nur Bilge Criss
Pages: 143-156

The Middle East in Turkey–USA Relations: Managing the Alliance
Meliha Benli Altunışık
Pages: 157-173

Turkey and the USA in a Bipolarizing Middle East
Lenore G. Martin
Pages: 175-188

Arab Uprisings and Completing Turkey’s Regional Integration: Challenges and Opportunities for US–Turkish Relations
Kemal Kirişci
Pages: 189-205

Testing the Strength of the Turkish–American Strategic Relationship through NATO: Convergence or Divergence within the Alliance?
Tarık Oğuzlu
Pages: 207-222

Turkey’s Place in the ‘Missile Shield’
Mustafa Kibaroğlu
Pages: 223-236

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