3 June 2009
Presentation of new ESI Report in Istanbul: Turkey's soft power, Armenia's isolation and the debate on genocide
Cengiz Candar, Gerald Knaus, Nigar Goksel, Amberin Zaman
Cengiz Candar – Gerald Knaus – Nigar Goksel – Amberin Zaman

Cengiz Candar,
Gerald Knaus,
Nigar Goksel,
Amberin Zaman

Limited seating - prior confirmation REQUIRED - please contact Ekrem Güzeldere (istanbul@esiweb.org)

on Wednesday, 3 June 2009, at 14:00


After Islamic Calvinists, Sex and Power in Turkey, and ESI's film on Truth, fear and hope in Istanbul, ESI has now published an analysis of one of the most complex chapters of Turkey's relationship with its neighbours, and with its allies in the West: Noah's Dove Returns:  Armenia, Turkey and the Debate on Genocide. This report is now available also in Turkish and Armenian.

Turkey continues to make considerable efforts to fight international recognition of the Armenian genocide. ESI argues that this is a battle that Turkey cannot win. At the same time, it is clear that modern-day Turkey is not legally responsible for genocidal acts committed nearly a century ago, and that acknowledging the genocide would not bring into question the established Turkish-Armenian border.

Hosted by Bilgi University, we hope to have a lively debate on these issues after brief comments by Ural Aküzüm, ARI Movement Chairman, Gerald Knaus, ESI chairman, Amberin Zaman, Turkey correspondent for The Economist, Cengiz Çandar, Columnist for Radikal, and Nigar Göksel, ESI Senior Analyst.


Please note that this event will be in English language



Wednesday, 3 June 2009


14:00 - 16:00


Bilgi Üniversitesi Dolapdere Kampüsü Mütevelli Heyeti
Toplantı Odası


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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com