5 May 2011
Public ESI event at the Harvard Kennedy School: Minorities, Justice and the Future of Turkish Democracy
Gerald Knaus – Orhan Kemal Cengiz
Gerald Knaus – Orhan Kemal Cengiz

A round-table discussion on Turkish politics and Turkey's identity with Gerald Knaus (Chairman, European Stability Initiative; Associate Fellow, Carr Center, Harvard Kennedy School) and Orhan Kemal Cengiz (President, Human Rights Agenda Association; lawyer, human rights defender and newspaper columnist)

Never has it been more important to understand where Turkey is going. As a polarized society is gripped by pre-election fever many important questions about the state of its democratization project remain. Join us as we assess this project in light of what recent years have meant for Turkey's minorities.

Gerald Knaus, Chairman of the European Stability Initiative, presented new ESI research on the small community of Christians (Greeks, Protestants, Armenians) and the wider implications for debates on Turkish identify. He also assessed the current state of Turkey's internal judicial power struggle with the help of Orhan Kemal Cengiz, one of Turkey's most prominent human rights lawyers.

In this way the many challenges facing Turkey today – from debates about national identity to the position of Islam, from freedom of speech to civil-military relations and confronting state crimes of the past, from relations with the EU to its neighborhood policy – came into sharper focus.

Please find more information about this event on the Kokkalis Program's Facebook page. Please also watch a video of an earlier ESI presentation at the Harvard Kennedy School on "European soft power and the future of liberal democracy in the Balkans and Turkey".

This event was jointly organised by the Harvard Kennedy School and ESI

Harvard Kennedy School

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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