29 April 2011
ESI at Science Po conference in Paris: Candidate Countries: With or Without You?
Candidate Countries: With or without you?

Amphithéâtre Caquot, 28, rue des Saint-Pères,
75006 Paris, 13.00 - 19.00
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"Candidate Countries: With or Without You?" is organised by a group of eight students of Sciences Po with the main goal to bring together students, researchers, and professionals around the question of enlargement. Three round tables, each of them dealing with a particular aspect of enlargement, will strive to offer a new and original point of view on this debate accompanying the unification of Europe.

Gerald Knaus, Chairman of the European Stability Initiative and Associate Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Carr Center, discussed the dynamics of Turkish politics in the run-up to the Turkish parliamentary elections on 12 June. Ultimately, the election will set the stage for an overhaul of the present constitution, a relic of the 1980 military coup. What are the main issues at stake? What kind of a balance will the new charter strike between the state and its citizens? How will the political leadership reconcile diverging interests and accommodate the needs of Kurds and Alevis, the pious and the secular, women and sexual minorities? Poised between East and West, with the legacy of a dominant nation-state and a shared but contested demand for reforms, where is Turkey heading?

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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