Mr. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, Chairman, Republican People’s Party of Turkey (CHP)
Mr. Svante E. Cornell, Director, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, Johns Hopkins University-SAIS
Wednesday, December 4, 3.30-5 p.m.
Kenney Auditorium, 1st Fl.,
SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Reception and refreshments 3:30-4 p.m., program 4-5 p.m.
Turkey’s foreign policy and growing regional posture has attracted much attention and controversy over the past decade. In this Forum, the leader of Turkey’s main opposition party, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, will outline his critique of the Erdoğan government’s foreign policy, and his vision for a renewed Turkish foreign policy. In recent years, Turkey has been criticized for sacrificing its traditional role as a secular, democratic and impartial actor on the global stage. As a result, far from “zero problems,” Turkey finds itself with an abundance of diplomatic crises and national security problems. To be a true regional leader, Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu argues, Turkey must live up to, and project, the secular and democratic values upon which its modern state was founded.
Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, born in 1948 in Tunceli, is a graduate of Gazi University’s Economic and Administrative Sciences Faculty. He is a former Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Turkey. In 1994, he was presented with the ‘Bureaucrat of the Year’ award by the Economic Trend magazine. Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu then among other taught at the Hacettepe University and chaired Turkey’s Specialized Commission on the Informal Economy. Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu was first elected an MP for the Republican People’s Party for Istanbul province in 2002. He was elected the Chair of the Party in May 2010.
The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program form a Joint Transatlantic Research and Policy Center focusing on Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Turkey. The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, affiliated with Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, Washington, D.C., is a primary institution in the United States for the study of the region. The Silk Road Studies Program, affiliated with the Stockholm-based Institute for Security and Development Policy, is its European counterpart. Additional information about the Joint Center, as well as its several publications series, is available at www.cacianalyst.org.