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Joint Forum ‘Referendum in Turkey: Presidential Systems,  the Economy and Foreign Policy’

Joint Forum ‘Referendum in Turkey: Presidential Systems, the Economy and Foreign Policy’


The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) and the King’s College London Diplomacy Society are pleased to invite you to a public forum with Dr Gulcin Ozkan, Professor of Economics at the University of York and Dr Katerina Dalacoura,  Associate Professor in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on 4th April 2017.

Please see speaker biographies below.

The event will take place between 7-9PM on Wednesday, 4 April 2017 in the Nash Lecture Theatre, King’s College (Strand, London WC2R 2LS)

The closest underground station is Temple (Circle & District Line) and the campus is right next to Somerset House. Further directions can be found here for the venue.

A referendum on the proposed changes to Turkey’s constitution will take place on 16th April 2017. The changes proposed would significantly alter the structure of Turkey’s government and so the vote has big implications for Turkey’s future.

Dr Gulcin Ozkan of the University of York will share her findings from her study of the effect that presidential systems have on their countries’ economies compared against parliamentary systems. Please click here for paper.

Dr Katerina Dalacoura of the LSE will discuss her recent paper on Turkish Foreign Affairs titled: “A New Phase in Turkish Foreign Policy: Expediency and AKP Survival”. Please click here for her paper.

We look forward to welcoming you to this event.


About The King’s College London Diplomacy Society

The King’s College London Diplomacy Society is the largest university-level foreign affairs society in London with the main aim of providing ambitious students with the chance to better understand contemporary politics the world over and what it takes to be a successful ambassador, diplomat, and statesperson.

Speaker Biographies

Gulcin Ozkan is a Professor of Economics at the University of York. She holds a BSc in Economics from METU, Ankara, Turkey, an MSc in Economics from the University of Warwick, and a PhD from the University of York. She has taught at various institutions, including METU, Durham University and the University of York. She is also the Managing Editor of the Bulletin of Economic Research. She was the Academic Secretary to the Money, Macro and Finance Group – the leading research group in financial, macro and monetary economics in the UK – from 2010 to 2015.

She is an expert in the macroeconomics of emerging market countries and has written widely on currency and financial crises, central bank independence, exchange rate regimes, as well as various political economy issues. Her early publications on currency crises have been very widely cited and seen as the leading examples of the second generation currency crises literature. More recently, she published on how the global financial crisis was transmitted on to the emerging market economies. Her current work covers issues such as fiscal austerity, Brexit, and the economic sources of populism.

She has worked with a large number of PhD students over the years, eighteen of whom have so far completed their degrees and are currently working at various academic and policy making institutions including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Central Bank of Turkey, the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic, the Prime Minister’s Office of Korea, the Irish Government Department of Finance, Universiti Putra Malaysia, the University of Monterrey Mexico,  the University of Bath, Newcastle University, Queen Mary’s College and King’s College, London.

Her recent work on ‘Who does better for the economy? Presidents versus parliamentary democracies’, together with Richard McManus, has frequently featured in the Turkish press and has been widely used in the current debate on the proposed changes to the Turkish constitution to be voted on in the upcoming referendum on 16 April.

Dr Katerina Dalacoura is Associate Professor in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2015-16, she was British Academy Mid-Career Fellow. Her main areas of expertise are in: human rights, democracy and democracy promotion, in the Middle East; political Islam; and culture and religion in International Relations. Her work has recently focused particularly on Turkey. She is author of Islam, Liberalism and Human Rights: Implications for International Relations (I. B. Tauris, 2007), Islamist Terrorism and Democracy in the Middle East (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and of a number of chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals.





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