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Joint Forum ​’Contemporary Turkey in Conflict – The Post-Referendum Challenges’

Joint Forum ​’Contemporary Turkey in Conflict – The Post-Referendum Challenges’


The Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS) and King’s College London Diplomacy Society are pleased to invite you to a public forum with Professor Tahir Abbas on 5th June 2017.

Please see speaker biography below.

The event will take place between 7-9PM on Monday, 5 June 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 to the venue can be found here.

The people of Turkey have voted to usher in a new era of politics in Turkey. A presidential system places Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the helm of the Turkish state with full executive powers. There is a range of political and social challenges that may arise from the change. Moreover, Turkey’s neighbours to the south are struggling with raging internal conflicts, while Turkey’s neighbour to the west, the European Union, is undergoing an existential crisis.

Dr Tahir Abbas, whose new book ‘Contemporary Turkey in Conflict: Ethnicity, Islam and Politics was published in December 2016, will analyse the challenges that Turkey faces in this book launch/public forum event.

Prof Abbas’ new book ‘Contemporary Turkey in Conflict: Ethnicity, Islam and Politics’ will be on sale at the event for a discounted price of £10. It is normally £25.

We look forward to welcoming you to this event.

Speaker Biography

Professor Tahir Abbas FRSA is a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute and Visiting Senior Fellow at the Department of Government, LSE. Previously, he was a Professor of Sociology at Fatih University in Istanbul, Reader in Sociology at Birmingham University, and Senior Research Officer at the Home Office and Ministry of Justice in London. Before joining RUSI in mid-2016, he lived and worked in Istanbul for six years, during which time he was a visiting scholar at New York University, Leiden University, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, International Islamic University in Islamabad and the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University in Jakarta. Abbas read Economics at Queen Mary University of London. He has a MSocSc in Economic Development and Policy from the University of Birmingham and a PhD in Ethnic Relations from the University of Warwick. He is Associate Editor of the quarterly journal Critical Muslim, published by Hurst and Oxford University Press. Abbas has published 13 books and 65 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and encyclopaedic articles. He is currently working on his next monograph, Beyond Summer Phobia, Radicalisation and the Culture of Violence, published by Hurst in 2018.


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.



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