Istanbul Aydin University and CEFTUS Joint Forum “The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Europe and the Role of Turkey”

This event has now been postponed to a future date due to our keynote speaker Prof Dr Kucukcan’s commitments in Parliament. Please visit our website for updates. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

You are cordially invited to and Centre for Studies on Turkey (CST) of Istanbul Aydin University’s seminar in partnership with the Centre for Turkey Studies titled “The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Europe and the Role of Turkey”. Keynote speakers are

Dr Mustafa Aydin, President of Istanbul Aydin University

Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox Conservative MP for North Somerset, Former Secretary of State for Defense

Prof Dr Talip Kucukcan AK Party MP for Adana

Dr Bill Park, Kings College and CEFTUS Advisory Board Member

Mr Andy Lines, Chief reporter for the Daily Mirror

Dr Latif Tas, SOAS, University of London

Dr Gulay Ugur Goksel, Istanbul Aydın University UNESCO Cultural Diplomacy, Governance and Education Coordinator

Dr Zeynep Banu Dalaman, Director, Center for Studies on Turkey, Istanbul Aydin University will kindly chair this debate. 

This event will take place between 7pm and 9pm on 23rd November 2015 in Committee Room 11 of the House of Commons. This event is kindly hosted by Yvette Cooper Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford.

Please note security checks are required to enter the House of Commons. We kindly ask you to arrive at 6.30PM to allow the event to start and end on time. Booking is required for this event to ensure adequate seating available.


The seminar will focus on the current crisis in Europe and the refugees fleeing from Syria. The issues regarding the route for the refugees, the number of them and the responses from the European Union countries as well as the aspects of EU legislation help or hinder possible solutions to the crisis. Due to the crucial geopolitical, historical and cultural role Turkey plays in the Middle East, another purpose of this seminar will be to evaluate and discuss not only the role but also contemporary problems that Turkey faces in relation to Syrian refugees.

Looking forward to welcoming you!Best wishes,The Centre for Turkey Studies,  and the Centre for Studies on Turkey of Istanbul Aydin University


About the Centre for Studies on Turkey

Istanbul Aydin University created the “Centre for Studies on Turkey” (CST) in late 2008 in order to analyse scientifically the cultural, economic, legal, social and political issues in Turkey. The main objective of CST is to conduct research and organise events with an interdisciplinary approach and later analyse them. CST also makes international collaboration with universities worldwide and organizes conferences in specific subjects.