The Future of Turkey-EU relations: Cooperation or Competition in Foreign and Security Policy? (Series 2)

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The Circle Foundation hosted its second series of webinar on Turkey-EU relationship.

Turkey’s regional engagement from Eastern and Northern Africa to the Western Balkans continued to gather strength. In particular, Turkey’s active involvement in both Syria, Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh has been increasingly perceived as not aligned with the security interests of the EU itself. Therefore the recent developments put into question how relations will develop.

Although, the renewed bilateral dialogue between Greece and Turkey on maritime disputes and confidence building measures and discussions on how to support UN efforts in relaunching the Cyprus settlement talks have opened new window of opportunities for a cooperation, however, there are still questions on the capacity of how the EU and Turkey can cooperate on overcoming international matters when there are significant differences of opinion over many foreign and security policy issues between themselves.

The purpose of this online conference is to shed light on the current state of Turkey-EU relations, to analyze the problematic issues on Foreign and Security policies, and to identify the ways how cooperation on regional and international matters could be achieved.

Confirmed speakers:

Moderator: Ayca Aydogdu- TRT World Presenter

Ambassador Burak Akçapar – Director General for Foreign Policy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey.

Angelina Eichhorst – Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia at the European External Action Service

Dr Bahadir Kaleagası – President of Paris Bosphorus Institute and a Lecturer at Galatasaray University.

Dr. Eduard Soler i Lecha – Senior Research Fellow at CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs)

Professor Taras Kuzio, Department of Political Science, National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy

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