Turkey and Germany’s Contributions to Crisis Prevention and Peace building Efforts

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Thursday, May 21st, 2009: Sabanci Center, 4th Levent

Program Overview

The conference is a part of Germany Meets Turkey, which is an interdisciplinary networking program. In addition to a week-long study tour the program includes local events and leadership initiatives that are led by network members.

Session I: will focus on Turkey’s recent contributions as a third party mediator in the region’s most protracted conflicts namely Israel-Syria, Iran-U.S. and Israel-Palestine. For the past decade, the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency has played a significant role in development co-operation thus contributing to crises prevention and conflict management.

Session II: will concentrate on Germany’s comprehensive approach to crises prevention and peacebuilding. Germany has greatly contributed to the way in which multi-lateral institutions suchas the EU, UN, NATO and the OSCE approach the subject.

Session III: will focus on the possible contributions of Germany and Turkey to crises prevention and peace building in the future. What challenges will Germany and Turkey possibly face? What are the possible benefits and outcomes?

RSVP: Ms. Christina Bache Fidan, Istanbul Policy Center, cbache@sabanciuniv.edu


08:45 - 09:00 Registration
09:00 - 09:15 Welcoming Remarks
Mr. Üstün Ergüder, Director, Istanbul Policy Center, Istanbul
10:15 - 10:45 Session I: Turkey’s Role as a Third Party Mediator
Moderator: Bahri Yılmaz, Istanbul Policy Center, Sabancı University, Istanbul
Ms. Suhnaz Yılmaz, Koç University, Istanbul
Ms. Sule Kut, Bilgi University, Istanbul
Prof. William Quandt, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
10:15 - 10:45 Questions & Answers
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:00 Session II: Germany’s Involvement in Crises Prevention and Peacebuilding
Moderator: Mr. Michael Thumann, Die Zeit
Mr. Stephan Schlüter, Head of Department for Crisis Prevention and Peacebuilding, German Foreign Ministry, Berlin (invited)
Prof. Uli Bruckner, Stanford University, Berlin
12:00 - 12:30 Questions & Answers
12:30 - 13:45 Lunch
13:45 - 14:45 Session III: Looking Towards the Future: Possible Contributions by Turkeyand Germany in Crises Prevention and Peacebuilding
Moderator: Ms. Helena Cobban, Author, “Re-engage! America and the World After Bush”, Charlottesville
Mr. Sinan Ülgen, EDAM, Istanbul
Mr. Ersin Kalaycıoğlu, Istanbul Policy Center, Sabancı University, Istanbul
Mr. Ralf Erbel, Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Amman
14:45 - 15:15 Questions & Answers
15:15 - 16:30 Closing Remarks
Prof. Benjamin Broome, Arizona State University, Tempe
Ms. Christina Bache Fidan, Istanbul Policy Center, Sabancı University, Istanbul
16:00 - 18:00 Closed Session