Religion, Identity, and Power in Turkey and the Balkans

A Conversation with Ahmet Erdi Öztürk

February 23, 2021
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

Turkey and its recent ethno-religious transformation have had a strong impact on state identity and Turkey’s relationship to the Balkan Peninsula. Ahmet Erdi Öztürk, associate professor and Marie Curie fellow at Coventry University (CTPSR) and London Metropolitan University, examines Turkey’s ethno-religious activism and power-related political strategies in the Balkans between 2002 and 2020 in his book Religion, Identity and Power: Turkey and the Balkans in the Twenty-First Century (2021).

Nukhet Sandal, associate professor and chair of political science at Ohio University, joined Öztürk to examine the effects of Turkey's authoritarian turn during Justice and Development Party (AKP) rule, particularly in the domain of foreign policy. They examined the role of religion, ethnicity, state identity, and power in relations between Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula, systematically looking at domestic and international policies of the AKP through the lens of religion, and discussed the complex entanglements between each realm in a regional and global context. Berkley Center Senior Research Fellow Peter Mandaville served as moderator.

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