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Turkey’s Kurdish problem and the Syrian civil war: What next?

Events Following Turkey’s incursion into northeastern Syria, the de facto autonomous region controlled by the Kurdish-led SDF seems to have come to an end. Turkey, wanting to establish a safe zone to secure Turkey’s border with Syria and resettle a substantial share of the 3,6 million Syrian refugees it is hosting, is currently patrolling the border areas along with Russian military police.The incursion, formally called ‘Operation Peace Spring’, seem to have strengthened the position of president Erdoğan domestically in Turkey, while internationally it has been condemned.What are Turkey’s long-term goals in the region? Will Turkey be able to continue its balancing act between the US and Russia? What lies ahead for the Kurds and other communities in northeastern Syria? How does the Turkish incursion affect the prospects for a peaceful solution to its own ‘Kurdish problem’?Speakers: Selim Koru, analyst at the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) and a writing fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI). His work focuses on political ideas, the Turkish right and Turkish foreign policy. Cengiz Çandar, Author and Associate Fellow at Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. The seminar was moderated by Paul T. Levin, Director of the Stockholm Institute for Turkish Studies. This seminar was a cooperation between the Swedish Institute of International Affairs and the Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies.

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Out of Touch? The Elite-Citizen Gap and the Future of Global Cooperation

Events Elites and citizens seem far apart on global governance today. Think of Brexit, Trump, and the rise of populism. On the one hand, societal leaders tend to embrace international institutions such as the European Union and the Group of Seven. On the other hand, much of the general public apparently turns against ‘globalization’. How big is the elite-citizen divide around globalism and anti-globalism? How does this gap vary between countries, between social sectors, and between issue-areas? What generates this elite-citizen split? What can be the consequences for global cooperation around, say, climate change, migration, and the SDGs? What might be done to address the gap?  This event discussed detailed research findings on these questions from the Legitimacy in Global Governance (LegGov) programme at the Universities of Stockholm, Lund and Gothenburg. The results are based on thousands of interviews undertaken over the past two years in Brazil, Germany, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, and the USA. Panelists:Jonas Tallberg, Professor of Political Science at Stockholm University Karin Bäckstrand, Professor in Environmental Social Science at the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University and Senior Associate Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs Soetkin Verhaegen, Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University Commentators:Anna Sundström, Secretary General, Olof Palme International Center Mia Crawford, Deputy Director and Coordinator 2030 Agenda, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs   Moderator:Jan Aart Scholte, Professor of Peace and Development, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg


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