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Programme of 2022


10:00 – 11:00

Public Session 1:

A World in Disarray: The Return of Geopolitics?

The end of the Cold War led to the popular belief that the most pressing question in geopolitics had been settled with the apparent victory of liberalism. What followed was a process of order building by the West, pioneered by the US and grounded in principles of economic interdependence, liberal democracy, and multilateralism.

13:40 – 14:30

Expert Roundtable 1:

Regional and International Dynamics and the Future of the Middle East Covering the Climate Crisis and the Imperative of Journalism

In contrast to the habitual state of antagonism, the Middle East has witnessed an unusual moment  of regional de-escalation in the past two years. Several key actors have engaged in diplomatic appeasement, normalising relations, and the opening of new pages in bilateral relations.

13:40 – 14:50

Expert Roundtable 2:

Covering the Climate Crisis and the Imperative of Journalism

Commendable efforts have been undertaken to tackle the climate crisis. However, progress can sometimes seem slower than expected. While global political leaders and corporations have endeavoured to cut emissions and adopt more sustainable energy solutions, opinion leaders, journalists, advocacy groups, and citizens must keep the issue alive by constantly spreading awareness.

13:40 – 14:50

Public Session 2:

Feeding the World: Ensuring Global Food Security in Times of Crisis

According to the United Nations, food security is achieved when “all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their food preferences and dietary needs for an active and healthy life.

14:30 – 15:20

Expert Roundtable 3:

Multipolarity and the New Realities of Global Politics: Türkiye as a Stabilising Power

As the global system continues to move towards multipolarity, new powers have emerged seeking to make their mark on the shifting global system. Türkiye is no exception, and recent years have borne testimony to Ankara’s growing role in regional and global affairs.


Expert Roundtable 4:

Africa’s Moment: Seeking Greater Continental Integration Amid Persistent Challenges

The Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is the world’s largest global free trade area bringing together countries in the continent and establishing a common market for goods and services.

15:00 – 16:10

Public Session 3:

The Energy Crisis and Climate Change: Time to Turn Crisis into Opportunity?

Following the 2016 Paris Agreement, climate change has become a top agenda item around the globe.

15:35 – 16:25

Expert Roundtable 5:

A New Vision for Eurasia: The Global Rise of the Organisation of Turkic States

While the rise of Eurasia has been continuously discussed over the last years, the emergence of the Organisation of Turkic States as a new global actor in the region is increasingly becoming a part of these debates.


Public Session 4:

Disarming Disinformation: Defending the Truth in the Digital Age

As the Russia-Ukraine war has demonstrated, media spaces have become targets of hybrid warfare. In this configuration, lethal and soft power mechanisms operate hand in hand, combining information warfare, cyberattacks and kinetic warfare.

16:40 – 17:30

Public Session 5:

Conflict Resolution and Peace Building: Shaping the Future of Global Leadership

The world today is more interdependent than at any other point in history. The core issues facing nations and people, although they present with local particularities, are ultimately global.

17:45 – 18:35

Public Session 1:

The Global Race for Technological Superiority: Shifting Paradigms in the Age of AI and Cybersecurity

We are living in a world continually being transformed by digital connectivity with revolutionary advances in technology set to change the way we live and work in ways that we perhaps currently cannot foresee.

10:00 – 10:50

Expert Roundtable 1:

European Security and the Future of the Transatlantic Relations

The war in Ukraine has become a catalyst for greater cooperation and cohesion among transatlantic partners despite an ongoing series of bilateral disagreements between Europe and the United States. 


Expert Roundtable 2:

Islamophobia Today: Right-Left Convergences

Islamophobia, in its various global manifestations, has most often been treated as a right-wing phenomenon. From Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ and anti-migrant policies to India’s increasingly anti- Muslim leanings under the Hindu Nationalist leadership of Narendra Modi’s BJP.


Public Session 2:

Digitalisation: A Rewarding Challenge for Public Broadcasting?

Public service broadcasters face many challenges, including technological shifts, funding issues, changing consumption habits, and growth in competition from powerful global conglomerates.

11:05 – 11:55

Expert Roundtable 3:

Playing With Fire: Media, Populism, and the Challenge to Democracy

In recent years, the collaboration between certain media moguls and far-right populist political figures has become increasingly apparent.


Public Session 3:

Between Recession and Stagflation: The World Economy at the Crossroads

In a world still emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine has upended the fragile recovery of the global economy, which is now grappling with a sharp deceleration in growth.

13:00 – 13:50

Expert Roundtable 4:

The United States, China, and Taiwan: Strategic Ambiguity or Incoherence?

Since a 1972 joint communique with the People’s Republic of China that acknowledged “that all Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait maintain there is but one China and that Taiwan is a part of China”, the United States has followed a one-China principle.


Expert Roundtable 5:

The Transformation of Türkiye’s Defence Industry and its Impact on Foreign Policy

Over the course of the last two decades, Türkiye’s investments in developing an autonomous defence industry have become one of the fundamental pillars of the country’s military and security strategy.

13:40 – 14:40

Public Session 4:

Beyond Humanitarianism: Addressing the Global Migration Crisis

Ongoing violent conflicts, increasing persecution, lack of economic opportunity, the climate crisis, and the war in Ukraine have led to a rise in refugee flows around the world.

14:05 – 14:55

Expert Roundtable 6:

Balkans at a Juncture: Regional Collaboration or Fragmentation?

Twenty years following the destructive wars that resulted in the dissolution of Yugoslavia, Balkan countries still remain in a precarious situation.


Public Session 5:

The Russia-Ukraine War: Lessons Learned

Recent military gains by Ukraine represent a significant setback for Russia and could mark an important turning point in the ongoing war with yet-to-be-determined consequences.

15:10 – 16:00

Public Session 6:

Reporting from the Front Lines: Journalism in the Shadow of War

During the newsgathering process, newsrooms are often confronted with difficult questions about what to report and how to report it. Choices are often made hastily, especially when covering conflicts and disasters, which has always been a precarious endeavour.

16:15 – 17:05

Closing Ceremony

17:20 – 17:50
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