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Shockwaves of the War in Syria

The Syrian issue has come to be one of the hottest topics of the global agenda regarding the Middle East. This is further complicated by the involvement and intervention of both regional and major global powers. In the closed session of TRT World Forum titled “Shockwaves of the War in Syria”, Turkish, Syrian, Iranian, and

Oct 19, 2017, 10:30
The Gulf Crisis and Geopolitical Tensions in the Gulf Region

On Monday, 5 June 2017, three GCC countries (Saudi Arabia, UAE Bahrain) and Egypt cut their diplomatic relationships with Doha. This unprecedented crisis in the history of inter-Gulf relations has created a state of mistrust, not only among the governments of the Gulf States, but also among the citizens of those countries. This session discussed

Oct 19, 2017, 14:00
The Impact of the July 15 Coup Attempt on Turkish State and Society

In this session, a distinguished panel of speakers and participants convened to explore the origins, impact and lasting legacy of the brutal coup attempt in Turkey, in which many innocent civilians lost their lives and thousands were injured. During the night of July 15, 2016, a group of soldiers attempted to overthrow the democratically elected

Oct 18, 2017, 16:45
Setting an Example: Turkey’s Humanitarian Role

This session mainly discussed Turkey’s current position as a leading humanitarian actor in the international arena. Turkey, as a rising power, has been playing a crucial role in the humanitarian field in the last 15 years, presenting new strategies for humanitarian activism around the world. In 2017, the Global Humanitarian Assistance Report ranked Turkey as

Oct 19, 2017, 16:30
Developing Counter-Narratives to the Far-Right

This session focused on far-right movements, parties and their effects on politics and social life. It was emphasized that far-right political parties are increasingly supported more in the West, especially in European countries due to fluctuations in the economy and the increase in unemployment. Another important factor in the rise of the far-right movements is

Oct 18, 2017, 14:30
Confronting Global Terror

This session primarily dealt with the question of how to develop a comprehensive strategy to counter global terrorism. The rise of global terrorism has created an atmosphere of fear across the globe affecting many countries in different continents. With advances in communication and transportation technology due to the processes of globalisation, local groups now have

Oct 18, 2017, 16:45
Turkey’s Foreign Policy: New Directions and Challenges

The closed session, ‘Turkey’s Foreign Policy: New Directions and Challenges’ was held on October 18, 2017 with the participation of highly esteemed politicians, academics and policy experts from all over the globe. The session primarily dealt with the general landscape and contours of Turkey’s foreign policy, its main pillars and its changing dynamics. After presentations

Oct 18, 2017, 11:00
Big Business For Big Solutions: Encouraging Corporate Social Responsibility

This session discussed the role that big businesses and entrepreneurs play in effecting social development and change. Considering that the international community is failing to react quickly and effectively to the emerging problems of third world countries, this responsibility falls on the shoulders of big businesses. As opposed to traditional approaches, big businesses and organisations

Oct 19, 2017, 16:15
Digital Influencers and Their Role in Shaping Public Discourse

As digital media on mobile devices is the primary platform of communication with the outside world, the rise of digital influencers continues to grow. Community leaders and celebrities have been replaced by individuals who gain popularity on social media. The popularity of influencers on YouTube highlights how young people who create content on digital platforms

Oct 19, 2017, 14:00
Capitalizing on Fear: The Politicization of Xenophobia and Islamophobia

This session discussed the current upsurge of xenophobia and Islamophobia in Europe and North America. Both problematic discourses operate at various levels of intensity, from outright anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant political campaigns to depict any disadvantaged or marginalised segment of society – including women, as the ‘other’ through film, media or numerous educational platforms. The potency

Oct 19, 2017, 14:00
Transforming Humanitarian Aid: A Refined Approach

This session dealt with transforming the conventional humanitarian aid system towards a more refined assistance approach. It kicked off with two fundamental questions posted to the panellists: 1) Why is humanitarian aid necessary? 2) Where does it go and who decides where it goes? The session involved serious debate on the most effective ways to

Oct 19, 2017, 11:00
Re-thinking Media: Responsible Reporting on Humanitarian Crises

The session discussed ‘responsible journalism’ and how the term ‘objectivity’ needs to be rephrased in relation to reporting on war zones. Secondly, panellists discussed the role and impact of emerging new technology in giving a voice to the voiceless. With the advent of social media, ordinary people can now broadcast what is happening on their

Oct 18, 2017, 16:15
Emerging Trends and New Threats in MENA Region

This session delved into topics most pertaining to the Middle East today and which have affected the course of events regionally and globally over the past six years. The panelist explored both theoretical and practical aspects of the threats and trends the MENA region is passing through at the present time. Middle Eastern states will

Oct 18, 2017, 14:15
Redefining the Global Agenda: Old Guard versus New Players

This session discussed issues surrounding the established current world order and explored the players in the international arena that have the potential to change and shift the power equilibria. One of the first questions of debate was on defining the established global order to explore the subject more appropriately on a common ground. Participants discussed

Oct 18, 2017, 11:00
Opening Ceremony: Inspiring Change in an Age of Uncertainty

Unceasing demands for change and potential threats today challenge the contours of the global political agenda and inevitably urge numerous actors to come up with a vision for change. By bringing together politicians, academics, diplomats and NGO leaders of all backgrounds, discussions varied from the redefinition of the global agenda to the politicisation of xenophobia

Oct 18, 2017, 10:25
The Political Atmosphere in Egypt: Reconciliation or Regression?

On October 4, 2018 TRT World Research Centre held a roundtable meeting titled “Turkey’s Political Landscape under the New Presidential System”. This was part of a series of roundtable meetings in the two-day TRT World Forum 2018, which included eight public sessions and 11 closed sessions. This roundtable meeting was held in English under the

Oct 4, 2018, 18:00
Turkey’s Political Landscape under the New Presidential System

On October 4, 2018 TRT World Research Centre held a roundtable meeting titled “Turkey’s Political Landscape under the New Presidential System”. This was part of a series of roundtable meetings in the two-day TRT World Forum 2018, which included eight public sessions and 11 closed sessions. This roundtable meeting was held in English under the

Oct 4, 2018, 09:00
The Fate of Palestine: The Crisis Deepens

On October 4, 2018, TRT World Research Centre held a roundtable meeting on the developments taking place in Palestine. This was part of a series of roundtable meetings forming part of the two-day TRT World Forum 2018, which included eight public sessions and 11 closed sessions. This roundtable meeting was held in English under the

Oct 4, 2018, 17:00
Turkey’s Security Policy: National Defence Industry and Cross Border Operations

On October 4 2018, the TRT World Research Centre held a roundtable meeting on Turkey’s Security Policy: National Defence Industry and Cross Border Operations. This was part of a series of roundtable meetings forming part of the two-day TRT World Forum 2018, which included eight public sessions and 11 closed sessions. Turkey’s security policy has

Oct 4, 2018, 15:00
Activities of Terrorist Groups Abroad: FETO and PKK

On October 3, 2018, TRT World Research Centre held a roundtable meeting on the Activities of Terrorist Groups Abroad. This was one of a series of roundtable meetings forming part of the two-day TRT World Forum 2018, which included 8 public sessions and 11 closed sessions. The roundtable meetings were held in English under the

Oct 3, 2018, 10:00
Is there a Trump Doctrine in American Foreign Policy?

On October 3, 2018, TRT World Research Centre held a roundtable meeting on U.S. foreign policy under the Trump administration. Even before President Trump took office, the question of how the new administration would approach U.S. foreign policy had become an issue of discussion. As Trump approaches two years in office, scholars, journalists and pundits

Oct 3, 2018, 09:00
Muslim Minorities of South Asia

On October 4, 2018 TRT World Research Centre held a roundtable meeting on the “Muslim Minorities of South Asia.” This was part of a series of roundtable meetings forming part of the two-day TRT World Forum 2018, which included eight public sessions and 11 closed sessions. This closed session was held in English under the

Oct 4, 2018, 12:00
Perpetuating or Breaking the Syrian Stalemate?

On October 4, 2018, TRT World Research Centre held a roundtable meeting on the Syrian crisis entitled “Perpetuating or Breaking the Syrian Stalemate.” This was part of a series of roundtable meetings forming part of the two-day TRT World Forum 2018, which included eight public sessions and 11 closed sessions. This roundtable meeting was held

Oct 4, 2018, 11:00
Western Mainstream Media and Coverage of the Muslim World

On October 4, 2018, TRT World Research Centre held a roundtable meeting on Western Mainstream Media and Coverage of the Muslim World. This was part of a series of roundtable meetings forming part of the two-day TRT World Forum 2018, which included eight public sessions and 11 closed sessions. This roundtable meeting was held in

Oct 4, 2018, 10:00
Belt and Road Initiative and its Implications for MENA

On October 3, 2018, TRT World Research Centre held a roundtable meeting on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). This session aimed to discuss the opportunities and challenges of China’s Belt and Road Initiative for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The BRI is a comprehensive connectivity and cooperation plan that spans three continents,

Oct 3, 2018, 17:00
A Crisis of Connectivity: New Media and Trust-Formation

With increased digital transformation comes increased complexity and ambiguity. Users of new media technologies are now able to actively monitor and be a part of international events, aggregate and filter news and add their viewpoints to any given story’s narrative. As the world increasingly embraces digitisation, communication via digital platforms is increasingly raising questions regarding

Oct 4, 2018, 12:45
A World in or Out of Order: A Hundred Years since WWI

The current world order, composed of nation-states, emerged in its currently recognisable form early in the 20th century. While the “Great War” of 1914-18 led to the consolidation of the British and French Empires, it also resulted in the collapse of three other centuries- old entities: the Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian, and Russian Empires (following the Bolshevik

Oct 3, 2018, 10:00
Closing Ranks: International Cooperation against Terrorism

The session “Closing Ranks: International Cooperation against Terrorism”, brought together experts and leading practitioners in order to discuss current challenges facing counter-terrorism cooperation around the world. The speakers addressed a variety of issues related to terrorism, including root causes and possible solutions moving forward. As part of the session, the panellists advanced various ways in

Oct 4, 2018, 15:15
The EU and Its Discontents: Is it the End of the European Project?

The European Union (EU) has been referred to as one of the most successful post- Second World War projects, helping maintain peace and prosperity in Europe for over six decades. However, there have been increasing concerns about its future. Economic problems within the Eurozone have led to significant political turmoil among the member states, posing

Oct 3, 2018, 11:45
Regional Players and the Shifting Security Equation in the Middle East

The future of the Middle East remains one of the most hotly debated and controversial issues of today. Intermittent conflict remains a defining feature of the region, with the Syrian war being the most recent example. “Regional Players and the Shifting Security Equation in the Middle East,” discussed the many issues ranging from conflicts to

Oct 4, 2018, 09:30
Fostering Global Consciousness in Times of Crisis

The ongoing refugee crisis represents the most significant humanitarian tragedy since World War II. Ongoing conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan, along with difficult security and economic environments throughout significant portions of the Middle East, Africa and parts of Asia have led millions of people to leave their homelands in search of refuge and a

Oct 4, 2018, 17:00
Disrupting the Established Order: Rise of the Global South

The panel “Disrupting the Established Order: Rise of the Global South” discussed issues surrounding the established current world order and explored the new emerging players in the international arena that have the potential to change and shift the power dynamics. In the current international world order, countries use their respective economic powers to pursue their

Oct 3, 2018, 14:45
Exploring a Just Peace in a Fragmented World

The geopolitical order today remains constantly fragmented due to the pervasiveness of an unequal administrative and institutional directive. Therefore, addressing and taking steps to limit divisive policies across the globe becomes a subject to be addressed amongst major stakeholders. Correspondingly, persisting inequalities cannot be addressed without a co-operative social justice system. This makes it necessary

Oct 4, 2018, 11:30
Pursuit of Justice in a Fragmented World

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan opened his speech by recalling the importance of learning lessons from history, and reiterated that if only people were to take heed, history would not repeat itself. He criticised the UN for its inability to provide solutions to global issues. He pointed to the ineffectiveness of the global system in

Oct 4, 2018, 19:00
Keynote Speech by HM Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan

Queen Rania begins by praising Turkey’s steadfast commitment to the millions of refugees it has welcomed inside its borders and its geostrategic significance in the region. On the other hand, Her Majesty pointed to the fact that even if nations share different worldviews, rooted deep in the core of our humanity, we share the same

Oct 4, 2018, 16:45
Opening Speech: Envisioning Peace and Security in a Fragmented World

President of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Binali Yıldırım and Director General and Chairman of TRT İbrahim Eren delivered keynote speeches at the opening ceremony of the TRT World Forum and highlighted a wide range of issues that are of primary interest to peace and security in today’s increasingly fragmented world. İbrahim Eren, Director

Oct 3, 2018, 09:30
Closing Speech: Inspiring Change in an Age of Uncertainty

His Excellency President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan participated as the guest of honour in the TRT World Forum 2017 to give the keynote speech at the Forum under the moderation of Fatih Er, Director of News and Programmes at TRT World. President Erdoğan’s remarks spanned from the failure of the current global order in sustaining the

Oct 19, 2017, 17:30
We Are All In the Same Boat: Regional Cooperation to Address the Humanitarian Crisis

The second day of the TRT World Forum 2017 opened with a joint keynote speech by José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, the former Prime Minister of Spain, and Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey. The main theme of their speech was the lack of international cooperation in addressing pressing global issues. They particularly

Oct 19, 2017, 09:30
TRT World Forum 2017 Book

The TRT World Forum 2017, a two-day summit organised by the TRT World Research Centre, gathered academics, politicians, journalists, experts and members of civil society to discuss the most pertinent issues in the world today. This year’s theme `Inspiring Change in an Age of Uncertainty’ sparked fierce debate around the hurdles that contribute to the

Oct 19, 2017, 18:30
The Leadership of Women in a World of Conflict

Historically, women have faced gender-based violence and discrimination for a variety of reasons. They have experienced major obstacles including restrictions in education, the work place and in their own homes. Today, in a world marked by rampant conflict, there is an urgent need for increased female empowerment and leadership. Despite the widespread restrictions imposed upon

Oct 3, 2018, 16:45
Turkey’s Foreign Policy in an Age of Crises

On October 4th, 2018, TRT World Research Centre held a roundtable meeting with the title of ‘Turkey’s Foreign Policy in an Age of Crises’. This was part of a series of roundtable meetings forming part of the two-day TRT World Forum 2018, which included 8 public sessions and 11 closed sessions. This roundtable meeting was

Oct 4, 2018, 16:00
TRT World Forum 2018 Book

The TRT World Forum 2018, a two-day summit organised by the TRT World Research Centre, brought together a wide array of distinguished academics, journalists, politicians and members of civil society to analyse and discuss some of the most important questions that continue to define our world on the theme of ‘Envisioning Peace and Security in

Oct 4, 2018, 18:00
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