Turkey is a fascinating country and its position in the Middle East has long been distinct, symbolically linking Europe to Asia geographically, its broader position in the region reflects this fact and Turkey maintains strong ties to Europe and NATO whilst simultaneously inextricably linked to the situation in MENA. This student delegation will be focused on assessing the relationship between the international and the domestic sphere, how many issues transcend these barriers and what actions a government can undertake in order to combat them. The focus of this delegation will thus be twofold, concerning both domestic and regional developments; more specifically the effects of the recent surge of refugees fleeing Syria, ethnic minority and women representation in government, Turkish strategies to tackle threat of ISIS and more broadly, developments in Turkey’s regional and international position.
Trip Leader: Amba Tadaa
Estimated Dates: 27th March – 4th April
This delegation will begin in London on 25th May with a meeting with Research Turkey (a Turkish think tank) before leaving two days later to Ankara.
List of Anticipated Organizations:
US Embassy Ankara
UK Embassy Ankara
Russian Embassy Ankara
Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ankara
UNHCR Ankara UNDP Ankara
Altan Tan (Turkish MP and Kurdish Supporter)
Research Turkey – London based Think Tank
Center for Strategic Research Turkey (SAM) – Ankara based Think Tank
Additional Think Tank to contrast SAM – undecided as of yet
The delegation will then move to Istanbul where there will be more think tank meetings, sight seeing and a meeting with LSE Alumni.
Afternoon travel to Istanbul via bus 1st of April –
Sightseeing options will include
Anatolian Civilizations Museum
Museum of Innocence
Costs will thus vary nut estimations are around £400