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Our Turkey Series continues with the fifth panel bringing together distinguished speakers to discuss the paradigm shift fueled by the latest local elections. On May 6, 2019, Turkish Supreme Election Council’s decision on re-run of local elections in Istanbul shook the country to its core. In a country that is collapsing institutionally, what does the future hold for its citizens? Our speakers will critically analyze where this shift may take the country next, both politically and socially. We will then delve into what “rule of law” means now and how it affects the ongoing trials of freedom of expression. Our speakers will expand on academic freedom in the light of Professor Fusun Ustel’s imprisonment on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019.

Speakers:
Chad Kautzer, Chair – Professor of Philosophy, Lehigh University
Sarah Clarke, Article 19, Head of Europe and Central Asia
Ayse Bingol Demir, Lawyer, Turkey Litigation Support Project
Cem Ozatalay, University in Exile Visiting Research Scholar at The New School
Giran Ozcan, HDP US Representative
Aykan Erdemir, Former CHP MP, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Co-Hosts:
Research Institute on Turkey
Article 19
Columbia Global Freedom of Expression
Columbia Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Turkey Litigation Support Project

Columbia SIPA
420 W 118th Street, New York, NY
Room #707

Event Contact Information: 
Sandra Paunksniene
(212) 854-6646
sp3242@sipa.columbia.edu