Turkey. Tradition vs. Modernity

6 February 2014. From 19:00 | Workshop | IEMed, Barcelona

“Today, Turkey faces the challenge of completing its transition from a democratic order to a truly free and liberal democracy.” The Turkish model, a model in full transition between tradition and modernity, is a very useful political experience in transposing it to the Mediterranean context, especially in relation to an Arab world in full change since the outbreak of the so-called Arab Spring 3 years ago now.

The outbreak of a wave of anti-government protests in May 2013 following the announcement of remodeling plans for Gezi Park and Istanbul’s Taksim Square calls into question the AKP’s model of moderate Islamism. A new episode in the traditional rift between the two Turks, a conservative rooted in its recent past as a benchmark in the Islamic world, and Kemalist Turkey, attached to progressive principles and a greater link to the West.

Lecture by Sinan Ülgen, President of the Turkish think tank EDAM, in the framework of the cycle “Mediterranean 2014: open stage”, organized by the IEMed and the Master in Euro-Mediterranean Relations of the Rovira i Virgili University.


Javier Albarracín

Javier Albarracín

Researcher IEMed
Sinan Ülgen

Sinan Ülgen

President Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM)


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