Patrimonial Empire-Building and the case of Authoritarian Turkey


Monday, April 29, 2019, 5:00pm to 7:00pm


CMES, Rm 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Sohbet-i Osmani Lecture Series presents

Soli ÖzelAysen CandasSoli Ozel
Professor of International Relations, Kadir Has University, Istanbul; columnist for Habertürk daily newspaper

Ayşen Candaş
Rice Faculty Fellow and Visiting Associate Professor, Yale MacMillan Center, Council on Middle Eastern Studies, Yale University; Associate Professor of Political Science, Bogazici University, Istanbul 

Soli Özel is a professor of International Relations at Kadir Has University in Istanbul and a columnist at Habertürk daily newspaper. He also advises the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TÜSIAD) on foreign policy issues. He has guest lectured at Georgetown, Harvard, Tufts and other US universities and has taught at UC Santa Cruz, SAIS, the University of Washington and the Hebrew University. He has spent time as a fellow of St. Anthony’s College, Oxford and was a visiting senior scholar at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris. He has been a Fisher Family Fellow of the “Future of Diplomacy Program” at the Belfer Center of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 2013, he was a Keyman fellow and a visiting lecturer at Northwestern University. Soli Özel is on the board of directors of International Alert and a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. 

Soli Özel regularly contributes to the German Marshall Fund’s web site’s “ON Turkey” series. His work has been printed in different publications in Turkey and abroad, including The International Spectator, Internationale Politik, Foreign Policy and the Journal of Democracy. His two latest published works are “A Moment of Elation: The Gezi Protests/Resistance and the Fading of the AKP Project” in "The Making of a Protest Movement in Turkey: #Occupygezi", and an article co-authored with Serhat Guvenc, entitled “NATO and Turkey in the Post-Cold War World: Between Abandonment and Entrapment”. Soli Özel holds a Bachelor in Economics from Bennington College and a Master in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Ayşen Candaş is the Rice Faculty Fellow and Visiting Associate Professor at Yale University’s MacMillan Center Council on Middle East Studies. She is also Associate Professor of Political Science, Bogazici University, Istanbul. Her fields of research include: reconciling justice with democracy; unity of civil, political, cultural and social and economic rights; impact of social and economic context on democracy and democratization; and paradoxes of Constitutional Democracy.

Selected publications include: “Democratization Package Evaluated with the Independent Criteria Prevalent in Democracies” Perspectives – Political Analysis and Commentary from Turkey (2014); “Quietly Reverting Public Matters into Private Troubles: Gendered and Class-Based Consequences of Care Policies in Turkey” (with Yildiz Silier) Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society (2014); “Turkish Nationalism, Identity and Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective” (with Eren Ozalay-Sanlı) Bogazici Journal (2011); (book chapter) “The Paradox of Equality: Subjective Attitudes towards Basic Rights in Turkey" (with Hakan Yilmaz) in Carmen Rodriguez, Antonio Avalos, Hakan Yilmaz and Ana I. Planet, eds, Turkey's Democracy and Democratization Process, (London, Routledge, 2013); Inequalities in Turkey (with VolkanYılmaz Bogazici University Social Policy Forum, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, TÜSES (İstanbul: Bilnet Press, 2012); Free Lunch at Public Schools? Best Practices from the World and Policy Proposals for Turkey (with Basak Ekim-Akkan Bogazici University Social Policy Forum, Open Society Foundation (İstanbul: İmak Press, 2011). Candaş holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Bogazici University (Istanbul) and a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University.

Contact: Liz Flanagan