The June 12, 2011 election results will have implications for the drafting of a new civilian constitution as well as for Turkey’s democratization efforts. The future of political parties will also be shaped by these results. This panel will analyze the election results, the positions and internal dynamics of political parties during the election process, and comment on the election’s broader implications.
Steven Cook, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Burhanettin Duran, Visiting Scholar, George Mason University
Chair, Political Science and International Relations Department, Istanbul Sehir University
Nuh Yilmaz, Director, The SETA Foundation
Steven A. Cook is Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is an expert on Arab and Turkish politics as well as U.S.-Middle East policy. Dr. Cook is the author of The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square and Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey. He has published widely in a variety of foreign policy journals, opinion magazines, and newspapers including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Wall Street Journal, the Journal of Democracy, The Weekly Standard, Slate, The New Republic Online, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune, and Survival. Dr. Cook is also a frequent commentator on radio and tv. Dr. Cook holds a BA in international studies from Vassar College, an MA in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and both an MA and PhD in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Burhanettin Duran is Associate Professor and chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Istanbul Sehir University. Mr. Duran studied at Bogaziçi University before receiving his M.A. and PhD in Political Science and Public Administration from Bilkent University in Turkey. In addition to working as a Research Assistant at Bilkent University and Sakarya University, Dr. Duran has taught in the Department of International Relations at Sakarya University and Istanbul Sehir University. Dr. Duran’s research interests include Islamism, Turkish political life, history of Turkish-Islamic political thought, and Turkish foreign policy.