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Hello and welcome to Armenian News Network, Groong.
In this second part of our Conversation On Groong on Turkey, Asbed Kotchikian continues to explore Turkey’s transformation throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty first, and the underlying dynamics powering these changes.
Prof. Kotchikian is a senior lecturer of political science and international relations at Bentley University in Massachusetts where he teaches courses on the Middle East and former Soviet space.
In this second part of our Conversation on Groong about Turkey, we continue to explore its foreign policy towards the South Caucasus focusing on relations with Azerbaijan and Armenia with:
● Professor Ara Sanjian who is an Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Armenian Research Center at University of Michigan, Dearborn. His research interests focus on the post-World War I history of Armenia, Turkey and the Arab states of Western Asia.
● Prof. Varuzhan Geghamyan is assistant professor at Yerevan State University (Department of Oriental Studies) teaching courses on Turkey’s modern history, History of Azerbaijan; Sociocultural anthropology of Azerbaijan; Political ideologies and parties in Modern Turkey & History of the Turkish Republic.
● Prof. Vahram Ter-Matevosyan who is associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science and International Affairs Program at AUA. His research interests focus on Turkish politics, Kemalism, Political Islam & Security in the South Caucasus
● Diana Yayloyan is an Ankara-based Research Associate, working on Armenian-Turkish Normalisation Projects, supported by the EU. Diana is also a Ph.D. Candidate at the Middle East Technical University, focusing on Gender Theory and Peacebuilding.
Turkey has been pursuing a more active foreign policy towards its neighbors in the Caucasus and the Former Soviet space. What are the driving forces behind this foreign policy?
That concludes this week’s Conversation On Groong about Turkey.
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