Turkey and the New Cold War

20 May – Journalist Murat Yetkin visited CRS and delivered a talk (in Turkish) titled “Turkey and the New Cold War.” Mr. Yetkin has written several books on espionage and began his talk with intelligence stories that emphasized Turkey’s entanglement in the complexities of the first Cold War. Mr. Yetkin went on to reflect on

Russia and Turkey: Lessons from the Past Century

13-14 May 2019 – Over the course of two days, CRS hosted a conference titled “Russia and Turkey: Lessons from the Past Century.” The event was co-organized with Tarih Vakfı as part of a number of events which included a lecture series in İstanbul in March and April that also explored the interconnected history of

US Policy and Uighurs

25 April 2019 – Mr. Scott Weinhold, acting deputy chief of mission of the US Embassy in Ankara, delivered a talk on US policy and Uighurs. Mr Weinhold arrived in Ankara in 2017 after several postings in Asia – including Beijing, Tokyo, and Ho Chi Minh City. In his talk, Mr. Weinhold highlighted Turkey’s critical

“Türkiye’nin Kalbi Ankara”

28 March 2019 – As part of the seminar series that CRS jointly organized with Tarih Vakfı on the intersecting histories of the Soviet Union and the Turkish Republic in the interwar period, Sam Hirst delivered the second talk (in Turkish), “The Heart of Turkey – Ankara: The Anti-Imperialism of Soviet-Turkish Cultural Relations.” In this talk, he

“Realpolitiğin Ötesinde”

14 March 2019 – CRS director Onur İşçi delivered a lecture in İstanbul, “Beyond Realpolitik: Strategic and Economic Aspects of Soviet-Turkish Friendship.” The talk was the first in a series of lectures, co-organized by CRS and Tarih Vakfı, devoted to the intersecting histories of the Turkish Republic and the Soviet Union in the interwar period.

Kayseri Sümerbank Basma Fabrikası

11 March 2019 – Kurtuluş Özgen visited CRS to show an early cut of a documentary film that he and a team are working on. The film tells the story of the Kayseri Sümerbank Textile Factory, a large textile plant built in Central Anatolia with Soviet assistance in the 1930s. Graduate students from several universities in

Visit by the Russian Ambassador to Turkey

19 December 2018 – Alexei Vladimirovich Erkhov, Russian ambassador in Turkey, visited Bilkent and delivered talk on the Russian perspective on the United Nations. Mr. Erkhov also spoke at length about Russian-Turkish bilateral relations. The full text of his talk can be found here. Mr. Erkhov’s visit to Bilkent took place on the two-year anniversary

“The Gıdı Gıdı – A Different Kind of Train”

18 December 2018 – Director Yasin Ali Türkeri visited Bilkent to show and discuss his documentary film, “Başka Tren Gıdı Gıdı” (The Gıdı Gıdı). The film was released in 2018 and tells the story of the Nazilli Sümerbank Textile factory that was built with Soviet assistance in the 1930s. The documentary approaches the story through

Visit by Etienne Peyrat (Sciences Po, Paris)

31 October 2018 – Etienne Peyrat (Centre d’histoire de Sciences Po, Paris) visited Bilkent and spoke with graduate students from the IR department about his research. The conversation covered his work on the Soviet Union and Iran, and the role of the Soviet republics in international relations.