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Turkey and the Middle East in the New Century will be held at the Berkeley campus (International House) on October 12, 2013, and is expected to be attended by top experts and practitioners from the business, academic, and policy making communities from the US, Turkey, and the Middle East. The conference agenda can be found here:
The conference will feature some of the most prominent Turkish and Middle Eastern thought leaders that will seek to identify the key components behind the success of the Turkish developmental model and its applicability to the MENA region. The goal of the conference will be to shed light on some of the macro-economic, governance, foreign policy, banking, legal, cultural, and institutional contributors to the success of the Turkish model. Our aim will be to generate actionable policy recommendations for Turkey’s neighbors. The conference will also endeavor to shed light on the future of secularism and the prospects for consolidation of liberal democracy in the Turkish republic. It will also assess the concerns that the increasing polarization of Turkish society may result in the return of shaky coalition governments, flight of capital, and anemic growth.