Selection of Talks by Ziya Meral 

 

2016

6 Dec: Talk; "Turkish Foreign Policy", Turkey Workshop, SEESOX, St Antony's College, Oxford 

21 Nov: Talk; "Turkey and Political Islam", EEAS - EU, Brussels

1 Nov: Testimony; "UK-Turkey Relations", Foreign Affairs Committee, House of Commons              

27 October: Lecture; "The Turkish Model: Its Emergence, Rise and Failure", Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna Campus, Italy

14 October: Panel Discussion, "Theologies of Hope and Religious Extremism", Beirut Conversations, CRGA- Beirut

10 October: Lecture; "Turkish Syria Policy", NATO Defence College, Rome

21-23 September: Panel Discussions on Turkey, EU, Brexit and Islamism, Global Horizons conference, Oxford Analytica, Christ Church College, Oxford

23 June:  Seminar talk; "How Violence Shapes Religion", US State Department

22 June: Briefing; "Religious Education and Politics in Turkey", US State Department 

17 June: Panel Discussion on religion and international relations, London Conference- Chatham House

6 June: "Religion, Conflict and Reconciliation", annual conference of RAF Chaplains

25 May: "Turkey: Future Scenarios", MENA Associates/ Beazley, Lloyd's of London

24 May: "Religion, Violence and Warfare",  International Military Religious Leaders Conference,  Defence Academy of the United Kingdom

10 May: Testimony before UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee on Political Islam

27 April: "Countering Violent Extremism", Wilton Park 

9 March: "Comparing Boko Haram, ISIS, Al Shabaab- Religion and Violent Conflict", CHACR- Robertson House, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

17 February: "Refugees, Economics and Geopolitics: AKP's handling of multiple crises in Turkey", SEESOX, St Antony's College, Oxford  

11 February: "Religion, Failed States and Violence", CRGA conference, Beirut

 

2015

 

2014

3 December:  I will be speaking on Turkey-Iraq relations at "Iraq at a crossroads" conference in Madrid, Spain, organized by Casa Arabe, FRIDE, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

27 November: I will be speaking on Turkey and changes in the Middle East at "Trouble in the Middle East: Turkey, Syria, Iraq and ISIL" event organized by Network of Students, London.

19 September: I will be speaking on developments in Turkey at the Global Horizons conference organized by Oxford Analytica, Christ Church College- Oxford.

6-10 April: I will be speaking on Islam, religion and conflict in Africa and Middle East at a gathering of Christian leaders from Africa, Asia and Middle East in Accra, Ghana. 

27 May: I will be speaking on Turkey and Syria crisis at the "How can a Regional Accord Help end the War in Syria?" conference organized by the Danish Institute on Strategic Studies and European Council on Foreign Relations in Copenhagen.

23 May: I will be speaking on Kurdish peace process and political changes in Turkey at the seminar on the topic organized by the European Council on Foreign Relations and TESEV in London.  

21 February: I will be speaking on Turkish politics and foreign policy at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London event "Turkey behind the headlines". Event audio can be found here.

8 February: I will join a panel discussion on freedom of expression in Turkey organised by the English Pen. Details can be found in this link. 

24 January: I will be giving a talk on future of the Middle East to 6th form students at the University College School, Hampstead.


2013

22 November: I will be giving a talk with the title "Religion and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa" at the Fourth Meeting of the Mediterranean Citizen's Assembly, to be held in Istanbul.

18 October: I will be delivering the annual Bjorn Bue Memorial Lecture at the MHS School of Theology, Norway on religious violence and human rights around the world and co-speaking at a panel with Kjell Magne Bondevik, former Prime Minister of Norway.

19 September: I will be speaking on developments in Turkey and Middle East at the Global Horizons conference, sharing the panel with Ambassador Hesham Youssef of League of Arab States,
Pierre Vimont of European External Action Service, organized by Oxford Analytica, Christ Church College- Oxford.

13 September: I will be giving a lecture on current challenges and the future of the Middle East at the Radley College, Oxfordshire.

3 July: I will be giving a talk on trends on religious freedom issues in the Middle East and what can be done to address them at panel discussion "Religious Freedom in the Middle East" at the House of Commons, organized by the Henry Jackson Society.

29 June: I will be speaking on developments in Turkey and their long term political implications at the European Council on Foreign Relations, London.

19-25 June: I will be giving a series of talks on religion, human rights and Middle East at the annual summer conference of Institute of Middle East Studies at the Arab Baptist Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon.

7 May: I will be co-speaking with Sir David Logan on Turkey and EU at a public forum at the House of Commons, organised by the Centre for Turkey Studies.

23 April: I will be giving a briefing before the All Party Parliamentary Group on Defence and Diplomacy in Middle East at the House of Commons on Turkish foreign policy and the Middle East.

15 March: I will give a talk with the title "Social Theory, Hermeneutics of Suspicion and Faith" at the Oxford Christian Mind Conference at the Worchester College, University of Oxford.

9 March: I will be giving a talk on different types of civil society organizations, state and public perceptions of their work at Freedom and Unfreedom in Turkey; Religion, Society and Politics Symposium, St Antony's College, University of Oxford.

13 February: I will be partaking at the panel discussion on future of EU, Turkey and UK relations with Turkey's chief EU negotiation Egemen Bagis at the Royal United Services Institute, London.

6 February: I will be giving a public talk with the title "Prospects for Turkey in a Fast-Changing World" at the Middle East Centre of the St Anthony's College, University of Oxford.

29 January: I will be delivering a paper on "the Arab Spring and Future of Christianity in the Middle East" at the Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies, Oxford.

22 January: I will give a guest lecture to students at the MA in Middle East Studies at King's College, London on religious minorities in the Middle East.


2012

18 December: I will be speaking on the Gulen movement at the European Policy Center in Brussels

26 October: I will be co-speaking with Prof Tariq Ramadan at the event "An Overview of the Arab Spring and the Role of Turkey", House of Lords, 18:30

21 September: I will be giving two talks at the Radley College, Oxford; "Turkey as an emerging regional power" and "Researching and Working in International Relations".

31 May: I will be speaking at the forum "European Muslims, Civility and Public Life: Perspectives on and From the Gulen Movement", Regent's Park College, Oxford University. For details click here

22 May: I will be speaking at the Danish Parliament on the diplomatic responses that can be given to the changes in the Middle East and North Africa with specific reference to religious freedom.

24 March: I will be delivering a paper "Agreement over the Past or the Future, which one will be the basis of Turkish-Armenian relations?" at the conference "Mapping the future of Armenian-Turkish relations in the context of the wider Middle East" at the University of Lancaster.

March 20-22: I am giving a series of talks on the current challenges faced by Christians in the Middle East and the future of the Church in the region as the keynote speaker at Sat7 Media's annual NetWork conference in Limasol, Cyprus.

March 13-17: I will be delivering a series of lectures on human rights and advocacy, trends on religious freedom across the Middle East at the Arab Baptist Seminary, Beirut.

2 February: I will be speaking at the seminar with the title "the Arab Spring on the Streets of Birmingham: the influence of international politics on local issues" at the Birmingham & Midland Institute, organised by the Dialogue Society. The event will also include presentations by Richard Burden MP and Prof Alpaslan Ozerdem from the University of York. To register click here.

30 January: I will be giving a talk with the title "Religious minorities and the myth of the fifth column; the case of non-Muslims in Turkey" at the St Anthony's College, University of Oxford, 12.45 pm.

25 January: I will be speaking on human rights and complexities of the 'Arab Spring' at the One World Forum at Warwick University, Coventry, along with Charles Tipp of SOAS and Nadim Shehadi of Chatham House. For more information click here


2011

October 26: I will be giving a talk with the title"Domestic and foreign policy challenges in Turkey and Implications for investors" at the Turkey: A World of Opportunities forum in London, organized by the Middle East Association.

October 15: I am giving a talk with the title "Arab Spring and Social Media" at the Christian New Media conference held at City University London.

October 11: I will be speaking at a conference in Cairo which will bring together Egyptian amd Turkish intellectuals to discuss common concerns and developments in both countries. The confernce is organized by the American University in Cairo and Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies.

September 29: I will be giving a lecture on current social and political changes in the Middle East and North Africa at the Radley College, Oxfordshire, UK.

September 27: I will be speaking alongside Dr Nazila Ghanea of Oxford University and H.G. Bishop Angelos of Coptic Orthodox Church at the Labour Party conference official side event in Liverpool chaired by Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, addressing the question "Will religious freedom survive the Arab Spring?"

September 10: I am speaking alongside Arik Ascherman; Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights and Rana Husseini; Muslim author of Murder in the Name of Honor at a dinner event with the title "How Muslims, Jews and Christians Pursue Peace Together",8:15 p.m.-10:30 p.m. at the Truro Church, Undercroft 10520 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22030

September 09: I am speaking at the "Liberty and Tolerance in an Age of Religious Conflict" conference along with a group of leading Muslim, Christian and Jewish thinkers and activists at the Berkley Center of Georgetown University, Washington DC.

July 29: I will be speaking at the following Congressional briefing: "The Interplay between Religious Freedom, Extremism, and Security: Implications for U.S. Policy" , 2103 Rayburn House Office Building, U.S. House of Representatives, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

June 9: I will be talking on the Turkish elections and changes in Turkish foreign policy, organised by the Henry Jackson Society.. Committee Room 5, House of Commons, 6-7 PM

March 24: I will be giving a talk with the title "Religious Freedom in the Middle East: Why Is It The least Discussed and Improved Aspect of Human Rights? " at the Strand Campus of King's College, London in a joint event of Middle Eastern Studies and Religion in Contemporary Society seminars.


2010

November 20: I will be presenting a paper on minority politics in Muslim-majority states at "State Reactions to New Religions Seminar" at the London School of Economics.

September 20: I will be presenting a summary of current challenges Turkey is facing, along with a presention by Robert O'Daly from the Economist Intelligence Unit to mark the release of my new report Prospects for Turkey at the Legatum Institute, London.

July 25-30: I will be attending and giving a lecture on the socio-political context of religious conversion in Muslim-majority states at the Islam and Religious Freedom Seminar , Whiterspoon Institute, Princeton- USA

June 14-18: I will be giving a lecture on minority rights with the title "Nation Making and Minority Politics; the case of Turkey" at the Minority Rights, Indigenous People and Human Rights Law Summer School, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway- Ireland

March 31: I will be presenting a paper with the title "Politics and Ethics of Acknowledgment of Historical Atrocities; a multi-disciplinary approach with specific reference to Armenian-Turkish disputes over 1915" at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway- Ireland.

February 13: I will be presenting a paper with the title "Are cows happier than Middle Easterners? Socio-political context of victimhood memories in the Middle East and their implications" at the "Understanding New Wars" conference organised by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge.


February 9: By kind invitation of Bob Laxton MP, the Henry Jackson Society , and the All-Party British-Turkish Parliamentary Group, I will be speaking on current political tensions in Turkey and possible future scenarios at the House of Commons, Committee Room 16, 1-2 Pm.


February 5: The Journal of Law and Public will host “The Armenian Genocide Within the Framework of National and International Law” from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Schulze Grand Atrium at the School of Law, University of St Thomas, Mineapolis, USA. I will be a discussant and commentator, alongside presentations from William A. Schabas, National University of Ireland; Geoffrey Robertson, QC, Doughty Street Chambers; Roger W. Smith, International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies; Mark L. Movsesian, St. John's University School of Law and Vahakn N. Dadrian, Zoryan Institute.