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Events

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Upcoming events

    • 17 Sep 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The University Club, 803 State Street, Madison, WI
    Since the establishment of the Republic of Turkey in 1923, Turkey has experienced cycles of fragile democracy interspersed with single-party domination or military interventions.  Not long ago, Turkey was considered a model of constitutional democracy in the Middle East and President Obama chose it as his first majority-Muslim destination. However, in recent years, the country has drifted towards autocracy under Recep Tayyip Erdogan, former prime minister and current president. Jugular issues such as the fight against ISIS or the status of Kurds have been left at the mercy of domestic political calculations.
     
    Dr. Aslandogan will present an overview of democracy in Turkey with a focus on the current situation in Turkey and give his views on how Turkey's experiences might translate to other Middle Eastern countries.

    Dr. Y. Alp Aslandogan is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Shared Values, a 501-C-3 non-profit organization that promotes bringing together citizens of diverse backgrounds around shared values of humanity. Prior to his current position Dr. Aslandogan served as the board president
    of the Institute of Interfaith Dialog in Houston, Texas and has served as an editor of the Fountain magazine.  He publishes a column in Huffington Post.
     
    Dr. Aslandogan recently co-edited a book entitled, “Muslim Citizens of the Globalized World: Contributions of the Gulen Movement,” published by the Institute of Interfaith Dialog. He is also the co-author of an upcoming book on the history of democracy in Turkey.
     
    Dr. Aslandogan was born and raised in Balikesir, Turkey and came to the United States in 1991 to study after receiving B.Sc. degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from Bogazici University, Istanbul. He obtained his M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Case Western Reserve University and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    • 05 Oct 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI
    This will be a live webcast panel discussion with Robert Rubin, Secretary of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton; Sheldon Day, Mayor, Thomasville, Alabama; Daniel Rosen, Founding Partner, Rhodium Group; and Stephen Orlins, President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.


    Following the webcast, Jennifer Adams of US AID will present on the implications of Chinese aid and investment in Africa.


    Additional information coming soon!


    • 13 Nov 2015
    • 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • The University Club, 803 State Street, Madison, WI
    This is a special breakfast co-sponsored by the Madison Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany

    Speaker:  Professor Stephen Szabo, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

    Additional information coming soon!

    • 18 Nov 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The University Club, 803 State Street, Madison, WI
    Speaker:  Nabeel Khoury, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East


    Additional information coming soon!

    • 09 Dec 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The University Club, 803 State Street, Madison, WI
    Speaker:  Dina Smeltz, Chicago Council on Global Affairs


    Additional information coming soon!

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