519 Church Street Room TBA or 304
Topic: Humanist perspectives on modern Turkey
Proposer: Jon Aldridge
How does the failed coup d'état in Turkey on 15-16 July 2016 affect the prospects for secular institutions and citizens in the country?
To what extent does Turkey's human-rights record, for instance imprisonment of journalists and judges, functionally undermine the country's official status as a democracy?
What motives could have pushed the coup plotters in to action?
How might instability in Turkey impact upon military actions in Syria and Iraq and the on-going refugee crisis?
In what ways could other countries, including Canada, conduct foreign relations with Turkey in order to support constitutional democracy?