Hot Topic: Unrest in Turkey

Even with Turkey’s deputy prime minister apologizing for the violent crackdown on an environmental protest, the unrest and riots continue.

Protestors do not seem willing to accept anything short of the resignation of the nation’s leadership. People around the world are asking if this is the spark of the next Arab spring? What will happen next?

Carleton experts are available to sort through the details and provide insight into what this situation means to Turkey and the world.

Ozay Mehmet
Senior Fellow, Initiative in Modern Turkish Studies
 and Professor Emeritus, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs

Phone: 613-520-3742 or 613 260 5733 (cell)

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Mehmet is of Turkish-Cypriot origin. He was educated in Cyprus and was the first Turkish Cypriot to go to the London School of Economics. He is currently the senior fellow in charge of a new initiative to launch a Modern Turkish Studies Program at Carleton. He is a specialist in economic development, with special reference to Asian Tigers, Turkey and Cyprus.

Dane Rowlands

The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs

Phone: 613-520-2600 ext. 8884


Rowlands’ primary research interests are in international debt, multilateral financial institutions, official development assistance and the international aspects of economic development. He also conducts research on international migration, peacekeeping and conflict and development. He has recently been teaching courses in international finance and conflict economics.

Robert Cutler
Research Associate, Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

Phone: 514-939-2769


Cutler has taught and researched at universities in the United States, Canada, France, Switzerland and Russia. He has also served on numerous committees, including the Executive Committee of the Central Eurasian Studies Society.  He has written extensively on Turkish energy policy and regional geopolitics.


For more information
Steven Reid
Media Relations Officer
Carleton University
(613) 520-2600, ext. 8718
(613) 240-3305

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