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Turkey & the Caucasus after Georgia

posted by JFNC Message Boards. on October, 2008 as CONFERENCES

From: Eagle_wng  (Original Message) Sent: 10/31/2008 6:52 PM
Title:  Turkey & the Caucasus after Georgia
 Date(s):  10/29/2008 - 10/29/2008
 Location:  Washington, DC
 Description  Presents:
Turkey & the Caucasus after Georgia
Featuring Keynote Speaker Graham Fuller
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Glen E. Howard
The Jamestown Foundation
Panel One:
9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Mitat Celikpala
“Turkey's Reaction to the War in the Caucasus"
Associate Professor, Department of International Relations
TOBB University, Ankara
Saban Kardas
"Turkey and the Caucasus Stability Pact"
Department of International Relations, Sakarya University, Turkey
Coffee Break
10:45 - 11:00 a.m.
Panel Two:
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Igor Torbakov
"The Impact of the War on Russia-Turkish Relations"
Senior Researcher
Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Helsinki, Finland
John C. K. Daly
"The Strategic Implications of the Montreux Convention
for Non-Black Sea Powers"
Fellow in Eurasian Defense and Security Affairs
The Jamestown Foundation

*Keynote Luncheon Speaker*
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Graham Fuller
“Turkey and Georgia in the Changing Landscape of Eurasia”

Afternoon Panel:
1:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Paul Goble
“Caucasian Diasporas and Turkish Foreign Policy”
Director of Research and Publications
Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy
Ibrahim Kalin
“The Internal Dynamics of Turkish Foreign Policy”
Director General SETA
Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research
Ankara and Georgetown University
Dato Soumbadze
“A Georgian Perspective of Turkey’s Role in the Caucasus”
Central Asia-Caucasus Institute

Wednesday, October 29, 2008
9:30 A.M. - 3:30 PM
The Jamestown Foundation
1111 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
**$25 registration fee**
Registration fee can be paid in advance through Paypal or at the event
Lunch will be provided.
Event Overview:

The Russia-Georgia war this past summer has had tremendous regional repercussions for Turkey’s role in the South Caucasus. Since the war, Ankara has taken steps to play a wider regional role by appearing to work in concert with Russia, which culminated with the announcement of the Caucasus Stability Pact. As the anchor of NATO’s eastern flank, Turkey maintains historic ties to the Caucasus and its ties to Abkhazia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, make Ankara an important player in regional security. However, Turkey’s deepening ties to Russia raise questions about the geopolitical orientation of Turkey in light of U.S. support for Georgia during the recent war as Ankara struggles to play a delicate balancing act between the regional powers. At stake for Washington is America’s continued strategic access to the Black Sea via the Bosporus and Russian territorial aspirations to Crimea. Join us for a full day discussion on Turkey and the Caucasus after Georgia as we address Ankara’s changing ties to the South Caucasus and its implications for regional security.
For more information on the conference please go to
As space is limited, reservations are required. Please e-mail your name and affiliation to:
Graham E. Fuller is currently an independent writer, analyst, lecturer and consultant on Muslim World affairs and Adjunct Professor of History at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He received his BA and MA at Harvard University in Russian and Middle Eastern studies. He served 20 years in the Foreign Service, mostly the Muslim World, working in Germany, Turkey, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, North Yemen, Afghanistan, and Hong Kong. In 1982 he was appointed the National Intelligence Officer for Near East and South Asia at CIA, and in 1986 Vice-Chairman of the National Intelligence Council at CIA, with overall responsibility for all national level strategic forecasting.
In 1988 Mr. Fuller left government and joined the RAND Corporation where he was a Senior Political Scientist for 12 years. His research focused primarily on the Middle East, Central Asia, South and Southeast Asia, and problems of ethnicity and religion In politics. His studies for RAND include a provocative 1991 study on the geopolitical implications of the Palestinian “Intifada”; a series of studies on Islamic fundamentalism in Turkey, Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Algeria; the survivability of Iraq; the “New Geopolitics of Central Asia” after the fall of the USSR; and problems of democratization and Islam. He is author of the following books:
• The Center of the Universe: the Geopolitics of Iran , Westview, 1991;
• The Democracy Trap: Perils of the Post-Cold War World, Dutton, 1992;
• The New Foreign Policy of Turkey: From the Balkans to Western China , (with Ian Lesser), Westview, 1993;
• A Sense of Siege: The Geopolitics of Islam and the West , (with Ian Lesser), Westview, 1994;
• Turkey’s Kurdish Question (with Henri Barkey), Rowman and Littlefield, 1997;
• The Arab Shi’a: the Forgotten Muslims (with Rend Francke), St. Martin’s, 1999;
• The Future of Political Islam , (Palgrave, May 2003).
• The New Turkish Republic: Turkey's Pivotal Role in the Middle East, US Institute of Peace, 2008.
Many other articles appeared in Orbis, Current History, Middle East Insight, The Middle East Journal, Mediterranean Quarterly,. Mr. Fuller is a regular op-ed contributor to The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Christian Science Monitor. He has appeared frequently on ABC’s “Nightline,” ABC Evening News, CNN, PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer, and Fox Television News; and comments regularly for BBC radio, Voice of America and other news stations. He has an extensive knowledge of foreign languages including Russian, Turkish, Arabic, and Chinese, and is the author of the popular book


Dr. John C.K. Daly is Washington based consultant on Eurasian defense and naval security issues. He is a frequent writer for the Jamestown publications Eurasia Daily Monitor and Terrorism Monitor. He received his Ph.D. in 1986 in Russian and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London.
Daly has worked on issues regarding Russia, the Middle East, Turkey, Central Asia and the Caucasus for over 30 years. His book Russian Sea Power and the Eastern Question (Naval Institute Press, 1991) dealt extensively with Russian-Turkish relations. Other writings on Turkey include “Analysis: Turkey and Terrorism” UPI 21 November 2003; “Turkey and the Kurds: an End in Sight” Jane’s Terrorism & Security Monitor April 2002; “The Irresistible Force & the Immovable Object: Russia, Turkey, Oil & Straits” Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst 20 June 2001; “Turkey's Choke Hold on Caspian Oil” in The Russian April-May 1998 and “Oil, Guns and Empire: Turkey, Caspian ‘New Oil’ and the Montreux Convention,” Caspian Crossroads Fall 1997.
Since 2003 Daly has been an international correspondent from United Press International. In 1999 while at the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute of Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, he founded the Cyber-Caravan, which continues today under the title The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst. Daly subsequently served as director of programs at the Middle East Institute. His writing has appeared in Jamestown's Spotlight on Terror, Eurasia Daily Monitor, China Brief and Terrorism Monitor, along with Jane's Defense Group's Intelligence Watch Report, Jane's Intelligence Review, Terrorism Watch Report, Jane's Terrorism & Security Monitor and Islamic Affairs Analyst, Caspian Crossroads, ISN and as the Christian Science Monitor, along with being a contributing editor for Vanity Fair on terrorism.
Dr. Mitat Çelikpala is Associate Professor of International Relations at TOBB Economy and Technology University, Ankara. He was born in Ankara on 19 October 1969. He graduated from Middle East Technical University Dep. of Political Science and Public Administration. He received his MA and PhD on International Relations from Bilkent University. He has published widely on the Caucasus, North Caucasian Diaspora, people and security in the Caucasus and Black Sea regions and Turkish-Russian relations. He lectures at TOBB ETU, Hacettepe University, War College and Turkish National Security Academy on Turkish Foreign Policy, the Politics of the Caucasus and Central Asia and Turkish Political Structure and Political life.


Ibrahim Kalin, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, Washington DC and the founding-director of the SETA Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research based in Ankara, Turkey. He received his B.A. in History from the University of Istanbul, Turkey, and Ph. D. from the George Washington University, Washington DC. He received his training in history, humanities and Islamic studies.
As director of SETA (, Dr. Kalin has taken an active part in a number of regional initiatives and participated in numerous meetings and conferences. He has written extensively on Turkey's role in its region and Turkish politics. His columns appear in the English daily Today’s Zaman. His book on Islam and the West (in Turkish) has been awarded the 2007 Best Book Award by the Turkey Writers Association.

Paul Goble is director of research and publications at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy in Baku. Prior to joining that institution but after retiring from the U.S. government in 2004, he was vice dean for the social sciences and humanities at Audentes University in Tallinn and a senior research associate at the EuroCollege of the University of Tartu in Estonia. Earlier, he served in a variety of capacities in the U.S. government, including at the Department of State and Central Intelligence Agency; at U.S. international broadcasting institutions like Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and the Voice of America, and at various think tanks, including the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Potomac Foundation, and the Jamestown Foundation. The editor of five volumes on ethnicity and religion in the former Soviet space, he continues to prepare daily commentaries on these issues, posting his articles at or on request by e-list ( Trained at Miami University in Ohio and the University of Chicago, he has been decorated by the governments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for his work in promoting Baltic independence and the withdrawal of Russian forces from those formerly occupied lands.

Saban Kardas holds a Master of Science degree in international relations from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, and a Masters degree in European Studies from the Center for European Integration Studies in Bonn, Germany. He is employed by the Department of International Relations at Sakarya University, Turkey. He is currently an associate instructor at the University of Utah, where he is completing his doctoral dissertation on Turkish-American relations.
He has published scholarly articles and book chapters on Turkish domestic and foreign policies. He occasionally contributes to Jamestown Foundation’s publications, as well as Turkish newspapers. He is also the assistant editor of the journal Insight Turkey, and serves as the chair of the committee organizing the annual Middle East & Central Asia Conference (

David Soumbadze is a coordinator of the fellowship programs for young leaders from Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Afghanistan at the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. He holds a BA and MA in Economic, Political and Social Geography from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia (1982) and a Master's Degree in International Policy and Practice from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs (2008).
From 1994 to 2006 David Soumbadze worked for the Embassy of Georgia in the USA, Canada and Mexico as a Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission in charge of political and security affairs. Twice (2002 and 2006) he also served as a Charge d’Affaires of Georgia in the United States. Prior to coming to Washington David Soumbadze worked as an adviser in the office of the National Security Adviser to the President of Georgia (1992-1994) and as a Deputy Head of NATO and Disarmament Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia (1992). He also served as an Executive Secretary of the State Commission on Georgia’s Participation in NATO’s Partnership for Peace Program (1993-1994).
From 1982 to 1991 David Soumbadze was a Deputy Head of System Analysis Department in the Institute of Information and Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. He has held the diplomatic rank of Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.

Igor Torbakov is Senior Researcher at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs in Helsinki. A trained historian, he specializes in Russian and Eurasian history and politics. He was a Research Scholar at the Institute of Russian History, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow; a Visiting Scholar at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC; a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University, New York; a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University; and a Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in Uppsala, Sweden. He holds an MA in History from Moscow State University and a PhD from the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. 
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