Activities

Wednesday, November 22

 

The 2013-2014 academic year has been another busy year for Professor Evin both in Istanbul and abroad.

In the past year, Evin has successfully published a number of book chapters and articles. In May, Evin and Sabanci University colleague Emre Hatipoglu published a chapter entitled “Convergence or Divergence: EU and Turkish Foreign Policy Over the Last Decade” in the book A European Union with 36 Members? Perspectives and Risks (ed. Peter Balazs). In April 2014, Evin published a brief article entitled “Turkey’s Political Turmoil and Its Transatlantic Implications” in the Transatlantic Academy’s The State of the Transatlantic World 2014. On March 31st, Evin was featured on the cover of Hurriyet Daily News with his interview, “Disengagement from West weakens Turkey in Mideast,” which additionally covered a whole page spread in the Istanbul newspaper. 

Both as a speaker and as a participant, Evin has been invited to some of the world’s leading conferences on global politics and energy this year. In July 2013, Evin began his year at the conference “Rentier State at 25: Dismissed, Revised, Upheld?” as a speaker with Simone Tagliapietra on “The Rentier State at 25: Part of the Global Economy?” In the fall, Evin continued to speak at conferences such as the “EU-36” conference on the “Eurozone” and the Policy Dialogue on “Ageing and Development: Sources of Economic Growth for Developing and Emerging Economies” which was hosted by the Istanbul Policy Center, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the Global Council on Aging.  Keeping up with the most recent debates in international energy, Evin also participated in the FEEM “Gas Talks” in Milan (5-6 November 2013), which focused on brainstorming “New Challenges and Opportunities For European Gas Markets.”

As a fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Evin has attended numerous conferences hosted by the organization throughout the year.  Evin attended “Hydrocarbon Resources in the Eastern Mediterranean: Challenges and Options” (30 September-2 October 2013) at Wilton Park in London, “Trilateral Strategy Group: Eighth Meeting-- Stockholm” (3-5 November 2013), “Turkey: What Happened to Zero Problems?” in Washington D.C. (12 March 2014) and “Mediterranean Energy: Developments West and East” in Turin (28-30 May 2014). Evin also attended a series of workshops hosted by GMF in coordination with CES (Centre for European Studies), the University of Nicosia and As a fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Evin has attended numerous conferences hosted by the organization throughout the year.  Evin attended “Hydrocarbon Resources in the Eastern Mediterranean: Challenges and Options” (30 September-2 October 2013) at Wilton Park in London, “Trilateral Strategy Group: Eighth Meeting-- Stockholm” (3-5 November 2013), “Turkey: What Happened to Zero Problems?” in Washington D.C. (12 March 2014) and “Mediterranean Energy: Developments West and East” in Turin (28-30 May 2014). Evin also attended a series of workshops hosted by GMF in coordination with CES (Centre for European Studies), the University of Nicosia and the Institute for Eurodemocracy Glafcos Clerides, entitled “Hydrocarbons and Sustainable Development in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean Region” (24-25 September 2013). Panelists discussed the role of hydrocarbons in sustainable economic development, ensuring environmental protection in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean and the security risks of offshore energy installations. 

In the spring, Evin spoke on the “Socio Political Environment of Turkey, Political Aspects of Turkey EU Entry” at the European Residency conference “Doing Business in Europe (27 March 2014).  He participated in the conferences “Europe’s shifting politics: the challenge of smarter integration” hosted by the Aspen European Dialogue (2 April 2014) and “Studying Modern China: Blind Spots, Unsolved Puzzles, Hidden Controversies” hosted by the International Academic Conference, Mercator Institute for China Studies and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Berlin (11 April 2014).   On 27 June 2014, Evin spoke to the Bosporus Energy Club.

Locally, Evin has also been increasingly active at numerous conferences in Istanbul.  Evin appeared as a panel member at a conference held at Bogazici University in Istanbul on February 27, AB Surecinde Turkiye’nin Son Durumu and also participated in the “Europe-Turkey Media Forum” at Bilgi University (10-11 May 2014).  He also spoke at the “Türkiye Kültürel Diyaloğu” in Kocaeli (9 May 2014).

Further, as a senior scholar at the Istanbul Policy Center, Evin co-organized a conference in Paris with the Transatlantic Academy entitled “The Future of the Liberal Order II” (27 May 2014), which brought together some of the world’s leading thinkers on international politics. In conjunction with the IPC-USAK-NATO talk series, Evin opened the conference “Transitioning Afghanistan: Institution and Security Nexus” (6 May 2014). 

Evin has continued his commitment to education as he’s both continued to teach undergraduate and graduate classes at Sabanci University while also sharing his wisdom with several visitors to Turkey from abroad. In March, Evin was invited to lecture on Turkish politics for the students of Bard College and the University of Central Asia.  In May, he was invited to lecture for MBA students from Pacific University on “Turkey’s New Geopolitics.”

For the second year in a row, Evin has worked with the Anna Lindh Foundation-La Caixa Chair at Sabanci University in conjunction with the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals to promote energy education in the Euro-Mediterranean region.  As a part of this project, Evin has taught a course in the spring semester entitled “Energy Politics” for the second year in a row and has helped pioneer the Euro-Mediterranean Summer School.  Evin’s work has not only advanced students‘ knowledge of the Euro-Mediterranean region but further encouraged intercultural dialogue amongst students hailing from across this region In addition, Evin has been educating Turkey’s leading energy professionals as he has teamed up with Sabanci University’s Murat Kaya to teach a masters level course entitled “Energy: Economics and Policy.”   

 

 

 

Jean Monnet Workshop: Curriculum Design in European Studies Sabanci University, 16-17 February 2012

Newsletter Fall 2013

 

Since becoming the Jean Monnet Chair of European Studies in 2011, Ahmet Evin, Ph.D (Sabanci University) has continued to advance his reputation as a leading academic in the fields of Turkish politics, European studies and Euro-Mediterranean energy policies.  He has been involved with a number of projects and programs in to help support and understand European integration. 

 

For the past two years, Ahmet Evin has been actively involved with the EU-36 series of workshops, a series hosted in accordance with FEFA, EBRD, Central European University, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Sabanci Univeristy and the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (SFPA).  The primary aim of these workshops is to create a theoretical model of potential EU enlargement.  After attending his first workshop in Belgrade (April 2012, “Extending the Single Market from 27 to 36”), Professor Evin presented his paper “Energy Outlook of Western Balkans: Prospects for Oil and Gas Supplies” during his second EU-36 workshop in London (“Extending the Trans-European Networks”).  In his third workshop, (“The Prospects of Enlargement: Institutions and the Political Dimension”), Evin was invited to speak on “The Prospect of Accession and Political Dynamics in Candidate Countries.”  During most recent workshop (“Political Consequences of Further Enlargement and the New Foreign Policy Dimension”) hosted by his own Sabanci University, Evin gave the opening remarks.

From April 25-26, 2013, Professor Evin attended the “EU-36 Geneva Meeting.”  The conference was organized by the European Cultural Centre, the European Institute, the Center for European Legal Studies and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.  During the conference, Evin spoke on the topic “EU Enlargement: Implications for the Future European Architecture.” 

International and Development Studies.  During the conference, Evin spoke on the topic “EU Enlargement: Implications for the Future European Architecture.” 

Professor Evin has been working with the Central European University-Sabanci University Joint Initiative since 2012.  The partnership aims to strengthen academic capacities of both institutes, to reach valuable academic results, to enhance academic cooperation between the institutes, to create financial support, and to cooperative research and education projects. The initiative includes projects of student and faculty exchanges, joint development and teaching of courses, organizing seminars and summer schools, conducting research projects for original knowledge.

 

 

As part of this initiative, Professor Evin co-organized a public workshop on the subject of “Turkey and EU Enlargement: Prospects and Policies” in Budapest (12-13 Jan. 2010).  The workshop was hosted by CEU-ENS, IPC and CEU.  Together with Duygugul-Can, Evin gave a speech on “Turkey’s Energy Policy and the EU’s Energy Demand: Convergence or Divergence.”   Since this, Evin has organized a number of other workshops with the Central European University (CEU), including “Reclaiming the Impetus for Turkey-EU Relations” (Oct. 2012) and “Reconceptualising Euro-Mediterranean Integration Dynamics: What Role for Parliaments, Non-Governmental Actors and Intergovernmental Policy Dialogue?” (May 2013). 

Taking on his most recent project, Ahmet Evin has become a co-chair of the La Caixa Foundation – Anna Lindh Foundation – IBEI – Sabanci University joint summer school project launched in January 2013. The project aims to promote cross-cultural familiarity and intellectual exchange among the youth living in the Euro-Mediterranean region and to engage students from these countries in intercultural dialogue. Leading academics participating in the project are Meltem Muftuler Bac (SU), Ahmet Evin (SU), Isik Ozel (SU), Eduard Soler Lecha (IBEI), Selin Turkes Kilic (SU/YU), Andreu Claret (Anna Lindh Foundation), Elanora Insalaco (Anna Lindh Foundation), Robert Manchin (Gallup Europe) and Andreu Olesti (IBEI).  Between 15-21 September 2013, Prof. Evin co-organized with IBEI, La Caixa and Anna Lindh the joint summer school on Euro-Mediterranean Studies, inviting students from around the region to partake in a weeklong cultural dialogue in order to advance their knowledge of the Euro-Mediterranean region and its cultural diversity.

As part of his work with the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (JMCE), Professor Evin was invited to speak on “Turkey’s Neighborhood Policy and Energy” at Middle East Technical University as part of the JMCE 2011-2012 Seminar Series (April 2012).  The organization was hosted by METU Center for European Studies.

Professor Ahmet Evin continues to work at the Istanbul Policy Center located on the campus of Sabanci University.  On 10 January 2012, Professor Evin organized a workshop hosted by the Istanbul Policy Center titled “Turkish Modernization and Strategic Choices”—the contents of which were published by Professor Evin and Onur Sazak in Turkish Modernization and Strategic Choices.  On May 22, 2013, Evin organized another workshop, “The Future of the Liberal Order,” with the Istanbul Policy Center and its partner the Transatlantic Academy and Columbia Global Centers. 

Since 2011, Professor Evin has attended a variety of workshops and conferences around Turkey and Europe, including “European Union 2020” at the Izmir University of Economics (Dec. 2011),  “Double Transitions: Economics and Politics Across Europe and the Mediterranean” (March 2012, Aspen Institute Italia) and “Multilateral Young Leaders Conference on Mediterranean Bridge (May 2012, The Council for the United States and Italy, ACG and Atlantik-Brucke E.V.) where he moderated the plenary session “Looking into the Future: Demography, Democracy, and Prosperity.”  Professor Evin has also attended the 14thKronberg Talks (May 2012) on “Europe, Turkey and the Mediterranean: Fostering Cooperation and Strengthening Relations,” where he chaired the forum “Europe, Turkey and the Mediterranean: Fostering Cooperating and Strengthening Relations.”  Later that month in Washington D.C., Professor Evin attended the German Marshall Group’s conference “Can the West Cope?” and appeared on the panel “Do We Need a Broader West?”  Evin attended the conference “The Pursuit in Europe” (June 2012) at the Engelsberg Seminar in Sweden where he gave a speech on “Muslims in Europe: Integration or Isolation.” He also has been invited to “The Sixth Pan-European Conference on EU Politics” as chair of the panel on EU and Energy Security (September 2012, University of Tampere) and “Gas Talks—Brainstorming Workshop: New Challenges and Opportunities for European Gas Markets” as panelist on new developments in the Eurasian region and impacts on the European gas market (December 2012). 

This February, Professor Evin had the honor of being invited to participate in the 8th Annual Conference on EU Energy Law and Policy.  Later in the month, he attended the Mediterranean Strategy Group’s conference “The Future of Mediterranean Europe: Between the Euro Crisis and Arab Revolution” as a panelist for “Thinking Beyond the Crisis: Reinventing Southern Europe.”  Professor Evin continues to work with the EU and energy policy as he attended the workshop “The ‘Schengenization’ of EU Energy Policy: The Case of Euro-Mediterranean Renewables Exchange” in June hosted by the European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Clingendael International Energy Program, REKK, CEPS and Loyola de Palacio Chair in Fiesole, Italy.  In July, he attended the workshop “Rentier State at 25: Dismissed, Revised, Upheld?” as a speaker with Simone Tagliapietra on “The Rentier State at 25: Part of the Global Economy?”