Turkey: Student Delegation

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Turkey is a fascinating country and its position in the Middle East has long been distinct, symbolically linking Europe to Asia geographically, its broader position in the region reflects this fact and Turkey maintains strong ties to Europe and NATO whilst simultaneously inextricably linked to the situation in MENA. This student delegation will be focused on assessing the relationship between the international and the domestic sphere, how many issues transcend these barriers and what actions a government can undertake in order to combat them. The focus of this delegation will thus be twofold, concerning both domestic and regional developments; more specifically the effects of the recent surge of refugees fleeing Syria, ethnic minority and women representation in government, Turkish strategies to tackle threat of ISIS and more broadly, developments in Turkey’s regional and international position.

  • Trip Leader: Amba Tadaa
  • Estimated Costs:
  • Estimated Dates: 27th March – 4th April

Provisional Itinerary:

This delegation will begin in London on 25th May with a meeting with Research Turkey (a Turkish think tank) before leaving two days later to Ankara.

List of Anticipated Organizations:

  • US Embassy Ankara
  • UK Embassy Ankara
  • Russian Embassy Ankara
  • Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ankara
  • UNHCR Ankara UNDP Ankara
  • Altan Tan (Turkish MP and Kurdish Supporter)
  • Research Turkey – London based Think Tank
  • Center for Strategic Research Turkey (SAM) – Ankara based Think Tank
  • Additional Think Tank to contrast SAM – undecided as of yet
  • LSE Alumni

 

 

The delegation will then move to Istanbul where there will be more think tank meetings, sight seeing and a meeting with LSE Alumni.

Afternoon travel to Istanbul via bus 1st of April –

Sightseeing options will include

Ankara:

  •  Ataturk Mausoleum
  • Anatolian Civilizations Museum

Istanbul:

  • Aya Sofya
  • Topkapi Palace
  • Blue Mosque
  • Basilica Cistern
  • Grand Bazaar
  • Galata Tower
  • Archeology Museum
  • Museum of Innocence
  •  Costs will thus vary but estimations are around £400

 

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