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Diverse Perspectives on Turkish Society


Marshall Building, Room 479
845 N. Park Ave.
85716 Tucson , AZ


Fri, 01/19/2018 - 2:00pm


Part of the Spring 2018 MENAS Colloquium Series

Note the different location.

There will be two separate talks that will be tied together by discussant Brian Silverstein, Associate Professor of Anthropology, UA.


Social Work Practices for Syrian Migrant Children and Adolescents under Temporary Protection in Turkey

Esra Soğancı, Research Assistant in Social Work, Istanbul Arel University, Turkey
Due to the crisis in Syria, there is an intensive immigration movement and Turkey, as both a transit and a target country, is one of the most affected countries nowadays. The General Directorate of Immigration in where Syrian immigrants have been provided with various services has been established in order to manage the immigration movement effectively. Syrian immigrants are provided with temporary protection status in Turkey in the field of health, education, employment and social assistance, services and interpreting. There are 3 million 200 thousand Syrian immigrants temporarily protected in Turkey and 1,5 million of the migrants under temporary protection are in the 0-18 age range. The fact that the number of children and adolescents under temporary protection is so high increases the importance of services provided to this age range. This study focuses on the services provided to Syrian children and adolescents who are under temporary protection. Social work and social assistance interventions are needed to raise welfare levels of disadvantaged groups. In this context, the evaluation of the adequacy and effectiveness of these studies on Syrian children under temporary protection form the prominence of this work. Interdisciplinary practices are being carried out in order to raise the general well being of Syrian immigrant children under temporary protection in Turkey, through non-governmental organizations, local governments, associations, ministries, and directorates, have been examined in detail in this study.

The Impact of Culture Phenomenon in Shaping of Behaviour of Turkish Foreign Policy

Murat Bayar, Lecturer in International Relations, Istanbul Arel University, Turkey

Culture phenomenon as one of the main characters of Turkish Foreign Policy has emerged as irrational behaviors in shaping the behavior of decision-makers. In the study, culture phenomenon and its reflection in the behavior of decision-makers have been investigated based on the concepts like ethnic culture, religious culture, historical heritage and universality. These four dimensions which play a role in the shaping of foreign policy behavior have been revealed from both the ruling AK Party's understanding of civilization and the Turkish culture. This situation appears to have emerged in the Turkish foreign policy in the form of discourses on the politics of Northern Iraq and Syrian Issue. In the study, the discourse of Turkish foreign policy produced by decision makers on Turkey’s Northern Iraq politics and Syrian politics. Northern Iraq Politics between 2005-2007, Syrian Politics between 2011-2012  were examined with the method of discourse analysis. The main purpose of selecting these dates for Northern Iraq was to examine the culture phenomenon in all these periods which admitting the year 2005 as the tension between Turkish foreign policy and Northern Iraq, presuming the year 2006 as a transition period and accepting of the year 2007 and beyond as reconciliation period. The importance of the selection of the dates related to Syria was to start to deteriorate relations between Turkey and Syria. Moreover, the study examines the influence of culture phenomenon which is a sociological factor in decision making process in Turkish Foreign Policy with Northern Iraq and Syria.


Co-sponsor includes: The Arizona Center for Turkish Studies