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Benjamin Hoste | Staff PhotographerKemal Kirişci, director of the Center on the United States and Europe’s Turkey Project at the Brookings Institution, delivers Friday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater, closing a week of lectures on the theme “Turkey: Model for the Middle East?”

Kirisci sees Turkey as a future model for Middle East

Finally answering the elusive question in the title of Week Eight’s theme, Kemal Kirişci said at Friday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater that Turkey’s status as a model for the Middle East should not be overstated. He warned against praising the country’s government as something to be emulated.

Kirişci, a senior fellow and director of the Center on the United States and Europe’s Turkey Project at the Brookings Institution, explored the question of whether the protests in Istanbul’s Taksim Square had damaged Turkey’s position as a role model for the region. His lecture was the last in this week’s theme of “Turkey: A Model for the Middle East?”

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Brian Smith | Staff PhotographerÖzlem Denizmen, of Turkish conglomerate the Doğuş Group, delivers Thursday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater about the importance of financial literacy and bridging the gender gap in the workplace.

Denizmen works to help Turkish women speak the language of money

If one grew up in a country where money, capital and finance were rarely talked about, imagine how hard it would be to invest, buy a home or even create a savings account.

As a pioneer of financial literacy in her home country of Turkey where that is that case, Özlem Denizmen wants to start that conversation.

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Rohde, Sener to discuss state of Turkish press

At today’s 10:45 a.m. morning lecture in the Amphitheater, Chautauquans will see the world through the eyes of foreign affairs columnist David Rohde and Nedim Şener, the man who dared to accuse Turkish police of assassinating a prominent Turkish-Armenian journalist.

Şener is a Turkish investigative reporter. His work has won him the International Press Institute’s World Press Freedom Hero award — and also prompted authorities to throw him in jail for “collaborating” with Ergenekon, a network of alleged terrorists in Turkey. He currently awaits trial for criminal activities tied to terrorism.

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Brian Smith | Staff PhotographerIbrahim Kalin, chief adviser to the Turkish prime minister, speaks Tuesday morning in the Amphitheater on the importance of Turkey in the global community.

Kalin: Turkish political system still a work in progress

As a country that began its experiment in democracy less than a century ago, the transformation from the Ottoman Empire to the Republic of Turkey has been nothing less than remarkable. But Ibrahim Kalin doesn’t think of his country as a perfect model for democracy. Rather, he believes it should serve as motivation for other countries.

“Turkey can serve as a source of inspiration, and maybe there are experiences from which other Middle Eastern countries can learn,” he said. “But we don’t impose Turkey as a model, because it’s just too patronizing.”

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Brian Smith | Staff PhotographerJohn Bryson Chane, the retired bishop of the Episcopal Washington diocese, speaks during Tuesday’s Interfaith Lecture in the Hall of Philosophy on the important role of Turkey in Iranian-American relations.

Chane argues need for Turkey in negotiations with Iran

During his Interfaith Lecture on Monday, the Right Rev. John Chane demonstrated that Turkey and Iran share similar political and economic interests: Both are concerned about the plight of those living in the Palestinian territories, and soon the trade volume between the two countries is expected to exceed $30 billion, he said.

However, Chane noted that Iran and Turkey also have their differences. Iran sees Syria’s Assad regime as its ally and as a distribution point for weapons, arming both Syrian forces and also Hezbollah. Turkey, on the other hand, views Syria as a destabilizing presence in the region and has directly opposed its leadership.

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Turkish official Kalin explores Middle East-U.S. relations

In a week dedicated to exploring whether or not Turkey is a model for the Middle East, Ibrahim Kalin will explain why he believes the country’s political and economic systems are ideal for continued prosperity in the region and for cultivating improved relations with other countries such as the United States.

Kalin is the chief adviser to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the head of Turkey’s Justice and Development Party. The party, better known as the AKP, currently controls parliament and is the country’s largest political party. At today’s 10:45 a.m. morning lecture in the Amphitheater, Kalin will be speaking about how Erdoğan and the AKP are working to improve relations between the Middle East and the West.

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Shifting demographics key to understanding modern Turkey, scholar Rubin says

Michael Rubin was excited. He had just returned from meeting with key Kurdish political officials in a mountain redoubt in northern Iraq, adding fresh perspectives to his ongoing pursuit of understanding Turkey, the Middle East and the future of U.S. interests in the region.

Rubin, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, will open Week Eight’s exploration of “Turkey: Model for the Middle East?” at 10:45 a.m. today in the Amphitheater.

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Soltes to paint the complicated backdrop against which Turkish current events are set

About five years ago, Ori Soltes and one of his colleagues were lecturing on Shariah at a conference of approximately 200 federal judges and attorneys. During the Q-and-A portion of the presentation, Soltes claimed that Turkey was “positioned to [connect] the East and the West,” and that Turkey now had an opportunity to “re-engage the Arab world, which had been largely hostile to the country for a long time.”

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