Briefing on Turkey with Dr. Yusuf Ziya İrbeç’ – Friday, March 29th

Briefing on Turkey, TCG Live Event

The Common Good held an authoritative briefing on Turkey as part of ourForeign Affairs/National Security Series with Dr. Yusuf Ziya İrbeç, Member of the Turkish Parliament.

Dr. İrbeç is an economist, foreign policy expert, university professor and Turkish politician. He served as vice chairman and clerk member on the European Union Harmonisation Commission, as a member of the European Council and of the the Joint Parliamentary Commission of the European Union.

He has been a member of the Turkish Parliament since 2007.


Yusuf Ziya Irbect member of Turkish Parliament speaks at The Common Good March 29, 2013Dr. Yusuf Ziya IRBEC

Prof. Dr. Yusuf Ziya IRBEC was born in Kas, Antalya in 1959. He is an economist, foreign policy specialist and academician. He currently serves as a Member of the Turkish Parliament for Antalya since 2007 and an Executive Board Member of the Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA)  in which he is the Deputy Convenor of Peace and Democracy Program.

He served in the Turkish Parliament as Member, Clerk Member and Vice-Chairman of the European Union Harmonization Commission. He also served as a Member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee of the European Union.

He completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Vienna University of Economics where he earned his PhD degree with highest honors. At the same time he was also graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and completed his specialization at Paris National Graduate School of Management (École Nationale d’Administration-ENA).

He worked at every level of the university as an academician and played major roles in the management levels including President, Founder President and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trusties of various universities. His experiences within the private sector and international institutions from the advisor to a range of administrative duties include  the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEIK), Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC), Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Ankara Chamber of Commerce, and Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin.

His national and internationally published works include over 100 scientific articles and 3 books. Prof. Dr. IRBEC speaks 8 languages : Turkish (Native language), French, German, English, Italian, Arabic, Russian and Spanish.


Leftist Group Claims Attacks in Turkey

By Associated Press, ABC News (March 20, 2013)—A banned leftist group that carried out a suicide bombing at the U.S. Embassy last month claimed responsibility for attacks on two government offices in the Turkish capital on Wednesday.Assailants fired a rocket at Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party headquarters and hurled two hand-grenades at the Justice Ministry’s parking lot late Tuesday, wounding one person.

Blasts Hit Turkish Government Offices

By Emre Peker and Yeliz Candemir, Wall Street Journal (March 20, 2013)— The attacks targeted the headquarters of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party and the Justice Ministry in Ankara late Tuesday night, as assailants detonated homemade bombs and fired light antitank weaponry in the heart of the capital. The Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP-C, claimed responsibility Wednesday for the attacks on an affiliated website.

Investment Grade Prospects Fading for Turkey 

By Yeliz Candemir, Wall Street Journal (March 11, 2013)— ISTANBUL—Back in November, it seemed like only a matter of time. Turkish assets were leaping to record highs after Fitch Ratings awarded Turkey its first investment grade credit rating for nearly two decades. With Turkey’s economy rebalancing more rapidly than expected, market analysts confidently predicted Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s Investors Service would also upgrade Turkey in 2013, a move that promised to send waves of fresh foreign investment to the Turkish economy.

 When Long Tradition Gives Way to Venom

By Mark I. Pinsky, Wall Street Journal (March 7, 2013)— When Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey last week declared Zionism a “crime against humanity,” Turkish Jews had fresh reason to worry about the Islamist direction of Mr. Erdogan’s rule in the once proudly secular state. His statement at a United Nations gathering in Vienna follows the government’s announcement in November that Turkey would prosecute in absentia four former Israeli military commanders for their role in a 2010 clash with a flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip that left nine Turks dead.

Erdogan Wins Palestinian Hearts and Minds

By Adnan Abu Amer, Al-Monitor (March 6, 2013)— Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn’t need to declare a connection between Zionism and racism to gain popularity among Palestinians. His most recent speech spurred angry reactions from Israel, adding fuel to the fire in relations between Tel Aviv and Ankara, which have been tense since the Marmara flotilla raid off the coast of Gaza three years ago.

Turkey at the Crossroads

By Soner Cagaptay, Los Angeles Times (March 06, 2013)— The country must find a balance between its Muslim identity and its Western affiliations. Turkey is rising. In the last decade, the country’s economy has nearly trebled in size. Just 10 years ago, the average Turk had one-fifth the income of the average European. Today, Turks are only 30% less wealthy than European Union citizens. Given Europe’s financial doldrums, Turkey could catch up in the coming years and realize its 4-centuries-old dream of becoming a great power again.

Israeli Lobby Targets Turkey’s Erdoğan

World Bulletin / News Desk (March 5, 2013)— A pro-Israeli, anti-Islamic extremist group, known for running anti-Muslim ads in the New York subway, has depicted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as a terrorist in ads targeting the concept of jihad in Islam.

Greece, in Trouble elsewhere, Boosts Cooperation with Turkey

By Ayla Jean Yackley, Reuters (March 4, 2013)— (Reuters) – Beset by economic crisis at home, Greece took a symbolic step towards improving relations with long-time arch rival Turkey on Monday by pledging to double annual trade with its eastern neighbor over the next three years. Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, on his first visit to Turkey since winning power in June, met his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul and signed deals on issues from agriculture to disaster relief. They set a target of $10 billion in annual trade by 2015.

Turkish PM calls for Joint Effort with Greece to Settle Cyprus Issue

Turkish Weekly, (March 4, 2013)— ISTANBUL—Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday urged his Greek counterpart to extend joint efforts to end a dispute over the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus which has been divided between a Turkish north and a Greek south since 1974.

Turkish PM Berates Media for Coverage of Kurdish Peace Process

By Jonathon Burch, Reuters (March 4, 2013)— (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has accused the country’s media of trying to undermine a nascent Kurdish peace process and called on journalists to censor themselves if they love their nation, prompting a rare rebuke from a normally compliant press.

   Baird: Turkey’s remarks on Zionism ‘deplorable’

By Hilary Leila and Benjamin Weinthall, The Jerusalem Post (March 4, 2013)— In ‘Post’ exclusive, Canadian FM criticizes Turkish premier’s statements equating Zionism with crimes against humanity. WASHINGTON – In an interview with The Jerusalem PostSunday, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird sharply criticized Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’sstatements equating Zionism with a crime against humanity.“These remarks, we deplore them, and they’re incredibly unhelpful to the situation in the region,” Baird told the Post ahead of his address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual policy conference.During a speech on Wednesday in Vienna, Erdogan said that “just as with Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascism, it has become necessary to view Islamophobia as a crime against humanity.”

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