Global Dialogue Series

Hear a different world perception on pressing global issues and engage in discourse by participating in a discussion with Turkish students and faculty at Yasar University.

The Global Dialogue Series is a unique opportunity to trade thoughts and perspectives with fellow academics on the other side of the globe via live videoconferencing. 

The conversations will take place with students enrolled in Yasar University’s Department of International Relations, whose faculty work on several topics including EU-Turkey relations, energy security, migration, contemporary Balkan studies, conflict analysis and resolution, peace studies etc. Yasar also houses a European Union Center, and a Mediterranean Center facilitating research in the areas of governance and security. Come ready to ask questions of the participants from Yasar, and also be ready to answer questions they may have for you!

Institutions and schools wanting to participate in the dialogue session via video-conference should contact Elaine Linn at eel58@pitt.edu.

Dates & Discussion Topics

11/13 at 10AM - Population and Migration
with Professor Ayselin Yildiz

Students will discuss global migration, the immigration dilemma in Europe, and the current migration crisis affecting the continent.

Suggested Readings:

11/6 at 10AM - Conflict and Proliferation of Weapons
with Prof. Nazif Mandaci

Students will discuss the relationship between conflict and the proliferation of small and light weaponry and nuclear proliferation. Conflict resolution will be a theme.

Suggested Readings:

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  • Strazzari Francesco & Simone Tholens. 2009. “Tesco for Terrorists’ Reconsidered: Arms and Conflict Dynamics in Libya and in the Sahara-Sahel Region.” European Journal of Criminal Policy Research. 20: 343-360.
  • Sagan, Scott D. 2009. “Shared Responsibilities for Nuclear Disarmament.” Daedalus. Fall. 157-68.
  • Schelling, Thomas C. 2009. “A World Without Nuclear Weapons?” Daedalus. Fall. 124-9.

10/16 at 11AM - Inequality and Poverty
with Professor Emre Iseri 

Students will discuss poverty, inequality between countries, and sustainable development. Prospects for democratic stability in capitalist countries will be discussed.

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