REMINDER: AFLSE Houston Talk – Today (Tue. 2/21)

European Union – Turkey and the Middle Eastern Refugee Crisis

Dear [first_name],

Please welcome to Houston one of our own alums.

Dr. Ayla Gol will discuss the rationality and politics of a deal between the EU and Turkey on the refugee crisis. She explores the EU politics that has lead to a form of activity aimed at controlling migration from the Middle East to Europe and EU relations concerned with the exercise of power. This talk will question whether or not the EU’s ‘moral high ground’ was compromised for the politics of controlling the refugee crisis through Turkey’s mediation; and looks at the extent key values such as ‘democracy, freedom and rule of law’ in an effort to protect the EU’s external borders were put aside.


Tuesday February 21st, 2017 from 6:30 until 8:30pm

Location: India House - 8888 West Bellfort Avenue, Houston, TX 77031 (MAP)

RSVP required for roster.

Dr Ayla Göl is a Reader (Associate Pr
dr-ayla-g--lofessor) in the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University since 2005, having started her academic career at the Department of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science in 2003, where she was awarded her PhD (2000). She was previously a Visiting Scholar at the Centre of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge in (2009-10). She was also the inaugural John Vincent Visiting Fellow at the Department of International Relations, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University (2002-03). Dr Göl is a holder of multiple teaching awards, including the BISA-C-SAP Prize for Excellence in Teaching International Relations (2011) and winner of the Student-led Teaching Award for the Outstanding Teacher of 2015. She was the Director of Graduate School in the Department of International Politics between 2015 and 2017. Dr Göl is the author of Turkey Facing East: Islam, Modernity and Foreign Policy (Manchester University Press, 2013) and numerous articles as well as book chapters on Turkish nationalism and foreign policy in the Middle East. 

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