International Symposium on Continuity & Change in North Africa, Turkey and Iran

International Symposium on Continuity & Change in North Africa, Turkey and Iran

Today we witness the Middle East and North Africa region that remains the epicenter of world politics and security, especially since the turn of the century. The devastating trajectory of the Arab Spring, the failed democratization attempts, and the subsequent traumatic civil wars and sectarian conflicts radically destabilized the region where hundreds of thousands of people were killed and millions of others were uprooted and displaced. Further, the solution attempts have proved disheartening and fruitless with no foreseeable end to the crises in such Middle Eastern countries as Iraq, Yemen, and Syria. Part of the failure came from pursuing singular solutions to the otherwise entwined problems of the region. The Symposium offers an attempt to discuss and understand the nature and scope of this regional interconnectedness of the Middle Eastern issues by analyzing them in a larger context by paying particular attention to the agency and political orientations of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The Symposium will focus on the dynamics of continuity with change in North Africa, Turkey, and Iran. North Africa was the cradle of the Arab Spring from where it spread to several Middle Eastern countries and it merits spherical attention to reach an insightful analysis of the region. On the one hand, having immensely suffered from destabilization, violence, and terror in the area, especially in Syria and the chronic humanitarian crisis, Turkey has lately taken a more assertive role in regional politics. On the other hand, Iran's regional policies expanded its influence in the Middle East since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the removal of Saddam Hossein, and its rapprochement with the West, particularly over the nuclear crisis. Within this context IRAM, in partnership with Yıldırım Beyazıt University in Ankara, invites experts from all over the world to explore the trajectory, extent, and future of change and continuity in the Middle East in The First International Semi-Annual Trilogy Conference. The papers can be specific to one country or region or can tackle issues comparatively between them. We will publish the conference proceedings. We also plan to publish an edited volume from the selected articles presented during the Symposium.

The papers can be presented in Arabic, English, Turkish, and Persian. You can send your abstract form (between 500 to 1500 words) to our email

Registration fee: $50. We will provide meals during the program and the participants cover their accommodation and travel expenses. We have a limited amount of funding for tickets and accommodation for the participants that need financial assistance. 

The following themes will be discussed during the program (without excluding others):

  • Cultural dynamics
  • Economy and development
  • Economic reforms and diversification
  • Security, radicalism, and terror
  • Ethnicity and ethnic relations
  • Sects and sectarian relations
  • Democratic transition
  • Civil-military relations
  • Social problems & possible solutions
  • Immigration, Refugees, and diaspora
  • Civil society and state relations
  • Economic relations and integration
  • Conflicts and conflict resolution
  • Armed groups and their role
  • Energy and Environment
  • Bilateral Relations: Turkey-Iran, Iran-North Africa, Turkey-North Africa, etc.
  • Academic and cultural relations


  • Sending abstracts: 1 February 2017
  • Announcement of accepted abstracts: 20 February 2017
  • Symposium Dates: 20-22 April 2017


  • Presidents: Prof.Dr. Ahmet Uysal, IRAM Director
  • Co-president: Prof.Dr. Muhsin Kar, Dean of the College of Political Sciences College
  • Exec. Coordinator: Prof.Dr. Faouzi Bendridi, Souk Ahras University, Algeria
  • Exec. Coordinator: Dr. Hakki Uygur, Deputy Director of IRAM
  • Assoc. Prof. Ali Temizel, Coordinator of Iranian Cultural Studies, IRAM
  • Assoc. Prof. Murat Aslan, Coordinator of Iranian Economy Studies, IRAM
  • Dr. Serhan Afacan, IRAM Coordinator of Internal Politics Studies, IRAM
  • Dr. İsmail Sari, İRAM Coordinator on Iranian Foreign Policy Studies, IRAM
  • Dr. Abdülkadir Develi, Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Turkey
  • Dr. Ahmet Gökçen, Muş Alpaslan University, Turkey
  • Mr. Mehmet Koç, İRAM Expert of Iranian Domestic Politics, IRAM, Turkey
  • Mr. Cihan Gunduz, IRAM, Turkey
  • Ms. Merve Çapçı, AYBU & IRAM, Turkey
  • Mr. Bora Altay, AYBU, Turkey

ADVISORY BOARD (Alphabetical Order):

  • Prof.Dr. Abdelhak Azzouzi, University Sidi Mohamed ben Abdellah, Morocco
  • Prof.Dr. Abdullah Ali, Algiers 3 University, Algeria
  • Prof.Dr. Abumohammad Asgarkhani, Tehran University, Iran
  • Prof.Dr. Ahmad Naghibzadeh, Tehran University, Iran
  • Prof.Dr. Anoush Ehteshami, Durham University, UK
  • Prof.Dr. Birol Akgün, YBÜ, Turkey
  • Prof.Dr. Burhanettin Duran, Social Science University, Turkey
  • Prof.Dr. Didi Saleck Director of Strategic Studies center of the Arab Maghreb, Mauritania
  • Prof.Dr. Essam Abdelshafi, Sakarya University, Turkey/Egypt
  • Prof.Dr. Habib Hassan Louleb, Research and Studies Center of the Arab Maghreb Union, Tunisia
  • Prof.Dr. Haluk Alkan, Istanbul University, Turkey
  • Prof.Dr. Jeff B. Nugent, University of Southern California, USA
  • Prof.Dr. Kemal İnat, Sakarya University, Turkey
  • Prof.Dr. Mahjoob Zweiri, Qatar University, Qatar
  • Prof.Dr. Mahmood Sariolghalam, Shahid Beheshti University, Iran
  • Prof.Dr. Maryam Jihantig, Sistan u Beluchistan University, Iran
  • Prof.Dr. Mustafa Abulgasim, Trablus University, Libya
  • Prof.Dr. Ofira Seliktar, Gratz College, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Prof.Dr. Sheyriyar Hasanzadeh, Khoy University, Iran
  • Prof.Dr. Shireen T. Hunter, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA
  • Prof.Dr. Tayyar Arı, Uludag University, Turkey
  • Prof.Dr. Zekeriya Kurşaun, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakf University, Turkey


  • Prof.Dr. Erdal Tanas Karagöl, AYBU, Turkey
  • Prof.Dr. Nuri Tınaz, Marmara University, Turkey
  • Prof.Dr. Maireche Moussa, Khenchila University, Algeria
  • Prof.Dr. Muhittin Ataman, AYBU, Turkey
  • Prof.Dr. Mustafa Orçan, AYBU, Turkey
  • Prof.Dr. Yılmaz Bingöl, AYBU, Turkey
  • Dr. Akif Kireçci, Bilkent University, Turkey
  • Dr. Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi, The University of Manchester, UK
  • Dr. Farhad Rezaei, İRAM, Turkey/Iran
  • Dr. Gökhan Bozbaş, Necmettin Erbakan University, Turkey
  • Dr. H. Kürşad Aslan, Medipol University, Turkey
  • Dr. Hassan Akbari Bairagh, Samnan University, Iran
  • Dr. Hilmi Özev, İstanbul University, Turkey
  • Dr. Majid Rafizade, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA/Iran
  • Dr. Mehmet Şahin, Gazi University, Turkey
  • Dr. Mousa Ghani Nejad, Petroleum University of Technology, Iran  
  • Dr. Muhammed Bentalha, Marakesh University, Morocco
  • Dr. Numan Telci, Sakarya University, Turkey
  • Dr. Ramazan Yıldırım, İstanbul University, Turkey
  • Dr. Rüstem Yanar, Gaziantep University, Turkey
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Event Date:   20/04/2017
Event Time:   12:16
Event End Date:   22/04/2017