İstanbul Kültür University

Iran and its Neighbors Conference

Global Political Trends Center (GPoT) of Istanbul Kultur University and the Middle East Programme of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars organized a conference on Iran and Its Neighbors on 15-17 July at Istanbul.

The meeting brought together 13 seasoned experts from Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan as well as the United states and Europe to better comprehend the current dynamics of Iran’s role on the region alongside the responses of major regional states at a time of considerable turbulence.

At the backdrop of the two-day conference was how the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear agreement signed by Iran and the EU 3 + 3 last July affects regional stability. The meeting also touched on the potency of a “New Cold War in the Middle East”, “Iranian perceptions of the region” alongside “Turkish Views on Iran” and regional tensions, recent developments in Syria, Afghanistan and Egypt were also given keen consideration as they all affect the region to a much appreciable extent.

At the end of the meeting participants acknowledged the intricacies involved in dealing with the region and hoped for better prospects with regards to developments in the region.

Please click here to see the concept note of the meeting organized by GPoT and Wilson Center.

Please click here to see the program of the event.

Please click here to see the narrative report of the event.

The participants of the workshop:

Ellie Geranmayeh, London, Policy Fellow (MENA) European Council on Foreign Relations

Ahmed Morsy, Washington, Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs

Bayram Sinkaya, Ankara, Faculty Member, International Relations, Yildirim Beyazit University

Pınar Arıkan Sinkaya, Ankara, Research Assistant, International Relations, Middle East Technical University

Marwa Daoudy, Washington, Georgetown University

Masood Karokhail, Kabul, Director, The Liaison Office

Şaban Kardaş, Ankara, ORSAM

Ali Vaez, Istanbul, Senior Iran Analyst, International Crisis Group

Ellen Laipson, Washington, Distinguished Fellow and President Emeritus, Stimson Center

Samir Sumaida'ie, Washington, Former Iraqi Ambassador to the US, and Global Fellow, Middle East Program

Henri Barkey, Washington, Director, Middle East Program Wilson Center

Julia Romano, Washington, Program Assistant, Middle East Program Wilson Center

Mensur Akgün, Istanbul, Director, GPoT Center

Sylvia Tiryaki, Istanbul, Deputy Director, GPoT Center

Michael Asiedu, Istanbul, Project Assistant, GPoT Center

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