Discussion on the Recent Developments in Turkey, Middle East and Its Implications on Europe

When: Wednesday, 8 February, 17:00-20:00

Where: Astoria Cabinet Iso Roobertinkatu, Helsinki


16:30-18:30 Keynote and following speakers, (30 minutes each)

18:30-19:00 Panel Discussion


Ismail Mesut Sezgin holds a Doctorate from the Institute for Spirituality, Religion and Public Life at Leeds Beckett University. His thesis is titled Moral Responsibility in Contemporary Islam. His research interests include ethics, Islam, Political Islam, Religious Extremism, Sufism and Turkish Politics. He regularly writes for Middle East Eye and comments for BBC News hour, Radio 4 and BBC World.

Ville Päivänsalo is Acting University Lecturer in Systematic Theology at the Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki. In his doctoral dissertation (2005), awarded by the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, his research interests include centrally social contract theories, global justice Christianity and Western theories of justice, theories of responsibility and inter-religious dialogue.

Selçuk Gültaşlı is a journalist based in Brussels who covered Turkey-EU relations for Zaman daily. Before Zaman was taken over by the government, he was the Brussels Bureau Chief of the daily. He also produced and presented a bi -weekly TV program European Desk for STV up until its closure. Mr. Gultasli has contributed to many European publications both on EU- Turkish relations and more recently on media freedom in his native country.

Nikolai Meinert is an Estonian journalist and political observer, based in Helsinki. Nikolai is a regular expert contributor for BBC Russian, Estonian State radio, and Baltic media.