In this seminar, the discussion was about how domestic political dynamics of member states have shaped the structure and policies of the European Union. In this context, due emphasis had been placed on the rising far-right political movements and their impact on the Union’s policies and relations with Turkey. Several scenarios regarding the future of EU and EU-Turkey relations have been assessed.
Dr. Bahar Rumelili is Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair at the Department of International Relations, Koc University, Istanbul. Dr. Rumelili has received her PhD degree at the Political Science Department of University of Minnesota in 2002. Her research has focused on international relations theory, processes of European identity construction, conflict resolution, and the interaction between the EU and Turkish politics and civil society. She is the author of Constructing Regional Community and Order in Europe and Southeast Asia (Palgrave, 2007) and the editor of Conflict Resolution and Ontological Security: Peace Anxieties (Routledge 2015). Her articles have appeared in European Journal of International Relations, Review of International Studies, Journal of Common Market Studies, and Journal of International Relations and Development. She is the 2009 recipient of Turkish Academy of Sciences’ Distinguished Young Scientist Award and the 2014 recipient of Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council’s Incentive Award.