December 17, 2015
“Justice Matters: Durable Agreements and Durable Peace”, Prof. Dr. Daniel Druckman, George Mason University Abstract: Attaining durable peace after a civil war has become a major challenge, as many negotiated agreements lapse into violence. How can negotiations to terminate civil wars be conducted and peace agreements formulated to contribute to lasting peace? This question is addressed in this seminar. Focusing on justice, we assess relationships between process (procedural: PJ) and outcome (distributive: DJ) justice on the one hand and durable agreements (DA) and durable peace (DP) on the other.  Analyses of 50 peace agreements, ranging from 1957 to 2008, showed a path from PJ to DJ to DA to DP: The justice variables were instrumental in enhancing both short and long-term peace. PJ also led to shorter-duration peacekeeping missions, which enhanced DP. Economic growth was not a dividend of the agreements. These findings are similar to those found in an earlier study of 16 peace agreements. Results from both studies suggest that justice matters as an importance contributor to peace. Justice matters as well in other issue domains as shown by results obtained in related studies. Bio: Daniel Druckman is Professor of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University, an Eminent Scholar at Macquarie University in Sydney and an honorary professor at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. He has also been an adjunct professor at Sabanci University in Istanbul. . He is a board member or associate editor of ten journals. He has published widely on such topics as international negotiation, nationalism, peacekeeping, justice, the interplay between values and interests, and research methods. Two of his books,  Doing Research: Methods of Inquiry for Conflict Analysis (Sage, 2005) and, with Paul F. Diehl, Evaluating Peace Operations (Lynne Reinner, 2010) received the outstanding book award from the International Association for Conflict Management (IACM). He received a lifetime achievement award from the IACM.

Koc University, CAS  127 – 16.15



December 9, 2015
“Çin’de 30 Yıl: Bir Öğrenci, Bir Diplomat, Bir Bankacı. Çin’i Tanımak Çin’i Anlamak”
Bio: Noyan Rona, Ankara Çankaya Lisesini bitirdikten sonra Ankara Üniversitesi DTCF Sinoloji Bölümünü bitirmiş ve akabinde Çin’de Pekin ve Wuhan Üniversitelerinde öğrenim görmüş ve Wuhan Üniversitesinden Master diploması alan İlk Türk vatandaşı olarak mezun olmuştur. 1986 yılında Dışişleri Bakanlığa Çin Bölge Uzmanı olarak çalışmaya başlayan Rona, T.C. Pekin Büyükelçiliği ve kuruluş aşamasında T.C. Şanghay Başkonsolosluğunda Konsolos olarak görev yapmıştır. 1999 yılında Garanti Bankası Şanghay Temsilciliğine Baştemsilci olarak  göreve başlamış ve halen bu görevini sürdürmektedir. 2004 yılında Şanghay’da Yılın adamı seçilmiş, 2005 yılında ise Şanghay Hükümetinin yabancılara verdiği Altın Manolya Şeref Ödülüne layık görülmüştür.  2010 yılında Şanghay Belediyesi tarafından en hayırsever Şehir sakini seçilen Rona, 2012 yılında Çin’de yabancılara verilen en yüksek ödül olan Fahri Hemşehrilik Ödülünü kazanmıştır. Şanghay Meclisi Denetleme Komisyonu Üyeliği, Şanghay Gönüllüler Komitesi Başkanlığı, Şanghay Tüketici Haklarını Koruma Konseyi  Yönetim Kurulu  üyesi  olup ayrıca  Shandong Eyaleti Denizaşırı Çinliler Federasyonu Yürütme Kurulu üyesidir.

November 13, 2015                                                   Wolfgang Wessels-University of Cologne, “The external action of the European Council: In search of a coherent and effective global role” Abstract: During its lifetime the European Council has regularly played an essential role in determining the Union’s overall external strategy. The European Council’s activities and agreements in this policy domain are both academically interesting and politically highly relevant parts of the institution’s performance and profile. Its role in foreign policy is often described as an institution that assumes strategic leadership and offers political guidance. Some close observers even claim that it exercises a role as ‘collective head of state’. Nevertheless, according to other analyses, the European Council’s impact is relatively limited, as it is responsible just for rubber-stamping and formally upgrading documents produced at lower political and administrative levels. Against this backdrop, the lecture will deal with the European Council’s role as constitutional architect in framing, agreeing and revising formal provisions for the areas that the Lisbon Treaty calls ‘the Union’s external action’. Bio: Wolfgang Wessels has been the holder of the Jean Monnet Chair for Political Science at the University of Cologne since 1994 and was awarded an Ad personam Jean Monnet Chair in 2011. In 2007 he was awarded the Jean Monnet Award in gold and in 2011 the UACES Award for Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary European Studies. His priorities in teaching and research include the political system of the European Union, the role of the EU in the international system, the deepening and widening of the EU, modes of governance and theories and strategies of European integration. Prof Wessels is the co-editor of the “Jahrbuch der Europäischen Union” (more than 30 editions) and the “Europa von A-Z, Taschenbuch der europäischen Integration” (more than 10 editions) and has published widely in leading Journals and edited volumes. Prof Wessels has recently published a book on the European Council. He is engaged in several research and teaching networks: he is chairman of the executive board of the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP, Berlin) and of the Trans European Political Studies Association (TEPSA, Brussels). Since 2009 he has been vice-president of the German consortium of the Turkish-German University. Since 1981 he has been Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Brugge and Natolin. Prof Wessels has coordinated several research projects funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Fritz Thyssen and Volkswagen Foundations as well as by the European Commission.



September 24-25, 2015 
International Workshop on Institutional and Policy Design in Financial Sector Reform The Lee Kuan School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore and the Centre for Globalization, Peace and Democratic Governance at the Koc University, Türkiye invite proposals for participating in the International Workshop on “Institutional and Policy Design in Financial Industry Reform” to be held in Istanbul on 24-25 September 2015. The objective of the workshop is to examine comparative reform of the financial services industry with special reference to institutional and policy design in theory and practice aimed at enhancing sector stability and discouraging excessive risk taking.

Venue: Koc Universitesi, Istinye Kampus Cayir Caddesi No:6 5 Istinye, Istanbul

Convenors: M Ramesh, Michael Howlett, Caner Bakir, Jun Jie Woo.


July 30-31, 2015
TIPES Interdisciplinary Workshop: The Political Economy of Contemporary Türkiye The purpose of this workshop is to provide a forum for in-depth discussion of current research on the political economy of Türkiye, and to facilitate interdisciplinary exchange among scholars working in this field. The workshop is in particular devised for younger scholars, ranging from advanced graduate students to early-career faculty members, who seek detailed and informed feedback on their work. Papers from all social science disciplines, taking positivist or critical perspectives, are welcome. The unifying element of all papers should be an empirical concern with the Turkish political economy in the current era. Papers that put Türkiye in comparative perspective or that put contemporary Türkiye in historical perspective are explicitly welcome.


 June 23-25, 2015
Research Center For Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) & GLODEM Workshop “What Happened in Yugoslavia?”

“Yugoslavya’da Ne Oldu?”

June 22, 2015
Research Center For Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) & GLODEM Konferansı The 4th Peacemakers Conference “What Happened in Yugoslavia?”

Dördüncü Arabulucular Konferansı “Yugoslavya’da Ne Oldu?”

 June 12, 2015
Eurasian Peace Science Joint Workshop Koç GLODEM & Sabancı Üniversitesi & Özyeğin Üniversitesi Avrasya Barış Bilimi Müşterek Çalıştayı

May 5, 2015
“Turkish-American Relations, 1800 to the Present – Twists and Turns” “Türk – Amerikan İlişkileri: 1800’den Günümüze – Kırılma Noktaları” Phil Williams:Dr. Williams is originally from Michigan.  He received degrees and diplomas from the University of Virginia, the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, the University of Florence, Italy, culminating in two Masters and a Doctorate in International Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy.  Dr. Williams has lived in four foreign countries and has studied and worked professionally in four foreign languages: French, Greek, Italian and Turkish.  Phil first came to Türkiye in 1977 to undertake doctoral research in the area of Ataturk’s reforms, the Civil Law in particular. Leaving academia, Phil went on to work in the Corporate Finance Division of Bankers Trust company on Wall St. From there, he was sent on special assignment to Istanbul where he was instrumental in opening Türkiye’s first investment bank, Turk Merchant Bank, working with Dr. Vural Akisik. He has authored a number of articles on Ottoman and Turkish law. Şuhnaz Yılmaz:Dr.  Yılmaz is an Associate Professor of International Relations at Koc University and serves as the Associate Director of the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities.  She is the director of the foreign policy group of the Center for Globalization and Democratic Governance (GLODEM). Dr. Yılmaz is the author of a recently published book on Turkish-American Relations, entitled Turkish-American Relations (1800-1952): Between the Stars, Stripes, and Crescent from Routledge Press, International Relations Series (2015). She has received her MA and Ph.D. from Princeton University specializing on International Affairs and the Middle East.  She conducted her post-Doctoral Studies at Harvard University. Her areas of interest and expertise include foreign policy analysis, Turkish foreign policy, Turkish-American Relations, Eurasian Politics, Energy Politics, Mediterranean cooperation and security, European Union Foreign and Security Policy, and History of Political Thought. She has numerous publications in journals such as Political Science QuarterlyMiddle East JournalWorld TodayMiddle Eastern Studies, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies and Turkish Studies.  In 2007, Şuhnaz Yilmaz received the Sakip Sabanci International Research Award, granted by Sabanci University and the Brookings Institution and in 2008 she has received the Distinguished Young Scientist Award (GEBIP) of the Turkish Academy of Sciences.

March 16, 2015
“MIKTA and Relevance of Regional Powers in Global Governance” GLODEM, Koç University’s Office of International Programs and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Türkiye invited interested academics, students, policy makers and media to a lively academic debate, to examine the role that the MIKTA group initiative (Mexico, Indonesia, Korea, Türkiye and Australia) can play in global governance reform.







March 12, 2015
Professor Andreas Nölke, Goethe University, Frankfurt “The Study of Global Capitalism: From Inter-National To Inter-Temporal Comparison of Economic Institutions” Starting from historically comparative theories of capitalism, Nölke sketched a model that draws especially on Polanyi and theories of organized capitalism.









February 3, 2015 
Anthony Payne, The University of Sheffield Tony Payne is Professor of Politics and Co-Director of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) at the University of Sheffield in the UK. “The Global Governance of Global Crisis: Why the G20 Summit was Created, Why We Still Need it, and Where We Want Türkiye to Lead it” The world needs an effective, functioning G20.  The body was elevated to leaders’ level in order to steer the apparatus of global governance through times of great uncertainty from 2008 onwards.  Its record is not without achievement, especially in the immediate aftermath of the breaking of the crisis.  But its performance remains disappointing overall and has arguably worsened in recent years.  The G20 needs substantial institutional reform, a new political economy and a renewed sense of purpose to become what we all still need it to be.  It now falls to Türkiye to provide the necessary leadership (if it can).