Global Classroom: Turkey in our World Today
With one foot in Asia and the other foot in Europe, Turkey has a unique and fascinating history and culture that impacts the way Turks think and act today. Because of different historical factors that play an important role in defining the modern Turkish identity, Turkey is a product of efforts to be "modern" and Western, while maintaining traditional religious and historical values. Turkey's meshing of these historical qualities with modern goals has contributed to Turkey developing a vibrant democracy while maintaining its strong historical and religious identity. In the midst of pro-democracy protests in Egypt, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "No government can remain oblivious to the democratic demands of its people." Can Turkey's democracy serve as a model for countries like Egypt in the Middle East undergoing democratic transitions today?
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UW Communication Room 120
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98105
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