The First Three Weeks of Crisis Workshop Spring 2018 Sessions Conducted
In the first week's sessions, Riad Domazeti and Mahmut Aytekin performed their speeches titled "Syrian Crisis and Future Scenarios" and "Operation Olive Branch and Foreign Warriors". Domazeti talked about Syria's structure which has been shaped by various wars and conflicts, economic crisis, coups and bargains and gave detailed information about the possible future scenarios. Aytekin, on the other hand, mentioned the justifications for Turkey's use of force since the Operation Euphrates Shield and addressed the states and non-governmental organizations that carry out activities in the region.
In the second week's sessions, Melahat Tok and Emrin Cebi gave speeches on "Iraq as a Site for Exporting Crises" and "Kashmir Issue". Tok mentioned the history of Iraq as of the American occupation in 2003 and the power struggle between Sunnis and Shi'as, while Cebi talked about another important crisis which has been going on in Asia. In the context of Kashmir problem between Pakistan, India, and China, the local people who are predominantly Muslims have been going through a humanitarian crisis.
In the third week's sessions, Ibrahim Mulushewa and Burak Caliskan gave a talk on "Identity and Politics in Ethiopia" and "Central Asia: A Crisis or a Cooperation?". Mulushewa touched upon the internal structure of Ethiopia as the symbol of independence in the continent since it is the only country in Africa which did not experience colonialization. He also mentioned the foreign policy of Ethiopia and highlighted that the relations between Ethiopia and Turkey gradually increases. In the other session of the third week, Caliskan brought up the issues in Central Asia and gave detailed information about the political and economic relations between Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kirghizstan, and Tajikistan.