Tuesday 12 August
Meeting with Fuat Keyman and Onur Sazak, the Istanbul Policy Centre.
Wednesday 13 August
Meeting with Dr. Çiğdem Nas and Melih Özsöz, IKV (Economic Development Foundation).
Meeting with Fikret Sebilcioğlu and Ms Basak Mustu, of TKYD as well as Tayfun Zaman, Coordinator, Ethics and Reputation Society.
Meeting with Sinan Ülgen at The Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM) offices
Meeting with Ruşen Çakir, Freelance Journalist
Thursday 14 August
Meeting with Güven Sak, Managing Director at TEPAV (Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey), as well as Timur Kaymaz, research associate
Meeting with Mehmet Özkan and Furkan Şenay at SETA (Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research) as well as Soroya Jacobs, counsellor at the South African embassy
Meeting at the World Bank, Ina-Marlene Ruthenberg, Jose Guilherme Reis and William Wiseman.
Meeting with Prof Dr Selçuk Çolakoğlu Deputy Director of USAK (International Strategic Research Organisation) and Yağmur Erşan (Research Assistant) plus Mehmet Yegin and Hasan Selim Özertem and with Soroya Jacobs
Friday 15 August
Meeting with Prof Hakan Altinay, President of the Global Civics Academy.
CDE staff members visited Turkey in August, and met with numerous think tanks in Istanbul and Ankara, as well as with senior journalists, academics and staff at the World Bank. During each meeting they presented the arguments from The Democratic Alternative from the South: India, Brazil and South Africa, disseminated the report (50 copies were handed out) discussed its relevance for Turkey and the possibility of future engagements.
During the subsequent trip CDE’s executive director Ann Bernstein was accompanied by Stefan Schirmer, as well as by Walter Russell Mead, James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities at Bard College and Professor of American foreign policy at Yale University. Professor Mead is one of the senior advisors for the project. A workshop was held jointly with the Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM) at Bilgi University. Ann Bernstein also made presentations at the Istanbul Policy Centre and CDE met with the Economic Development Foundation (IKV). Unfortunately, a planned meeting to be hosted by the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV), which would have included a number of leading businessmen, was cancelled by TEPAV the evening before it was to take place as a result of unforeseen circumstances involving the head of TEPAV, Guven Sak.
At the workshop held at Bilgi University in Istanbul, Ann Bernstein presented the report The Democratic Alternative from the South: India, Brazil and South Africa and its implications or Turkey to a lively audience.. Papers examining the relationship between democracy and development in Turkey were commissioned and presented at the workshop. These helped to lay the foundation for an in-depth discussion and also provided invaluable background about Turkey and the challenges it faces with regard to democracy and development. We also held a dinner, which featured a presentation by Walter Russell Mead, in Istanbul with potential think tank partners, business leaders and other experts.