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Turkey’s relations with the European Union have always been ambivalent. While it remains at least on paper part and parcel of the EU enlargement process, the prospects for its accession are highly uncertain.

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Date 10 December 2018
Time 09:30 - 11:00

Yet, given the sheer size of its economy and its geographic location, irrespective of its accession to the EU, Turkey still is a significant partner for the EU. This is why, it is important to conceptualize multiple policy areas and layers that would anchor Turkey further into EU institutions and policies. One possible mode for such conceptualization could take the form of external differentiated integration. While differentiated integration is essentially used to assess the pace of integration among the EU members, it is possible to evaluate EU’s external relations with its neighbours and/or associated states through a similar lense. External differentiated integration for a non-EU member might involve temporal alignment to the EU policies and territorial based inclusions- such as its customs union, and policy opt-ins- such as the adoption of EU rules in
electricity, telecommunications, development assistance, and education. This seminar addresses these functional areas and assesses whether Turkey’s relations with the EU constitute an alternative form of European integration, opening out new avenues of cooperation for the future of the EU.

About the speaker

Meltem Muftuler-Bac is Professor of International Relations and Jean Monnet chair at Sabancı University, Istanbul, Turkey. She received her Ph.D. (1992) in Political Science/International relations from Temple University, USA, and worked at Bilkent University from 1992 to 2002; and as a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago. Meltem Muftuler-Bac authored Turkey’s Relations with a Changing Europe, Turkey and the European Union Relations: Dilemmas, Opportunities and Constraints, co-edited with Yannis Stivachtis, and Diverging Pathways: Turkey and the European Union, Re-Thinking the Dynamics of Turkish-European Union Relations. Her publications appeared in numerous international outlets, and are widely cited. She received numerous grants from the EU both for research and teaching, and she is currently a consortium member for H2020 projects-IndvEU and MAGYC, and an advisory board member for FEUTURES and EU-List. Muftuler-Bac holds two prestigious awards from the Turkish Academy of Sciences: Young Social Scientist Investigator Award in 2002 and Distinguished Young Scientist Award in 2003.

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