CANCELLED EU, Israel and Turkey relations in the age of right-wing populism

In collaboration with the Amsterdam Center for European Studies

12mrt2020 20.00 - 21.30


In and outside the European Union right-wing populist movements share commonalities, differences and connections. This evening, Ayhan Kaya and Sharon Pardo shed light on these movements and discuss their impact on EU relations with two important neighbors: Turkey and Israel.

This event has been canceled

With Ayhan Kaya we analyse the impact of right-wing populism and ‘Islamophobia’ on EU-Turkey relations. Sharon Pardo presents his view on the complexity of Netanyahu’s Israel relationships with Europe’s populists and Eurosceptics. According to Pardo, Netanyahu’s Israel shares common values with these actors. He explains how the Israeli government throughout the last years has used populism and Euroscepticism as a foreign policy instrument in order to achieve specific political objectives. Both speakers comment on how the debates on migration, refugees and mobility have an impact on the rise of extreme right-wing populism, as well as on polarization in international relations.

About the speakers

Ayhan Kaya is Professor of Politics and Jean Monnet Chair of European Politics of Interculturalism at the Department of International Relations, Istanbul Bilgi University, Director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, and a member of the Science Academy, Turkey. He is currently European Research Council Advanced Grant holder ‘Nativism, Islamophobism and Islamism in the Age of Populism: Culturalisation and Religionization of What is Social, Economic and Political in Europe’.

Sharon Pardo is a Jean Monnet Chair ad personam in European Studies in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is a Senior Researcher at The Simone Veil Research Centre for Contemporary European Studies – a Centre which he chaired between the years 2005 to 2017. He is the co-editor of Europe and the World book series by Lexington Books. His research interests focus on the legal and political dimensions of European Union foreign and security policy. Pardo also has a significant interest in the development of the Euro-Mediterranean region, in Israeli-European Union relations and in the Israeli-Canadian relationship.

Beste Isleyen (moderator) is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science of the UvA. She examines European Union policy towards the Southern Mediterranean in the aftermath of the recent protests and uprisings in the Arab world.

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