In partnership (2013 only) with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES)
Launched in August 2011 by the Chair for Ottoman & Turkish Studies (now the Program in Ottoman & Turkish Studies) and the Moshe Dayan Center, Club Turkey is one of our most active and successful projects (in 2013 the project was supported by FES in Israel). The Club, which Professors Ehud R. Toledano and Ofra Bengio founded and have co-chaired, brings together all the leading experts on contemporary Turkey in Israel. Especially in times of government-to-government crisis, the forum enables leading members of civil society in both countries to keep communication channels open and maintain an ongoing dialogue among analysts and public opinion makers.
The group meets twice or three times a semester to discuss issues in the news, hosting top Turkish and international analysts whose work focuses on Turkish politics, society, the media, and culture. Club Turkey members come from academia, private and public think tanks, and government, including the intelligence community. Presenters are asked to talk for 20 to 30 minutes, followed by an open discussion under Chatham House confidentiality rules. From time to time, the Club hosts colloquia and workshops that bring guest speakers from Turkey, the US, and Europe; these events are open to the public.