Turkey: USCIRF/Wilson Center Panel Discussion on Turkish Attitudes Toward Religion and Politics

February 16, 2007

Judith Ingram, Communications Director,
(202) 523-3240, ext. 127


Turkey: USCIRF/Wilson Center Panel Discussion on Turkish Attitudes Toward Religion and Politics

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), in cooperation with the Southeast Europe Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, invites you to a panel discussion on "Religion and Politics in Turkey: a Survey of Turkish Attitudes" on Monday, February 26 from 3:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. The discussion will focus on the findings of a recent country-wide poll by the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV).

During a Commission trip to Turkey in November 2006, the delegation heard a preliminary report on the TESEV poll. The meeting Monday will offer an opportunity to more fully discuss the poll findings and hear the views of experts in Washington's policy and academic communities.


Felice D. GaerChair, USCIRF
Dr. Elizabeth ProdromouVice-Chair, USCIRF


Dr. Can PakerChairman, TESEV, and Chairman, Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation in Turkey
Etyen MahcupyanDirector, Democratization Program, TESEV, and columnist


Dr. Henri J. BarkeyPublic Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Centerand Bernard and Bertha Cohen Professor of International Relations, Lehigh University

5th Floor Conference Room
Woodrow Wilson Center
One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington DC 20004

RSVP Acceptances only,  sep@wwic.si.edu

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom was created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to monitor the status of freedom of thought, conscience, and religion or belief abroad, as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and related international instruments, and to give independent policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State and the Congress.

Felice D. Gaer,Chair•Michael Cromartie,Vice Chair•Elizabeth H. Prodromou, Vice Chair•Nina Shea,Vice Chair•Preeta D. Bansal•Archbishop Charles J. Chaput•Khaled Abou El Fadl•Richard D. Land•Bishop Ricardo Ramirez•Ambassador John V. Hanford III,Ex-Officio•Joseph R. Crapa,Executive Director