SOAS Somali Society and Daily Sabah will be hosting a panel discussion on ‘Turkish Foreign Policy in Somalia: Humanitarian or Strategic?’.
This event will be taking place at SOAS University on Friday 20 March 2015 from 20:00 to 22:00 (GMT).
Their panel guests are Dr Kani Torun, Jason Mosley and Abdurahman Sharif.
Since H.E Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit in 2011, Somalia has seen Turkey play a greater role in it’s development. There has been an increase in humanitarian assistance as well as infrastructure investment. Further to this, Bilateral agreements between the states have been signed including treaties to train the Somali National Army. There are both proponents and critics of this increased relationship.
As a result they shall aim to explore these questions: What is Turkish Foreign Policy in Somalia? What impact, if any has it had? What are the reasons for Turkeys’ increased involvement in the Horn of Africa?
Background on the speakers:
Dr Kani Torun is the former Turkish Ambassador to Somalia (2011 to 2014), the period that saw Turkey and Somalia’s relations grow closer than ever before. During his stay in Somalia, the Ambassador had established a permanent diplomatic residence in Mogadishu. He also effectively coordinated Turkish humanitarian assistance including; rebuilding main roads, hospitals and building schools in Mogadishu.
Abdurahman Sharif is the Executive Director of Muslim Charities Forum. He previously held the post of Director at the Somali Development Forum. Abdurahman holds two Masters Degrees, one in Languages from the University of Sorbonne (Paris) and another one in Development Studies from the University of Pavia (Italy).
Jason Mosley is Associate Fellow, Africa Program at Chatham House and Managing Editor of the Journal of East African Studies. His current research is focused on the impact of multilateral regional organisations on stability in the Horn of Africa, and on linkages between state-building, foreign investment and security in peripheral regions in East Africa and the Horn.
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