The Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Cyprus Policy Center is collaborating with the Department of Political Science and International Affairs to organize a seminar titled “The Defense of Justice in Plato’s Republic”. The speaker of the seminar which will commence at 14:30 today at EMU Business and Economics Faculty BEA5 Hall is going to be Mehmet M. Erginel, a Professor of Ancient Greek Philosophy.
Mehmet M. Erginel completed his undergraduate education at Duke University with a major in Economics. By the time he graduated, it was clear that he had to look elsewhere for the answers to the questions he considered most important, as a result of which he turned to philosophy. He received his M.A. and Ph.D in Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in ancient Greek philosophy. After completing his graduate studies in 2004, he returned home to Cyprus, and has been working at Eastern Mediterranean University since then. Erginel’s research has focused on a variety of topics in the works of Plato and Aristotle, primarily in ethics and moral psychology but also metaphysics and epistemology. His articles have appeared in the leading journals in the field, including Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, The Classical Quarterly, and the British Journal for the History of Philosophy. He has been a Visiting Research Fellow at Princeton University and a Visiting Scholar at the University of St Andrews. He has also taught at the Boğaziçi University Department of Philosophy as Visiting Faculty.
The Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Cyprus Policy Center is collaborating with the Department of Political Science and International Affairs to organize a seminar titled “Populism, Authoritarianism and Dictatorship: An Investigation on the Style of the Turkish Presidential System”. The speaker of the seminar which will commence at 14:30 on Wednesday, the 24th of April 2019 at EMU Business and Economics Faculty BEA5 Hall is going to be General Public Law Professor Hüseyin Levent Köker.
Köker has published a lot of articles in Turkish as well as English including Modernization, Kemalism and Democracy (1990), Two Different Policies (2008) and Democracy, Criticism and Turkey (2008). In 2007, Köker was part of a team led by Prof. Dr. Ergun Özbudun who prepared a new constitution draft for Turkey. He is currently working on the topics of establishing a constitution, democratic political theory, post-nation state constitutionalism and cosmopolitanism.
During the seminar Köker will tackle Turkey switching to the Presidential System as a result of the April 2017 referendum, the “right-wing populism” of the new system and approaches that are important in supporting the development of democracy within the scope of “competitive authoritarianism” or “sectarian management”.
Information about the seminar and its outcomes can be obtained from the Cyprus Policy Center and Department of Political Science and International Affairs official websites cpc.emu.edu.tr and https://ir.emu.edu.tr.
Prof. Dr. Ahmet Sözen, Director of Cyprus Policy Center, participated to TRT World Strait Talk program and discussed on the issue of hydrocarbons in the Eastern Meditterranean and the latest tension between Turkey and Greece, as well as implications for Cyprus issues.
A panel titled “Human Rigths Protection at the UN and OSCE” was organized by the Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Cyprus Policy Center and the Faculty of Business and Economics, Department of Political Science and International Relations. The panel took place on the 17th of October 2018 at the Old Senate room of the International Relations Department in EMU. Following the opening speech of Prof. Dr. Ahmet Sözen, Prof. Dr. Ewa Salkiewicz-Munnerlyn has given a seminer that addressed the mechanisms and tools used by the UN and the OSCE in their attempts to prevent human rights violations by monitoring countries and providing policy recommendations.
Dr Ewa Sałkiewicz-Munnerlyn is Polish diplomat, working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1991. She has been appointed the charge d’affaires at the Polish Embassy to the Holy See from 1993-1994. Afterwords she served as Polish consul at the Consular Division of the Polish Embassy in Washington D.C. from 1995-1999. She has been working several times as short term observer of the OSCE during parliamentary and presidential elections in Ukraine, Russia. Moldova and Belarus. She worked as Human Rights Officer of the OSCE in Macedonia (Skopje and Ohrid) and Bosnia and Hercegovina (Pale in Republika Srbska) from 2001-2005. She is teaching international law at the Academy Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski in Krakow, Poland. She taught diplomatic protocol, Holy See diplomacy at different Universities in Poland (WSB in Dąbrowa Górnicza, SAN in Krakow, Collegium Civitas, UKSW and UW in Warsaw. Each year she is teaching within Erasmus + international law at European Universities in Italy (Rome, Pisa, Cagliari, Naples) and other countries such as Turkey (Aydin University), France (Sorbonne), Lithuania (Vilnius). She holds Ph.D. from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and post-graduate diploma from the Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva, Switzerland. She worked as HRO at the United Nations in Geneva, Human Rights Commission from 1982 to 1984 and as assistant at the University of Geneva (1984-1986) and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland from 1986-1990. She speaks English, French, Italian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish. She is married to American and live in Poland since 1999.
Eastern Mediterranean University Cyprus Policy Center (EMU-CPC) Research Assistant Devrim Şahin participated at a number of conferences and delivered presentations. Devrim Şahin went to Prague city of the Czech Republic for the conference of European International Studies Association (EISA) titled “12th PanEuropean Conference on International Relations: ‘A New Hope: Back to the Future of International Relations'” and delivered a presentation titled “The Spectrum of International Law between Stability and Flexibility.” The conference took place at Economy University between 12th and 15th September 2018. Secondly, Devrim Şahin went to Krakow city of Poland for the conference of Jagiellonian University titled “2nd Jagiellonian Interdisciplinary Security Conference”. Jagiellonian University is known to be found in 1364. In Krakow, Şahin made a presentation titled “Reconstruction of Security Complexes in the Middle East”.