Conference on Deep State, Ergenekon, and Turkey’s Constitutional Referendum
The Washington Review of Turkish & Eurasian Affairs held a conference at the National Press Club in Washington DC, on September 15, 2010, three days after the critical constitutional referendum in Turkey, featuring Wayne Madsen, Joe Lauria, Mustafa Akyol, Levent Korkut, and Ihsan Bal.
Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist, author, nationally-distributed columnist, and editor of WayneMadsenReport.com. He has written for The Village Voice, The Progressive, Counterpunch, Online Journal, CorpWatch, Multinational Monitor, News Insider, In These Times, and The American Conservative. His columns have appeared in The Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, and Philadelphia Inquirer, and he is a contributer on Russia Today and frequently appears on Al Jazeera and Press TV.
“Turkey not alone in being plagued by ‘deep states’ — the lessons of Gladio, P-2, Iran-contra, and Operation Condor”
Joe Lauria is a New York-based independent foreign affairs correspondent and investigative journalist. He has written for many publications, including The Sunday Times of London, the Boston Globe, Bloomberg News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Montreal Gazette and The Johannesburg Star. He is the author with Senator Mike Gravel of A Political Odyssey, a look at the history of the American defense industry and the false threats it thrives on. He reported on a four-part series about FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, who revealed intelligence about Turkish operatives’ infiltration of the U.S. with the help of senior U.S. officials. He is researching a book that links those activities with the Ergenekon network, currently being prosecuted by authorities in Turkey.
“Ergenekon: International Implications”
Mustafa Akyol is a columnist for Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey’s oldest English-language daily. He also writes a regular column for the Turkish national daily, Star. His articles have also appeared on American publications such as Newsweek, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and International Herald Tribune.
“A Brief History of The Turkish Leviathan”
Professor Ihsan Bal is one of the prominent Turkish specialists on political science with particular reference to security and terrorism. Professor Bal is regularly writing columns and articles published at the websites USAKGUNDEM, Journal of Turkish Weekly and Turkish newspapers. He is the author of many articles written in both Turkish and English. He is the director of the USAK Centre for International Security, Ethnic Studies and Terrorism, Ankara.
“Turkey’s Struggle for Democracy: Touching the Untouchables”
Professor Levent Korkut teaches political science and public law at Hacettepe University, Ankara. Professor Korkut has involved in several human rights cases covering various human rights issues from ban of headscarf to refugee rights. He was one of the founders of Amnesty International Turkey Branch and from 2002 to 2007 he worked as the chairperson. He was elected as the Member of International Executive Committee of Amnesty International in 2007. Currently he is steering committee member of Human Rights Joint Platform, a network of national human rights associations. He is also the chairman of Civil Society Development Center, a national association for development of civil society by capacity building support. His articles and reports on public law, human rights and civil society were published in several newspapers and academic journals.
“The role of constitutional change in consolidation of democracy: Can Turkey build a bridge over troubled waters by amending the 1982 Constitution?”
John Hurley is Chairman of the McClendon Group. His career in the journalism and non-profit world has included his work with the major media as a White House correspondent, as a commentator on News Talk America, and as a member of the Public Information Committee of the National Academy of Sciences. In addition to his work with the major media, he is the Commander of the National Press Club American Legion Post and is a patron of the Thornton Hill Hounds. He also is President and Chairman of the Confederate Memorial Association’s museum and library, the historian for the John Barry Division of the Hibernians, and a co-founder of the Capitol Hill Civil War Roundtable. Throughout his career, he has had a special interest in the integrity of the court system and has hosted several news events on the subject, with the latest covered by C-SPAN from the National Press Club.
Fevzi Bilgin is Executive Editor of The Washington Review of Turkish & Eurasian Affairs. He is also an Assistant Professor of Political Science at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Bilgin published a number of essays and articles on political liberalism, constitutional politics, and religion and politics in Turkey and the Middle East. He is the author of the forthcoming book, Political Liberalism in Muslim Societies (Routledge).