LECTURE: Hybrid Threats and Security in Europe

21 February 2018 19:00 to 21:00 | Ankara

The British Institute at Ankara, Tahran Caddesi 24, 06700

A BIAA lecture by Dr Giray Sadık, Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Department of International Relations, Faculty of Political Science, Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University (AYBU)

Discussant: Asst. Prof. Dr. Yuliya Biletska, Karabük University, Department of International Relations 

Summary of Event: This lecture will be based on the concept of hybrid threats and their role in shaping politics at the EU and NATO levels. Current hybrid threats can range from the intensified political instability in Eastern Europe and the Middle East and the resulting mass refugee influx to the rise of terrorism in Europe and beyond.  Hybrid threats, posed by various combinations of state and non-state actors, have presented considerable transnational challenges to EU-members and NATO-allies. This lecture, based on the speaker’s recently published edited volume will address the important question that hybrid threats give rise to, with a special focus on Euro-Atlantic security and venues for effective cooperation.


Dr Giray Sadık is Associate Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of International Relations in the Faculty of Political Science at Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University (AYBU). He was previously a Swedish Institute Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Global Political Studies at Malmö University, Sweden. He received his PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Georgia, USA. International Security, Transatlantic Relations, and European Security and Foreign Policy are among his current research interests.

Dr Yuliya Biletska is an Assistant Professor in International Relations Department at Karabuk University (Karabuk, Turkey) where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on collective memory, nationalism and political and economic transitions in Post-Soviet counties. She completed her MA in Eurasian Studies at Middle East Technical University and Ph.D. studies in Political Science (Ethnopolicy and Ethnic Studies) at Taurida National V.I. Vernadsky University (Simferopol, Ukraine). During her doctoral studies, she had been a research fellow at Middle East Technical University, where she studied the impact of Turkey on the ethnic identification of the Crimean Tatars in Crimea. The latest project she was involved in was focusing on minority rights, identity, and politics of Muslim communities in Georgia. Her contribution was related to the theoretical dimension of minority rights in an ethnic democracy and the role of “Armenian factor” in the return process of the Meskhetian Turks to Georgia. Her research interests include ethnic identity and minority rights, nationalism, migrations, collective memory, and multiculturalism.

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