WORKSHOP: From Enemies to Allies 4th Workshop

26 - 27 September 2019 ,09:30 - 17:00 | Istanbul

Koç University Rumelifeneri Campus, Rumelifeneri Road, Sarıyer Rumeli Feneri Yolu, 34450

British Institute at Ankara – Koç University – British Association for Turkish Area Studies presents:

From Enemies to Allies 4th Workshop:

Britain, Turkey and NATO 1945-1960.

This workshop will focus on the relationships between Britain, Turkey and NATO between 1945-1960, with talks from Professor Ilter Turan (Bilgi University), Dr Joshua Walker (German Marshall Fund of the United States), and many others. 

  • Session 1: Britain, Turkey and the Western Alliance 1945-52
  • Session 2: Britain, Turkey and the Middle East 1952-58
  • Session 3: The dominant political personalities
  • Session 4: Britain, Turkey and Cyprus 1954-60
  • Session 5: Britain and Turkey after the Baghdad Pact

It will be held over two days at the Rumelifeneri Campus of Koç University, Sarıyer, Istanbul. A limited number of places are available. To register, please email Stephen Mitchell:



09:30-10:00  Registration

10:00-12:00  Keynote lectures (Founders Hall, Koç University)

10:00-10:30  Introductions (provisionally):  Professor Umran Inan, President of Koç University;

Jennifer Anderson, the Deputy Head of Mission, UK Embassy in Turkey

10:30-11:00  Keynote Speaker: Professor Ilter Turan (Bilgi University) Turkey and Britain, Adjusting to the post-World War II realities.

11:00-11:30  Sir David Logan (BIAA)

Lunch Break 12:00-13:15

Other sessions will be in the Semahat Arsel Meeting Room.

13:30 -15:00  Session 1. Britain, Turkey and the Western Alliance, 1945-52

13:30-14:15  Professor Ekavi Athanassopoulou (University of Athens). Turkey's relations with Britain in the context of the post-war shifting balance of power.

14:15-15:00  Professor Şuhnaz Yılmaz, Koç University, Britain-Turkey-USA triangle at the Advent of the Cold War (1945-1952)

Short Break 15:00-15:30

15:30 – 17:00  Session 2. Britain, Turkey and the Middle East 1952-58

15:30-16:15  Professor Mark Webber (Birmingham), Turkey’s Accession to NATO: the Promise and Pitfalls of Alliance’

16:15-17:00  Professor Dilek Barlas, Koç University, Britain-Turkey-USA relations, From NATO accession (1952) to the Eisenhower Doctrine (1957)

Dinner 19:00



09:30-11:00  Session 3. The dominant political personalities

09:30-10:15  Dr Warren Dockter (Aberystwyth) on Churchill, Bevin and Eden

10:15-11:00  Professor Zafer Toprak (Bogaziçi) on İnönü and Saraçoğlu; Bayar and Menderes

Short break 11:00-11:30

11:30-13:00  Session 4.  Britain, Turkey and Cyprus, 1954-60

11:30-12:15  Dr Seçkin Barış Gülmez (İzmir Katip Çelebi University) Determinants of Turkish-British diplomatic showdown over Cyprus between 1954-1960: A Neoclassical Realist perspective

12:15-13:00  Professor Robert Holland (Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London) “Playing the Turkish card”: British policy and Cyprus in the 1950s 

Lunch break 13:00-14:00

14:15-16:30  Session 5.  Britain and Turkey after the Baghdad Pact

14:15-15:00  Professor Behçet Kemal Yeşilada (Uludağ University, Bursa), The Revolution of 1960

15:00-15:45  Dr John Kent (LSE) Foreign Policy and Military Strategy: the Contradictions of British Middle East Policy, Turkey and the Baghdad Pact

15:45 - 17:00  Closing Session:  convened by William Hale (BIAA)

15:45-16:30  Keynote speaker: Dr Joshua Walker (German Marshall Fund of the United States).  Turkey, Britain and NATO in an age of decolonization

16:30-17:00  Concluding discussion


Important Notice:

There is no registration fee for this meeting, but numbers in the workshop sessions may be limited by space availability to a maximum of c. 50 persons.  If you want to attend, please send an e-mail to Stephen Mitchell (, so that the Istanbul organisers can be properly notified and make the necessary arrangements. As commuting from the centre of Istanbul can be very time consuming, we advise those attending to look for accommodation close to the University.

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