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Research Turkey podcasts

Book launch: “The ‘New Turkey’ and its Discontents"

Speakers: Dr. Simon Waldman (King’s College London), and Emre Çalışkan (University of Oxford)

Chair: Ezgi Başaran (University of Oxford)

Time & Date: 19.00-21.00 Tuesday, 15 November 2016 

Location: Committee Room 8, House of Commons

Gentrification and Urban Contestation in Istanbul and London

Speakers: Professor Loretta Lees (University of Leicester) Dr. Bahar Sakizoglu (University of Leicester) Ms. Clara Rivas Alonso (University of Leicester) In discussion with Dr. Aysegul Can (Independent Researcher)

Chair: Dr. Julia King (LSE Cities)

Time & Date: 18.30-20.30 Wednesday 7 February 2018

Location: Clement House 4.02, LSE, WC2B 4JF.

LSE Election Observation Conference 


Dr Brian Klaas, 'How to Rig an Election'

LSE Election Observation Conference, 3 March 2018 10.00 - 11.20

Keynote: How to Rig an Election Speaker: Dr. Brian Klaas (LSE Government)

Chair: Greg Chih-Hsin Sheen (LSE)

The greatest political paradox of our time is this: there are more elections than ever before, and yet the world is becoming less democratic. Brian Klaas is an expert of democracy, authoritarianism, and election rigging. He has served as an election monitor and studied election rigging firsthand with field research in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and southeast Asia. In this talk, he will demonstrate why current election observation techniques are failing and how clever counterfeit democrats and despots across the globe are outfoxing monitors. Klaas will also discuss the future of election rigging -- even in the United States and Western Europe -- in the era of fake news, disinformation, and foreign meddling from Russia and other nefarious actors on the global stage.

Karin Bergquist, 'Media and Unfair Campaigning: The Case of Turkey'

LSE Election Observation Conference, 3 March 2018 16.15- 17.15

Media and Unfair Campaigning: The Case of Turkey Speaker: Ms. Karin Bergquist

Chair: Ms. Oksana Antonenko (LSE)

Karin Bergquist analyses the types of discrimination towards the Turkish media during the election processes in 2015 and 2017. The pressures involved economic and political pressure, legal crack-down on media, threats towards and harassment of journalists, lack of impartiality by the Supreme Board of Election of Turkey. She will contextualise her analysis by describing the experience of her teams in 2015 and 2017, which contributed to the making of the OSCE reports. She will also analyse the media monitoring work she has conducted in Turkey, and finish by illustrating the difficulties election observers themselves face by discussing the terror allegations the Turkish government made against her in 2017.

Lene Wetteland, 'Voter Intimidation: The Case of Russia'

Speaker: Ms. Lene Wetteland (Norwegian Helsinki Committee).

Chair: Ms. Oksana Antonenko (LSE)


Lene Wetteland analyses the challenges connected with short term election observation by drawing upon examples from her field experience in the former Soviet Union, focusing in particular on voter intimidation in the Russian Federation. Both voters and independent observers are subjected to increasing pressure as Election Day approaches, as the incumbent aims to legitimise the elections through high turnout. Short term observers have a possibility to document or even prevent election fraud on voting day through their presence, but also risk partaking in this legitimization. Wetteland will show several examples of how this pressure plays out, how civil society actors deal with these challenges and how the voters, in growing numbers, contribute to disclosing the violations towards the presidential elections on the 18th of March 2018.

Herbocology (noun, org. Tr):

The study of a presumed totality of social phenomena, albeit in a lighthearted manner. 

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