Between Europe and Asia: The Geopolitics of Istanbul From Occupation To Globalization


EI Istanbul as a site of historical, political and cultural interaction between Europe and Turkey. Approach framed by two important geopolitical events separated by nearly a century: first, the Allied occupation of Istanbul after WWI, which gave rise to the modern Middle East, and second, Turkey’s accession to the European Union, a contested transnational process that officially began in 2005. Examination of issues arising from Turkey’s separation from Europe as a Muslim country and its potential reintegration as a functioning democracy. Offered only in the Duke-in-Turkey study abroad program. One course.

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