Ideological Discussions in Ankara

March 25th, 2013   News | Turkey

March 23-24, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation organised a conference for university students in Ankara in cooperation with the Turkish think-tank Association for Liberal Thinking. The conference was based on Nigel Ashford’s study guide”Principles for a Free Society”, which discusses basic ideas of a liberal democracy.Gerald Knaus from the think-tank European Stability Initiative , opened the conference with a seminar on human rights and European values. Knaus focused on the relations between Turkey and the EU, and pointed out the promises made in Helsinki from EU’s side on the enlargement.

From Sweden, the political editor of Kvällsposten, Peter J. Olsson, led a session during the conference on freedom of expression.

Other speakers at the conference were Bugra Kalkan who discussed spontaneous order, Tanel Demirel, who gave a lecture on democracy, Bican Sahin on justice, Adnan Kucuk on rule of law and Bilal Sambur on religious freedom.

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