June 10-11, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a round-table conference in Stockholm together with the think-tank European Stability Initiative (ESI) on political prisoners in Europe, focusing on the situation in the Council of Europe and its member states. (more…)
A new report from the European Stability Initiative (ESI) analyses the current stalemate between Turkey and the European Union concerning visa liberalisation. It also suggests a concrete way forward.
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. (more…)
Thursday, December 13, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation together with the Turkish think-tank Association for Liberal Thinking and the Azeri opposition party National Independence Party of Azerbaijan, organized a round table conference in Istanbul on the condition of strengthening open societies in the region. (more…)
“Turkey has inherited a collectivist, statist mentality within its bureaucratic system which has not prioritized civil liberties for her citizens. Hence, there is a huge need to discuss classical liberal ideas on rule of law and constitutional democracy,” sais Ozlem Çağlar Yılmaz, General Coordinator at Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation’s Turkish partner, the Association for Liberal Thinking (ALT), after a joint conference for young academicians in Ankara. (more…)
How do you reform the Turkish state by keeping away from day to day politics? Prof. Atilla Yayla, founder of the Turkish think tank Association for Liberal Thinking (ALT), aims to change his country’s climate of opinion by intellectual investments for the future. (more…)
Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation in cooperation with the Turkish think-tank Association for Liberal Thinking held a youth conference on the Principles for a Free Society, February 17-19. The seminar, arranged in Ankara, Turkey, was based on Prof. Nigel Ashfords book in which he describes the fundaments for an open and democratic society.
Thomas Gür, senior advisor to JHS, moderated the conference and also led a discussion on civil society. In addition, a handful of Turkish and Swedish scholars and politicians led the discussions, as Atilla Yayla on human rights, Tanel Demirel on democracy, Bilal Sambur on freedom, Bugra Kalkan on spontaneous order, Evelina Lorentzon on free enterprise, Magnus Nilsson on property rights and Adnan Kücük on rule of law.
A delegation with Swedish parliamentarians from the Moderate party and the Social democratic party visited Turkey on February 9, in regards to the country’s work on a new constitution. During the day, a number of meetings with Turkish politicians, scholars and representatives from NGOs were conducted at the Swedish embassy in Ankara. The goal was to exchange ideas and experiences on constitutional issues. The discussions came to focus on, among other things, the country’s election system and the role of minorities in Turkey. The visit was arranged by the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation and the Olof Palme International Center, in cooperation with the Swedish embassy in Ankara.
A Summer School on the Principles for a Free Society was held on 16-19 June in Trabzon, northeastern Turkey, in cooperation with the Turkish liberal think-tank the Association for Liberal Thinking. It was the first JHS Summer School to be held in Turkey, and the first jointly organized alumni conference.
Close to 200 students have participated in previous JHS and ALT seminars on the Principles for a Free Society. The twenty-two Summer School participants were students in political science, law and international relations. Among the seminar topics were toleration and freedom of the press, human rights, the fundamental values of the European Union, globalization, free enterprise and environmental protection.
The Turkish election on June 12 is considered a success to almost everyone involved, comments Thomas Gür, advisor to the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation.
The election on June 12 could be considered a success for almost everyone concerned. The ruling AK Party strengthened its support among voters from 47 percent of the votes in 2007 to close to 50 percent. While in government, the AK Party has earned a gradually increased support in three parliamentary elections and successfully faced the electorate in two local and regional elections as well as in two referendums.
This largest opposition party, the left wing/nationalist party CHP received an increased election support and a stronger stand in parliament. The nationalist MHP was able to retain its support. Its 13 percent kept the party in parliament, in spite of fears that the party would end up below the 10 percent threshold. The independent candidates, primarily Kurdish politicians, almost doubled their share of the parliament by taking 36 seats. (more…)