May 04-07, 2016


Kırıkkale University






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State, Non-state Actors, and Democracy in the Middle East /

The Middle East, as one of the cradles of civilization, contains the most important historical, cultural and economic assets of the World.  The most sacred and oldest cities such as Damascus, Hamedan and Kirkuk, Petra, Ephesus, Palmira are in this region. The Middle East possesses %65 of the oil reserves in the world. 

However, the region is also hampered by political uncertainties and economic instability problems, affecting both the people in the Middle East and outsiders who have close economic and political ties with the region.

The concepts of state and sovereignty have different meanings in the Middle East. Such concepts do not function the same way they do in the West or other places. Such differences lay at the heart of the economic, political and social problems in the region and prompt occasional crises, influencing the daily lives of the people. Therefore the major problems in the Middle East need further elaboration and conceptual discussions.

The democratization waves of the 1990s were being expected in the Middle East since the end of the Cold War. The current events of the Arab Spring, though reviving such hopes, are not clear for heading towards democratization. Even though it is clear that these developments point to a process of transformation in the region, we need further studies about whether they will lead to a more stable and more democratic Middle East.

Undoubtedly, democracy, stability, freedom, and security are the most urgent needs. Sectarian violence and clashing ethnic identities stand as barriers in front of satisfaction of such needs. Therefore, the impact of states and non-state actors participating in such conflicts and clashes, on the transformation process needs elaborate analyses.

In this context of such urgent political and intellectual needs, the theme of the symposium at Kırıkkale University to be held in May 2016, is titled State, Non-state Actors, and Democracy in the Middle East.” This is the second symposium on the Middle Eastern issues, which we aim to make into a long lasting series at Kırıkkale University. We expect your participation in and contributions to these discussions.

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Themes /

1. Politics and Diplomacy in the Middle East

  • The Problem of Sovereignty and Legitimacy in the Middle East
  • State, Types of States, and Regimes in the Middle East: Republics and Kingdoms
  • Non-State Elements
  • Democracy and Democratization
  • Authoritarian Governments and Dictatorships in the Middle East
  • Politics, Political Movements, and Political Parties
  • Security and Terrorism
  • The Borders in the Middle East
  • Relationship Between Islam and Politics, and Islamic Movements
  • Extra Regional Actors and External Interventions
  • Non-State Actors and History

2. Sociology of the Middle East

  • Nations, Nation-States and Nationalism
  • Religions and Sects
  • Radicalism and Radical Movements
  • Ethnic and Tribal Groups
  • Human Rigths and Law
  • Role of the Media
  • Culture, Identities and Democracy
  • Perception, Misperception and Prejudice
  • Migration, Asylum, and Refugees
  • Woman and Woman Rights

3. Economic Issues

  • Underdevelopment and Economic Structure
  • Development and the Problems of Democracy
  • Economic Relations among the Middle Eastern and Islamic Countries
  • Energy, Oil and Pipeline Politics
  • Environment and Water Problems

4. Middle East Studies: Current Situation, Problems and Prospects

  • Methodological Problems
  • Orientalism and the Middle East Studies in the West

5. Theoretical aspects

  • The philosophical foundation of the Middle East crisis
  • Theological basis of violence
  • The role of religious intellectuals in the Middle East crisis
  • The relationship between religious intellectuals and Salafism

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Symposium Information /


Kırıkkale University

Main Campus / Kırıkkale / Turkey


May 04-07, 2016

Symposium Secretary

Asist. Ayşe Burcu TUNCA

Kırıkkale University / Department of Sosyology

Phone: +90 318 357 4242 / ext 41 19



There will be simultaneous translation during scientific sessions.

Invitation Letter

Individuals requiring an official letter of invitation in order to attend the conference can write to the Organization Secretariat.  This procedure is designated to assist participants to obtain a visa or permission to attend the meeting and does not imply a commitment to provide financial support.

Certificate of Attendance

Certificates of attendance will be distributed to all registered participants at the end of the conference from the registration desk.

Name Badge

All participants and accompanying persons are required to carry their name badges throughout the conference, particularly during their entrance to the conference venue, at the scientific sessions, exhibition and poster areas and during all scheduled social activities to ensure the safe and smooth flow of the conference.

Registration & Information Desk

Registration and information desk will be open every day during the conference between 07:30 A.M. and 20:00 P.M. at conference venue.

Important Dates

  • Submission of Abstracts: February 15, 2016
  • Announcement of the accepted papers: March 01, 2016
  • Submission of the papers: April 15, 2016
  • Deadline for Early Registration: April 15, 2016
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Serhat Sarıoğlu

Tunalı Hilmi Cad. No:83/10 Kavaklıdere Ankara

Phone: + 90 (312) 427 11 14

Fax: + 90 (312) 427 11 40

Mobile: +90 (532) 253 80 05

E-mail :

About Kırıkkale /

It is said that the name of the city is a united name which comes from the name of ”Kirik” village where is settled to the 3 km north of city from center of city and the name of ”Kale” (hill) which is present in the center today. It is known that between 16th and 17th centuries, Turkish tribes and communities who were coming from East of Turkey are settled in Anatolia, especially in Central Anatolia. One of these tribes which is named as ”Oguz-Oguzhan” clan is settled in ”Kirikkal’a” (oldest name of the city) which is near to Ankara mentioned in the history archives of Turkey.

city of Kirikkale in Central AnatoliaKirikkale is a recent province of Turkey in Central Anatolian region nearby Red River (Kizilirmak), about 80 kilometers east of Ankara. It became a city in 1989 under the presidency of Turgut Ozal. The population today is approximately 380,000, but it’s hard to imagine that in 1925 Kirikkale was a small village consisting of 12 houses only. It is expanding rapidly to become an industrial center. Main industries in Kirikkale include state-owned military arms and ammunition factories (MKE) and chemical plants. The economy is almost exclusively based on its steel mills producing high quality alloy steel and machinery.

There is also a significant timber industry thanks to the forests with oak trees surrounding the city but most of the land is covered with ”steppe”. There are several vineyards as well. Sesame, clove, daisy, mint mustard and thyme can be told for the samples of some plants which grows spontaneously in the region. Kirikkale serves also as a local market for cereals and livestock in Anatolia.

Kirikkale city takes its part in a mild-climate zone. However climate changes to terrestrial-climate zone because of the daily temperature changes which is a result of far distance from seas. Summer is usually hot and arid while winter is cold. There is no natural lakes in Kirikkale.

The average altitude of the city is 700 meters. Different plateaus can be found in Kirikkale and their heights can change between 1200-1600 meters. Its location is on a crossroads on a major highway running to the east and to the Black Sea region. Also a railway station on a major rail route to eastern Turkey makes this city important.

Kirikkale University was founded in 1992 as the highest educational institution in the province.

About Kırıkkale University /

Kırıkkale University that had been founded on 3 July 1992, according to its law of establishment, comprises of  the Faculty of Science and Literature, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Faculties of Engineering And Veterinary; Social Sciences, Institutes of  Science and Health together with the one and only operational  Kırıkkale Vocational School of Higher Education that had been taken over from The University of Ankara. In the 1993-1994 academic year ensuing its foundation, Kırıkkale University commenced to provide education services  at  six departments in three faculties, in ten programs at one school of higher education, at eight departments in  two institutes.


At the beginning of the 1994-1995 academic year,  Kırıkkale University by opening an additional school of higher education with three programs,  added faculties of Medicine, Law and Education on 3 January 1995, and school of higher education for Physical Education  and Sport  on 12 August 1998. For the Faculties of Law and Education of these units, students  registered in the 1997-1998 academic year, and for the Faculties of Medicine and Veterinary in the 1998-1999 academic year.


The School of  Higher Education for the Physical Education and Sport became operational in the Academic year of 1999-2000. Süleyman DEMİREL Research and Application Hospital  within the Faculty of Medicine  also were opened and became operational in the year of 2001. Foundation of the Faculty of Dentistry  was approved by the Cabinet on 24 June 2002 and  this Faculty is providing clinical services as well since then. Our Faculty of Fine Arts, was founded  on 06 July 2005. As for Faculty of Health Sciences;  upon the requesting letter of the Ministry of National Education dated 26 November 2008 with number 27338, it was founded  according to the additional article 30 of the Law Number 2809 dated 28 March 1983 by the  promulgation of the Cabinet Decision in the Official Gazette dated 19 December 2008.


With the addition of  the faculty of Health Sciences, the total nember of our faculties became 10. As of today, 12 Faculties, one school of higher Education, 7 Vocational School of higher education and with three Institutes are carrying out training and education activities.

Kırıkkale with its closeness and accessibility is in a location of some sort of Ankara’s suburb. In spite of being away from the problems of the big city, Kırıkkale University is at  a point  allowing easy access to the scientific, cultural and social facilities. Therefore it is developing with great speed. This University, with the smallness of the number of student per academic personnel  takes place on top.

Committees /


  • Prof. Ekrem YILDIZ (Rector, Kırıkkale University)


  • Assoc. Prof. İbrahim MAZMAN (Kırıkkale University)


  • Prof. Erol KURUBAŞ (Kırıkkale University)
  • Prof. Haluk ÖZDEMİR (Kırıkkale University)
  • Doç. İbrahim MAZMAN (Kırıkkale University)
  • Assist. Prof. Fahrettin COŞGUNER (Kırıkkale University)
  • Assist. Prof. Halil İbrahim GÖK (Kırıkkale University)


  • Prof. Adnan KARAİSMAİLOĞLU (Kırıkkale University)
  • Prof. Tayyar ARI (Uludağ University)
  • Prof. Nasuh USLU (Sosyal Bilimler University)
  • Prof. Meliha Benli ALTUNIŞIK (METU)
  • Prof. Ramazan GÖZEN (Marmara University)
  • Prof. Yusuf ÖZ (Kırıkkale University)
  • Prof. Hüseyin EMİROĞLU (Kırıkkale University)
  • Prof. Muhittin ATAMAN (Yıldırım Beyazıt University)
  • Prof. Hicabi KIRLANGIÇ (Ankara University D.T.C.F.)
  • Prof. Eyüp BAŞ (Kırıkkale University)
  • Prof. Fehrullah TERKAN (Ankara University)
  • Prof. Dolunay ŞENOL (Kırıkkale University)
  • Prof. Harun ÖZTÜRKLER (Kırıkkale University)
  • Prof. Mashhoor Srour ALHABBAZI (Al-Quds University)
  • Prof. İhsan Khader AD-DEEK (An-Najah National University)
  • Prof. Yaseen KİTTANİ (Al-Qasemi Academy University)
  • Prof. Musa AJWA (Hebron University)
  • Prof. Mahjoob ZWEİRİ (Qatar University)
  • Prof. İsmail ÖZÇELİK (Kırıkkale University)
  • Prof. Hamit PEHLİVANLI (Kırıkkale University)
  • Prof. Yasin AKTAY (GNAT Siirt Deputy)
  • Assoc. Prof.  Muhammet HEKİMOĞLU (Atatürk Kül. Dil ve Tar. Yük. Kur.)
  • Assoc. Prof. H. Bayram SOY (Kırıkkale University)
  • Assoc. Prof. Levent AYDIN ((Kırıkkale University)
  • Assoc. Prof. Sait OKUMUŞ (Yıldırım Beyazıt University)
  • Assoc. Prof. Birol AKGÜN(SDE Chair)
  • Assoc. Prof. Şamil ÖCAL (Kırıkkale University)
  • Assoc. Prof. Ali BALCI (Sakarya University)
  • Assoc. Prof. Sıtkı YILDIZ(Kırıkkale University)
  • Assoc. Prof. Mustafa BALCI (Kırıkkale University)
  • Assoc. Prof. Ahmet UYSAL (Marmara University)
  • Assist. Prof. Salim PİLAV (Kırıkkale University)
  • Assist. Prof. Abdussamed YEŞİLDAĞ(Kırıkkale University)
  • Assist. Prof. Recep ÇİNKILIÇ(Kırıkkale University)
  • Dr. Ali GHAREEB (Kırıkkale University) (Palestine)
  • Cahit TUZ, ASEM – Middle East Expert


  • Exp. Öznur ERMEZ (Kırıkkale University)


  • Res. Assist. Ezgi KARMAZ (Kırıkkale University)
  • Res. Assist. Ahmet ÖZMEN (Kırıkkale University)
  • Res. Assist. Mert Can ERDOĞAN (Kırıkkale University)
  • Lect. Atilla ALTUN (Kırıkkale University)
  • Res. Assist. Naime DURAN (Kırıkkale University)
  • Res. Assist. Ayşe Burcu TUNCA (Kırıkkale University)
  • Res. Assist. Gökhan GÖKMEN (Kırıkkale University)
  • Res. Assist. Merve Suna ÖZEL (Kırıkkale University)



Category After15.04.2016
For International Participants € 75.-
Participants From Turkey TL 200.-
Kırıkkale Üniversitesi Mensupları İçin Sempozyum Kayıt Ücreti TL 100.-
Services Including the Registration Fee and Important Information:

  • Registration fee includes attendance to scientific programme, social activities, symposium bag and kit, abstact book or DVD, name badge, participation certificate, coffee break and lunch.
  • Symposium registration fee must be paid in the bank account mentioned below and the document about payment and the registration form must be sent to symposium secratery by email or fax for your participation become definite.
  • The registration fee must be paid accompaniers.
  • Please do not forget to mention full name of the accompaniers in the registration form.


Branch Kavaklıdere Şubesi-Ankara (B.Code  138)
Account Owner Akademi Kongre Turizm ve Ticaret Ltd. Şti.
Account No. of Turkish Lira  No.: 138/00158007282515049
Iban No.: TR09 0001 5001 5800 7282 5150 49
Account No. of Euro No.: 138/00158048010402602
Iban No.: TR93 0001 5001 5804 8010 4026 02
Swift/BIC Code TVBATR2A  

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Symposium Hotel / Official



One of the sponsors of the Second International Middle East Symposium is Hotel İpekçi Gold offers special discounted room rates for all participants.

Hotel İpekçi Gold also offers open-buffet breakfast, some kind of snacks and cold/hot soft drinks and Turkish bath (Hammam) and sauna for all participants including  the room rates.

Hotel İpekçi Gold will provide shuttle service between the hotel and symposium venue.

Please contact directly with Hotel İpekçi Gold for more information and room reservation

Phone : 0090 318 333 31 33                           GSM : 0090 532 520 71 38

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Symposium Secretary

Asist. Ayşe Burcu TUNCA

Kırıkkale University / Department of  Sosyology

Phone: +90 318 357 4242 / ext 41 19





Serhat Sarıoğlu

Tunalı Hilmi Cad. No:83/10 Kavaklıdere Ankara / Turkey

Phone: + 90 (312) 427 11 14

Fax: + 90 (312) 427 11 40

Mobile: +90 (532) 253 80 05

E-mail :

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Place of Symposium

Kırıkkale University
71450 Yahşihan
Kırıkkale, Turkey

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