Annual Spring Dinner: The New Turkish Foreign Policy and the Syrian Conflict

Sixty-Eighth Annual Spring Dinner and Plenary Meeting

Monday, April 22, 2013
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The New Turkish Foreign Policy and the Syrian Conflict
Featuring Dr. Fevzi Bilgin

Belmont University Frist Lecture Hall located on the fourth floor of the Inman Center Health Sciences Building on Wedgewood Avenue, between 15th & 16th Avenues

Reservations required by end of day, Tuesday, April 16
To reserve: call 615-251-6716 or email 

Cost: $17.00/$10 for students (no refunds after April. 15)
Buffet selection will include both vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices

Program only (7:00 p.m.) is free.

Dr. Fevzi Bilgin is Executive Director of the Rethink Institute in Washington, D.C., a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution devoted to deepening understanding of contemporary political and cultural challenges facing communities and societies around the world in realizing peace and justice.  The Institute pursues this mission through research and civic initiatives centered on dispute resolution, peace building, dialogue development and education

Dr. Bilgin’s areas of expertise include  constitutional politics, religion and politics and political liberalism, Turkish politics, Middle Eastern politics ad US-Turkey relations.

He previously taught at Sakarya University (Turkey) and St. Mary’s College of Maryland and received his education in political science at the University of Ankara (B.A.), the University of Pittsburgh (M.A. & Ph.D.), Marmara University (Middle Eastern Law) and Oxford University (theology).

He has a number of publications, including his most recent book, Political Liberalism in Muslim Societies (Routledge, 2011).