December 2016
Dear Friends and Colleagues:

It is with a heavy heart but also full of hope for the future, that we wrap up the year 2016 in Istanbul.

First and foremost we would like to recognize the many innocent people who have been victims of terrorism in Turkey and elsewhere in the world, including our own neighborhood - primarily in Syria and Iraq. 

Institutions such as Columbia, and us as the Columbia Global Centers, are keen to promote dialogue, and seek solutions to such complex issues as democracy, reconciliation, and refugees to name a few. It is with this responsibility that we work in Istanbul, to connect with and learn from local and regional colleagues and institutions, while ensuring that Columbia faculty and students can enhance their dialogue with this part of the world. 

In this December e-newsletter you will find a selection of our activities taking place in Istanbul and New York. Please keep in touch and let us know what you think. Better yet, stop by and engage with us. We know that by working together, we can shape a better future!

Thanking each and every one of you for your support and comradery during these difficult days and wishing the world brighter days in 2017.

Ipek and the Global Centers Team  
Strengthening Refugee Access, Equality and Inclusion: Developing a New Framework
In October 2016, the Columbia Global Centers in Istanbul and Amman organized a symposium in New York to discuss the key challenges around the refugee crisis. The symposium brought together scholars and experts working on the ground in the MENA region as well as Columbia faculty to address the gap in the linkages between humanitarian response and development. In light of a rapidly changing global context, the participants discussed the need for new paradigms of refugee assistance and inclusion.

**Click here for the video and the Media Advisory.**
"Women on the Move" Report Uncovers the Vital Role of the Civil Society Organisations
UN Women, OXFAM and Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul published a report from the Inaugural Regional Workshop of a new networking platform, which took place on May 16-18, 2016 in Istanbul.The workshop brought together 60 representatives from some of the most active civil society organisations (CSOs) in the MENA region and Europe to discuss their experiences working with refugees. With conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan producing the highest number of refugees in modern times, CSOs, especially women's organisations, have been leading the way in providing displaced people with information and support, and advocating for the protection of refugee rights.
Click for the report.
Young Leaders from Greece and Turkey Tackle the Future of the Eastern Mediterranean
The Istanbul Center hosted one session of the 2nd Greek-Turkish Young Leaders Symposium (GTYS) on Security with distinguished members from the Greek-Turkish Forum. The Symposium featured a fascinating discussion on the future of Greek-Turkish relations with Ipek Cem Taha, Volkan Vural, Soli Özel,  Ioannis N. Grigoriadis,  Dimitrios Triantaphyllou and Rana Zincir Celal. The symposium was organized by the Kadir Has University's Center for International and European Studies, the Thessaloniki-based Navarino Network, Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul, and NATO's Public Diplomacy Division.
For more info click here.
For more detail, please see symposium page.

Leadership Program for Syrian Women in Civil Society
In November 2016, the Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul in collaboration with the Asfari Foundation organized a five day leadership program for Syrian women in civil society. The retreat program was designed to strengthen leadership skills of Syrian women and provide a mechanism for long-term support and mentorship. The program aimed to nurture the managerial and leadership skills of women executives to facilitate self-reflection to hone inner strength and motivation and to develop a future vision for personal and professional growth.
For more info on Asfari Foundation click here.
- The Istanbul Center's 2017 speakers series is poised to kick off with a lecture by former President of Boğaziçi University, Professor Gulay Barbarosoglu. Stay tuned for further updates on our speaker series.
-  The Regional Network for Historical Dialogue and Dealing with the Past will reconvene in January 2017 for its next thematic workshop focusing on the topic of forced disappearances. The program is held in collaboration with the Truth, Justice and Memory Studies Center (Hafıza Merkezi) and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) at Columbia University, as well as the Columbia Global Centers | Amman.
Columbia University has launched "The Columbia Scholarship Program for Displaced Persons," to support students who have been displaced as a result of conflict/civil war. Starting in 2017, eligible students will receive full tuition, housing, travel, and living assistance while pursuing select undergraduate or graduate degrees at Columbia University. For more information please email:
-  The Committee on Global Thought's "Global Hot Spots" series discussed "Turkey in the World" with Orhan Pamuk, Robert Yik-Fong Tam Professor of the Humanities, N. Türküler Işıksel, James P. Shenton Assistant Professor of the Core Curriculum, Mark Mazower, Ira D. Wallach Professor of History and Carol Gluck, George Sansom Professor of History in November 2016.
-  The Black Sea Networks initiative was launched with a lecture by Ivan Krastev on "An Imitation Imperative: Making Sense of the Crisis of Black Sea Europe" in September 2016. Watch the video here.
-  Professor Asli Tunç of Bilgi University spoke at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism on the role of social media in Turkey in September 2016.
Columbia University dedicates its 17-acre Manhattanville Campus, establishing its academic and civic aspirations for a century to come. Manhattanville Campus now taking shape along Broadway immediately above West 125th Street.

New Exhibition: Longing, December 16, 2016 - February 3, 2017 
Workshop: Gene Movement: New Ideas on Life Sciences, December 20, 2016 
Book Launch: The Arab City: Architecture and Representation, Edited by Amale Andraos and Nora Akawi, February 21, 2017 
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