Masterclass Middle East – Lecture #5

The future of Turkey 

25 April, 18:00-20:00

Résidence Palace, Wetstraat 155, 1040 Brussels


A lecture by Mustafa Akyol

Mustafa Akyol is a Turkish journalist and author. He studied political science and history at Bogazici University. He has published six books in Turkish and English, including “Rethinking the Kurdish Question: What Went Wrong, What Next?” (2005). He also has two books in English, published in the United States: “Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty” (2011), and “The Islamic Jesus” (2017).

Since 2013, Mr. Akyol is also a monthly opinion columnist for the New York Times, along with his column in He is a public speaker who has given hundreds of lectures and talks on numerous platforms, and been a commentator on public affairs programs. Since 2017, he is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Freedom Project at Wellesley College, based in Massachusetts, USA.

Visit his website and follow him on Twitter @AkyolinEnglish.


The lecture will be introduced by Koert Debeuf, Director TIMEP Europe

Koert Debeuf is the director of TIMEP Europe. He lived for five years in Cairo from where he travelled extensively throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Before 2011 he was the Chief of Staff of ALDE President Guy Verhofstadt. He was also speechwriter, spokesperson and chief advisor of the Prime Minister of Belgium. He is a founding member of the pro-European Spinelli Group and of the Arab Leaders for Freedom and Democracy.

Mr. Debeuf is the author of “Inside the Arab Revolution: Three Years on the Front Line of the Arab Spring” (2014), in which he analyses the events in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey. He holds an M.A. in history from the universities of Leuven and Bologna, and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict at Oxford University.

Follow him on Twitter @koertdebeuf.


Free access on a first come first served basis and until the room reaches full capacity.

Read about the other lectures in this Masterclass here.

This Masterclass is co-organised by TIMEP Europe, Arab Leaders for Freedom and Democracy, and the Institute for European Studies at VUB.

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