Like most websites, also uses cookies for its operation. I understand that the Danube Institute is trying to compile relevant personalized bids for which I use many personal data. To get more information about these cookies and the processing of your personal data, check our Privacy Policy. I accept

Whither Turkey?
Past Events / Videos
Public lecture delivered by Norman Stone at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University | 25th February 2015

Turkey is in a state of flux. Ten years ago, the country’s direction of political travel and its aspiration to be more Western in outlook was taken for granted. Critics now complain of President’ Erdogan’s increasingly autocratic style, and say he has sought to exploit and magnify the divisions within Turkish society for political advantage, while trying to muzzle the press.

Economically, Turkey continues to prosper. Now the world’s 15th largest economy, it has a burgeoning middle class, whose incomes have tripled since Erdogan came to power, and it can boast gleaming tower blocks and new hotels as well as more hospitals and schools. The country’s mix of modern and traditional, secular and Islamic, leads to the oft asked question: “Whither Turkey?”

Norman Stone, who has worked in Turkey for the last 18 years, seeked to answer that question in a lecture delivered at the Pázmány Péter Catholic Univeristy on 25th February 2015.

Norman Stone is one of Britain's best known and most controversial historian, former student, then lecturer, at the University of Cambridge, Professor of History at the University of Oxford, and, until very recently professor of International Relations at the University of Bilkent, Ankara, Turkey. He was also an adviser and speech writer to the British Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and is the author of many books on Twentieth Century history, including The Eastern Front 1914–17 (1975), Hitler (1980), Europe Transformed, 1878–1919 (1983), The Other Russia (1990), and The Atlantic and Its Enemies: A Personal History of the Cold War (2010).

Norman Stone's lecture were followed by a response from Tamás Szigetvári (Pázmány Péter Catholic Univeristy).

Watch the video record of the event by clicking on the link below.

Invisible Victims Conference Part2 - Panel1. VIDEO


Persecution, the Media and the Public: Mervyn Thomas, Damian Thompson, Stephen Bullivant, Fiona Bruce. Moderator: Peter Whittle.

Invisible Victims Conference. Part 3. Lecture by David Martin Jones. VIDEO.


Religion and the Clash of Civilizations

Invisible Victims Conference. Part 4. Responses. VIDEO


Baroness Cox, Miriam Lexmann, Kishore Jalabayan.

Invisible Victims Conference Part 5. - Panel 2. VIDEO


How are we addressing the problem? Can we do better? How are the churches responding? Hajnalka Juhász, Fr. Benedict Kiely. Moderated by Lord Brian Griffiths

Invisible Victims: Persecuted Believers and Western Governments

Past Events

An International Conference IN LONDON, organized by the Danube Institute and the New Culture Forum

After the Elections: What Next for Ukraine?/Ukrajna az elnökválasztás után: Hogyan tovább?

Past Events

What can we expect after the April 21 presidential election? Mire számíthatunk az április 21-i elnökválasztás után?

Video: Reflections on the Revolution in France


Anne-Elisabeth Moutet, Ulla Terkelsen and Eszter Petronella Soós on the political situation in France.

What If International Borders Just Melt? (video)


A lecture by Charles Crawford.

MCC Budapest Summit on Migration

Past Events

The MCC Budapest Summit on Migration March 22-24, Várkert Bazár

Jobb elnök lennél, mint Trump?

Past Events

Bizonyítsd be! Nyerj gyakornoki helyeket és más értékes díjakat a szimulációs versenyen!


H-1067 Budapest, Eötvös u. 24.
Phone: +36 1 269 1041

Switch to a larger map