EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr Demir Murat Seyrek on SkyNews – 01 / 01 / 2017

Demir Murat Seyrek | SkyNews (UK) |

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Dr Demir Murat Seyrek is interviewed by SkyNews on the horrific attack that occurred at the Istanbul night club ‘Reina’, leaving 39 people dead and many more injured.

“The Islamic State and its sympathizers are targeting symbols; the Istanbul night club that was targeted was not just a night club, it was a symbol, to Turkey and to the Western world.”

This interview is in English and can be watched here.

About Demir Murat Seyrek

Dr. Demir Murat Seyrek is a Senior Policy Advisor at the European Foundation for Democracy. His work focuses on prevention of radicalisation and the role that civil society can play in supporting vulnerable communities to build resilience from within. He also manages a programme monitoring online radicalisation. Murat began his career as the Brussels representative of the ARI Movement, a leading Turkish NGO, working on Turkey-EU relations and democratisation. During the Cyprus peace process (2003-2004) he took an active role establishing contacts with the EU institutions and European think tanks on behalf of the Leader of the Turkish Cypriot Community. Murat has published widely on contemporary aspects of Turkish politics and foreign policy, including in academic journals, newspapers and think tank publications. He also appears regularly on television and in print media and is a regular columnist for the Deutsche Welle Turkish. He holds a PhD in Political Science and an MA in European Studies from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and a BSc in International Relations from the Middle East Technical University (Turkey). Murat speaks Turkish, English and French.

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