In commemoration of the 9/11 tragedy, Rumi Forum, its chapters and partners organized events in numerous states.

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Rumi Forum assisted with organizing the first White House Eid reception at the White House on October 14, 2014.

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The Rumi Forum honored their 2011 RUMI Peace and Dialogue Award honorees last evening at the National Press Club Ballroom in Washington DC.

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The Role of Civil Society on Turkish and American Democracy

The Role of Civil Society on Turkish and American Democracy:

What We Can Learn from Each Other’s Struggles

By Emily Rodriguez
The most shocking part of stepping foot on Turkish soil for the first time what how natural it felt to be there. Certainly, the language undulated heavily through the air, forming a puzzle of çs and üs I could not decipher; regardless, the air itself felt eerily familiar. Perhaps it was because I had already spent the months leading up to my trip traveling through Istanbul, Kars, and several small villages with writers like Orhan Pamuk and stepping through the country’s past with journalists like Stephen Kinzer. The romantic in me would like to believe that the land did not feel foreign because so many bloodlines have passed through here, because maybe at some point a distant ancestor gazed upon the Bosphorus, feeling connected to the past and the future, the east and the west, peace and war, and every human emotion, just as I was now.

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The Incorporation of Minorities in Turkey The Incorporation of Minorities in Turkey

The Incorporation of Minorities in Turkey
Todd Theringer
9-18-2015

Very few nations in the world consist of one ethnicity and if they claim to be one ethnicity, it is history that has erased the origin of how the present ethnicity came about. Some new groups emerge as a result of mixing of cultures and invasions. Centuries later these cultures present themselves as unique and dominant. The nation state attempts to define itself as one dominant ethnicity and culture and those that aren’t of that same culture become the other or are defined as being a minority. The dominant culture then tries to incorporate, erase or eliminate the minority and reinforce the myth of one dominant group. More

Environmental Security and Turkey’s Power in the Middle East: The Potential for Water and Participatory Governance in Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention

“Environmental Security and Turkey’s Power in the Middle East: The Potential for Water and Participatory Governance in Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention”

Marcia Rosalie Hale, PhD Candidate – UCLA

Introduction

Turkey is in a unique and wildly profound position to act within the current armed conflicts unfolding in Iraq and Syria. While power plays and ideology shred communities apart, water is a source that could help bring them back together. Amending allocation and fostering regional water planning and management can lay the ground to intervene in ongoing war and prevent future conflicts.

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