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A perspective on Turkey

Dr. Gizem Zencirci is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Providence College.

Last month, the Council of the European Union (EU) held a meeting with Turkey to discuss EU-Turkey relations and management of the migration crisis. Both parties agreed to re-energize Turkey’s accession process to the EU, as well as to reduce the flow of migrants.

Turkey has been in the news consistently in 2015, with the country's presidential election, the twin suicide bombings in Ankara (the capital), and more recently, the downing of a Russian warplane in its airspace.

Dr. Gizem Zencirci is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Providence College and visited Turkey in October. She says there’s a lot of political polarization and increased tension about the escalation of violence between the Turkish state forces and the Kurdish movement.  

To speak with Dr. Zencirci, please contact Chrissy Centazzo at (401) 340-5710, or  

Meet Our Expert:


Dr. Gizem Zencirci,

assistant professor of political science;

Teaching at PC since 2013
  • Middle East Politics
  • Turkish Politics
  • Humanitarianism

  • Poverty and Charity
Selected Courses Taught:
  • Middle East Politics

  • Political Islam in the Muslim World
  • Politics of Humanitarianism  


 Steve Maurano
 Associate Vice President,
 Public Affairs, Community & Government    
 (401) 865-2413​

 Chrissy Centazzo
 Director of Media Relations,
 Public Affairs, Community & Government
 (401) 865-2413




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