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CRISIS COMMITTEE
EXPIRY OF THE TREATY OF LAUSANNE, 2023

COMMITTEE DESCRIPTION

​From Ataturk to Erdogan: The rise of the Neo-Ottoman Empire

One hundred years have passed since the powers of Europe met with the founding father of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. This meeting, in the Swiss city of Lausanne, outlined the territorial boundaries of the modern Turkish state, and subsequently crafted a foundational myth of Turkish victory over European imperialists and oppressors. However, 100 years on, the story is very different; Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP (Justice and Development Party) has brought on a new era of authoritarianism and nationalism to the Turkish Republic, an era which hopes to jump on the dissolution of the Treaty of Lausanne in 2023 to his advantage. Though official historiography and political history denies any inklings of an expansive Turkey in the 2020s, delegates in this committee will stem their work off of the 2023 Expiration of the Treaty and the expansive rhetoric and actions of a Turkey in the near future. Delegates will represent regional and international players who are ostensibly concerned over the future of the Middle East, and the potential rise of another Turkish Empire.

Committee email: lausanne@cg-aa.org

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RAMZI AJAMI

CHAIR

Université de Montréal, Faculty of Arts & Sciences

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ISABELLA FREITAG

ASSISTANT CHAIR

Dawson College, Faculty of Social Sciences

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ALEXANDRE ASHKIR

CRISIS DIRECTOR

McGill University, Faculty of Arts

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DANIEL JUC

ASSISTANT CRISIS DIRECTOR

CÉGEP Gérald-Godin, Faculty of Computer Science