Turkey Book Talk episode #114  –  Curators Şeyda Çetin and Ebru Esra Satıcı discuss Istanbul art gallery Meşher’s exhibition on the works of little-known Ukrainian painter Alexis Gritchenko (1883-1977).

Gritchenko produced over 600 works – watercolours, oil paintings and sketches – during a two-year stay from 1919 to 1921 in occupied Istanbul, to which thousands of White Russians fled after the First World War and the Russian Revolution.

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The exhibition opened in February but has been suspended due to Covid-19. However, many of the works – as well as audio and text material – can be viewed at Meşher’s website and its Instagram and Facebook accounts.

There is also a video discussing/touring the exhibition (in Turkish)

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Turkey Book Talk episode #110  –  Onur İşçi, assistant professor at Ankara’s Bilkent University and director of its Centre for Russian Studies, on “Turkey and the Soviet Union during World War II: Diplomacy, Discord and International Relations” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury).

The book counter-intuitively argues that the breakdown in Turkey-Soviet relations the Second World War and at the start of the Cold War was an anomaly in a 20th century in which Turkey and Russia in fact cooperated widely.

We also take the opportunity to address present-day Ankara-Moscow ties and the situation in Syria.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #97  –  Emre Erşen, associate professor of political science and international relations at Marmara University, discusses the past, present and future of Ankara’s relations with Russia and China.

Erşen is co-editor, along with Seçkim Köstem, of “Turkey’s Pivot to Eurasia: Geopolitics and Foreign Policy in a Changing World Order” (Routledge).

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Also check out episode #83 – Selim Koru on Turkey, Russia and the power of political resentment 

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Turkey Book Talk episode #83 – Selim Koru, fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, on his paper: “The Resiliency of Turkey-Russia Relations.”

Despite being historic rivals and at odds on many issues, Koru argues that Ankara-Moscow ties are becoming increasingly warm due to a shared underlying worldview, spurred by resentment of the West.

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Here’s the paper we are discussing.

And here’s a link to Selim’s other writing.

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If you enjoyed this episode, you may also be interested in episode #70 from August 2018: Dimitar Bechev on Turkey-Russia relations, past and present.

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Turkey Book Talk episode #70 – Dimitar Bechev on the past and present of Turkey-Russia relations, “rich in history, ambivalent, multifaceted and rich in nuance, blending fierce competition with cooperation.”

Bechev is a research fellow at the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. He is the author of “Rival Power: Russia in Southeast Europe” (Yale University Press), and he has written extensively on Turkey, its policy in Europe and the Middle East, and its relationship with Russia.

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