Cengiz Aktar

Senior Scholar at Istanbul Policy Center; former director at the United Nations.

Cengiz Aktar is a leading voice in Turkey for democratic reform, including respect for the rights of religious and ethnic minorities, in accordance with EU standards. Born in Istanbul he graduated from the Lycée de Galatasaray and completed his tertiary education at Panthéon-Sorbonne, where he received his Ph.D. in Economic Epistemology. During his time at the UN, Aktar held seminars in the universities where he was working. He has played a major role in promoting an online campaign calling for apology-based reconciliation with the descendants of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-18. Read more

Cengiz Aktar is the author of several books, and his commentaries frequently appear in Turkish publications, such as Taraf and Today’s Zaman.

Contribution (Book and Lecture Series)
Zurich, 1 April 2015
Revisiting Turkey’s Policy Towards Religious Minorities on the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide