Monday Briefing | October 12

Monday Briefing | October 12

Relatives comfort nine-year-old Cayan Tuylu near the casket of his father Sarigul, a victim of the twin bombings in Ankara the day before, at his funeral in Istanbul on Sunday. Picture by Yasin Akgul | Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
Relatives comfort nine-year-old Cayan Tuylu near the casket of his father Sarigul, a victim of the twin bombings in Ankara the day before, at his funeral in Istanbul on Sunday. Picture by Yasin Akgul | Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

Stories to Follow

Turkey in mourning

Turkey declared three days of mourning after nearly a hundred protestors were killed in an attack that targeted a peace rally organized by leftist groups in Ankara. Turkish officials said that the attack was likely the result of two suicide bombings. Limited clashes erupted on Sunday as police attempted to prevent pro-Kurdish protestors from entering the attack’s site. In response to the attack, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) announced a unilateral ceasefire. The Turkish military continued its airstrikes against PKK despite the ceasefire. Follow the story in AlJazeera and BBC.

ISIS expands as Russia continues airstrikes in Syria

The Islamic state in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has made new territorial gains in Syria, capturing six villages near Aleppo. The area has been the target of the latest Russian airstrikes. ISIS advances raises questions about the objective of the Russian intervention in Syria, which has mostly targeted anti-Assad rebel groups. Follow the story in the New York Times.

Noble celebrates Tunisia

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to The National Dialogue Quartet in Tunisia for its role in advancing the country’s nascent democracy. The Quartet, which consists of four organizations representing workers, employers, lawyers, and human rights activists, played a leading role in brokering an agreement between Islamist and secular parties which ended a period of civil unrest. Follow the story in The Economist and Washington Post.

Upcoming events

Seminar: Politics of the Square In the Arab Revolutions
Thursday, October 15 at 12:30pm 2:30pm – Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU.
Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU is hosting a seminar on the role of urban spaces in the recent uprisings in the Middle East.

NYU International Relation and Politics Association’s Annual Networking Reception October 15 at 6:30 pm – NYU Kimmel Center for University Life.
Join NYU International Relation and Politics Association’s annual networking reception for an opportunity to meet with professionals from a wide variety of industries, including the academia. The event is only open to current IR and politics students.

The Great Triangular Game: Russia, China, and the USA, Past and Present
October 21 at 4:00pm-6:00pm – Jordan Center for Advanced Study of Russia
Panelists include NYU Professor Tim Naftali, Professor Li Xing, Director of the Center of Eurasian Studies at Beijing Normal University, and Dmitry Savkin, Associate Professor at the School of Public Policy at The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA).

In your spare time

Watch comedian John Oliver’s amusing and informative discussion of the current refugee crisis.

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