2015 marks the centenary of the start of the First World War which had tremendous effects over the whole world. Effects that can even be recognized today. WWI would ultimately lead to the dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire, the abolition of both the Ottoman sultanate and the caliphate and the subsequent exile of the Ottoman imperial family. It would lead to the creation of the Turkish Republic and to the divided and troubled Middle East that exists today. Was war inevitable? Could the empire have remained a neutral, or at the very least a non-belligerent nation?
Center for Public Debate, together with Turkish student associations in the Netherlands, organizes 9 conferences to highlight different aspects of World War I and its impact on today’s world.