SESSIONS | Second Session

Second Session: Peace and Journalism


Joost Lagendijk (Moderator)

Joost Lagendijk is a Dutch columnist at the Turkish dailies Zaman and Today’s Zaman. He is a former GreenLeft Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and served as the joint chairman of the Turkey-EU Parliamentarians delegation. Since 2008, he is a senior adviser at the European Policy Center and also a professor at Sabancı University.


Petra ACZÉL is associate professor at Corvinus University of Budapest, she is head of the Institute of Behavioural Science and Communication Theory. She studied at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, earned her PhD degree in classical and modern rhetorics in 2003, and gave her habilitation lecture for university professorship in 2011. Her research interests are focused on the theory and practice of rhetoric, public communication and new media, she authors and co-authors four books and numerous essays. Recent publications include her contributions to the debate on “new rhetoric” and new media rhetoric. She is a regular participant at international conferences, and holds memberships in Hungarian and international communication associations and boards.


Mr. Myung-bok Bae

Mr. Myung-bok Bae is currently an Editorial Writer and Diplomatic Correspondent for the JoongAng Ilbo. He joined the JoongAng Ilbo in 1984 and began his career as a reporter of economy, politics, foreign news, etc. In 1989 he was dispatched to Paris as a foreign correspondent and passed four years and half in Europe. Returning to Seoul, he covered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade as a staff writer. In 1997 he was reposted as a correspondent in Paris to spend another three years in Europe. After his second mission in Paris, he became a Chief of Foreign News Desk and Foreign News Editor as well as Travelling Correspondent in US. Since 2006 he has been taking the current task. Currently he is writing columns for the JoongAng Ilbo. In 1982 he received a Bachelor’s degree of French language and literature from the Seoul National University and studied at the SAIS of Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC in 2004. In recognition of his outstanding work as a correspondent in Europe he was presented the 1st Korea-Europe Journalist Award by the Korean Society of Contemporary European Studies(KSCES) in 2011.

Dr. Cengiz Aktar

After having spent over 20 years in various UN field operations in Africa, Asia and Europe, Aktar retired from the UN and back in Turkey where he taught courses on various EU policies at Galatasaray and Bahçeşehir Universities. Currently he lectures at Süleyman Şah University and is a senior scholar associated with Istanbul Policy Centre. He writes weekly columns for daily Taraf and Today’s Zaman.

Aktar works on policies of memory regarding ethnic and religious minorities as well as various EU policies. He has published nine books and numerous articles in Turkey and abroad. The latest book he edited “Ecumenical Patriarchate” was published in Turkish in March 2011. His latest work “Handbook for decentralisation” will hit the shelves in December 2014.




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