About The Event

The continuous challenges facing the global order today raise many pertinent questions about the future of the world and the scope for change. In recent years the world has witnessed ruptures in the arena of global politics and economic globalisation as well as unprecedented humanitarian crises, all of which have shaken the foundations of the established global order. TRT World Forum brings together leading experts, senior decision-makers and influencers to dissect analyse and understand these pressing issues to inspire changes for a brighter and better future.




Wednesday and Thursday
18th- 19th October 2017
9:00 – 19:30


Day 1

Session 1: Redefining the Global Agenda: Old Guard vs New Players

The rest of the world can no longer ignore the interests and demands of emerging powers like China, India, Brazil and Turkey. With economic growth that is expected to exceed their developed peers, these new players are shaking the very foundation of the established economic order, hence political consensus. Emerging powers are being more vocal about shaping the world and its institutions like the World Trade Organisation, the International Monetary Fund, and the United Nations. This necessitates that the old guard and the new players to come together to lay the foundation for a new socio-political & socio-economic contract for a new global order that is more inclusive in its nature and more reflective of today’s world in its structure.

Session 2: Emerging Trends and New Threats in MENA Region

The Arab Uprisings promised a new era of change and political stability, where the rule of law, democratic politics, and economic welfare would be the guiding principles. But the revolutions failed to deliver on those promises, as previous authoritarian structures and deep police states of the region resisted the changes that were envisioned to take place. This session will explore the power structures at play, the obstacles and barriers to change, and future prospects of political and social change in the region.

Session 3: Re-Thinking Media Responsible Reporting on Humanitarian Crises

Media depicts day-to-day events but also produces narratives of global events. The media’s coverage of the Arab Uprisings, Turkey’s failed coup, and elections in the West show how the media increasingly transmutes itself from a conveyor to a policy-influencer. Understanding the liminal position of media and its future in an era dominated by uncertainty requires continuous scrutinisation of its very conceptual and institutional foundations.

Day 2

Session 1: Transforming Humanitarian Aid: A Refined Approach

Humanitarian aid is an important tool to stabilise and rehabilitate the conflict-ridden societies. However, aid remains limited and unsustainable in the long-term without innovatively maximising its usage. This session aims to explore new methods through which resources could be efficiently used to reduce the dependency of aid recipients and transform them into self-sufficient social actors. Recipients may become part of the global community of donors in the future. In this respect, finding long-term solutions for humanitarian challenges will be examined and debated in this session, with a particular focus on the Syrian crisis.

Session 2: Capitalising on Fear: the Politicisation of Xenophobia and Islamophobia

The refugee influx in Europe has boosted xenophobia and fed the rise of extremist right-wing nationalist parties. While xenophobia and racism have been more visible in the European context, these social phenomena also exist in other geographic areas, but they are underemphasised. Drawing on previous historical experiences, this session will look into the conditions under which xenophobia grows and the strategies that can be developed to minimise the phenomenon.

Session 3: Digital Influencers and Their Role in Shaping Public Discourse

As digital media on mobile devices is the primary platform of communication with the outside world, the rise of digital influencers continues to grow. Community leaders and celebrities have been replaced by individuals who gain popularity on social media. The popularity of influencers on YouTube highlights how young people who create content on digital platforms have the ability to garner international attention. Digital influencers have become the role models of millennials.
With their massive fan base, what responsibility do they have in shaping public discourse? Many influencers can use their popularity to promote social good. This session looks at the role of digital influencers in shaping public discourse. We look at the responsibilities of influencers toward their audiences and the ways they can inspire change.

Session 4: Big Business, Big Solutions: Encouraging Corporate Social Responsibility

Greater corporate involvement in the relief sector can provide long-term economic gains and deliver much-needed expertise, hence solutions. Technological innovation is driven by the corporate sector’s relentless efforts to increase efficiency and maximise resources. Technological innovation, not just financial contribution, can also be used to create sustainable solutions that can be used by the relief sector to assist marginalised and impoverished societies. This session aims to discuss and analyse the role of the private sector in providing humanitarian relief.







Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel, Turkey
Cihannuma Mah Saray Cd No5 Besiktas, Istanbul, 34353, Turkey
TEL: +90-212-310-2525

Our guests will stay at the Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus hotel, located in one of Istanbul’s oldest neighborhoods, Besiktas. We will be hosting our guests at the residential and commercial city center of the European side of the city. Located in one of Istanbul’s most famous districts, Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus boasts fantastic transport links to Istanbul’s amazing landmarks.