Academic Assessments

Disasters in Turkey in 2020

Mikdat Kadıoğlu
Prof. Dr., Istanbul Technical University Department of Meteorological Engineering

Undoubtedly, the most significant calamity in Turkey in 2020 has been the COVID-19 pandemic. However, other disasters based in Turkey have been recorded in international disaster databases. Eight nature-based and four technology-based disasters have been recorded in the International Emergency Database (EM-DAT) for Turkey in 2020. Five of the eight nature-based calamities were formed from…

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2020 in Terms of Public Health

Şeyma Arslan
Dr., Ministry of Health, Arnavutköy District Health Directorate
Mustafa Taşdemir
Prof. Dr., Ministry of Health, General Director for Health Promotion

As a result of pneumonia cases of unknown origin being reported to the World Health Organization (WHO), a new virus from the coronavirus family was detected at the beginning of 2020. Cases of those infected with this virus were seen on many continents. WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak on March 11, 2020.1 As of December…

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Turkey as a Country of Migration: Notes on 2020

Selman Salim Kesgin
Dr., Turkish Red Crescent Academy

Turkey has become a destination country for migrants from almost every corner of the world due to its geopolitical basin, historical and cultural past, and the economic and political policies it has adopted. For this reason, the number of visitors coming to Turkey for education, work, and asylum has experienced continuous growth since the early…

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The Future of Volunteerism in the Age of the Coronavirus

Adem Başpınar
Prof., Kırklareli University, Department of Sociology
Murat Şentürk
Assoc. Prof., İstanbul University, Department of Sociology

We humans establish sophisticated connections with each other in terms of being social beings. With billions of people having become isolated due to the coronavirus, some of us have started to create new volunteer opportunities using innovative methods: masked volunteers. Some of us supplied food to our elderly neighbors, some of us provided pilates lessons…

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General Outlook of Social Services in 2020

Vedat Işıkhan
Prof. Dr., Hacettepe University Department of Social Services Faculty Member; Presidential Social Policies Council Member

Having affected the whole world and caused the deaths of thousands of people, COVID-19 emerged in Wuhan, China in December 2019. COVID-19 then spread globally and caused a pandemic to be declared around the world. It has left thousands of people around the world with economic, social, cultural, and health problems. In order to prevent…

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Turkey’s International Humanitarian Aid in 2020: The Pandemic and Beyond

Murat Çemrek
Prof. Dr., Necmettin Erbakan University Political Science and International Relations Department
Büşra Yılmaz
Res. Assist., Necmettin Erbakan University Political Science and International Relations Department

We think we have all been subjected to the famous ancient Chinese curse “May you live in interesting times!” 2020 has been an interesting year for our planet in every sense. In fact, it has been chaotic, gloomy, and even Kafkaesque. For that reason, it would not be bad to start our theoretical framework with…

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