1 st Turkish Foreign Policy and Security Summer School (online), 07-09 September 2021, Istanbul/Turkey

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Summer Program
September 7, 2021 to September 9, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Diplomacy and International Relations, Human Rights, Middle East History / Studies, Political Science, World History / Studies

Turkey is located at very critical geography. On one hand it is a NATO member and strategic partner of the USA. On the other hand, it is in the neighborhood of the regional powers like Iran and Russia which both of them play extremely important role at the contemporary world politics. Furthermore, Turkey has border with the Middle Eastern countries in which there is a continuous civil war and turmoil. Located in such critical geography, Turkey should develop effective foreign policy which not only can prevent Turkey from potential security threats but also can bring peace and security to the whole region.

The Foreign Policy and Security SUMMER School is organized by BILGESAM (Wise People Center for Strategic Studies)- one of the leading think tanks of Turkey. BILGESAM is a private, non-profit research center that cooperates with well known international research centers and institutions. The Summer School will include all aspects of Turkish Foreign Policy, main actors of policy-making processes, institutes and Turkey’s relations with regional and global powers. Regional security topics such as Turkey’s role on the Middle Eastern security, Black Sea security, security of the South Caucasia, are also in the agenda. Furthermore, courses on regional energy security issues and Turkey’s energy policies also will be lectured.


With the successful completion of the Foreign Policy and Security Summer School you will:

-get deep understanding on contemporary Turkish Foreign and Security Policy;

-become familiar with key trends at the Middle East, the Black Sea, and the South Caucasian regions;

-become familiar with Turkey’s policies and strategies on regional and global conflicts and crisis;

-get deep understanding on current energy projects at the region and their global influence.

The courses during the summer school will be taught by professional experts both from Turkey and abroad such as university lecturers, high-ranking think thank research fellows, and Turkish and international diplomats.


Summer School is aimed at bachelor, master, PhD degree students from Turkey and throughout the world. Professionals and non-professionals, who are interested in Turkish Foreign Policy, Security issues, Economy and Energy politics  in wider region with a particular focus on issues mentioned above, can also apply.

The main criteria for selection will be motivation to develop as an expert on foreign policy issues. Within the framework of the 3-day program, participants will be briefed on matters related to fundamental issues of the Turkish Foreign Policy and Turkey's bilateral relations with the global and regional powers.

After successful completion of the Summer school participants will receive certificate of completion.


-General frame of Turkish Foreign Policy at the post-Cold War environment

- Security Issues in the Turkish Foreign Policy Agenda

-Turkey’s Middle East and East Mediterranean Sea Policy

-Turkey and Security of the Wider Black Sea region

- Turkish-Russian political, economic, and military relations

-Turkey-Iran Relations

-Turkey-NATO Relations

-Turkey-EU Relations

- Turkey’s South Caucasus (Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia) policies

-Turkey’s Energy Policy and European Energy Security


The official language of the Summer School is English.


Participation Fee and Price:

The participation fee for the summer school amounts to

50 Euro / 50 USD from the EU countries, and the USA, Canada

40 AZN from Azerbaijan

50 USD from the rest of the world

150 Turkish Lira (TL) from Turkey


The fee covers all summer school materials.

Location and Date:

The school will be held online between 07-09 September 2021 (3 days full time).

Registration and Deadline:

Applicants should send us the following documents in English:

- resume/CV; - one photo

You can register for the Foreign Policy and Summer School via email elnurismajil@gmail.com.

The deadline for registration for the Summer School is Friday 05 September 2021.


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