Publications / Vision Papers

  • The Restoration of Turkey: Strong Democracy, Dynamic Economy, and Active Diplomacy

    Vision paper_kapaksiteWe have been going through a highly dynamic process on a regional and global scale. The history of humanity has rarely seen an era in which such rapid changes have been experienced so intensely. If an attitude maintaining the same dynamism is not adopted at this time, the dynamic international conjuncture will not only drag societies along against their wills, but will also do so in ways that may ultimately destroy those ...
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  • Turkey’s Mediation: Critical Reflections from the Field

    Prof. Dr. Ahmet Davutoğlu

    In today’s world there are serious problems in the regional and global systems. The end of the Cold War did not help much in regard to developing mechanisms to resolve those problems. The post-Cold War era continued to present big challenges, and the emergence of new issues complicated the deep problems in international politics. Ethnic, sectarian and religious clashes and geopolitical conflicts, as well as frozen conflicts, throughout the world are in need of effective mediation. In the changing security environment, in addition to bilateral disputes and ...
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  • Turkic Republics Since Independence: Towards A Common Future

    Prof. Dr. Ahmet Davutoğlu

    During the Cold War, the structure of the bipolar international system, which was based on static polarisation, prevented Central Asian countries from exerting their remarkable historical and geographical influences on international politics. However, the dissolution of the bipolar world system and the collapse of the Soviet Union have radically changed the geopolitical structure of Central Asia in respect of the distribution of power in the international as well as the Eurasian geopolitical systems. To assess the period since the independence of the Turkic ...
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  • A New Vision for Least Developed Countries

    Prof. Dr. Ahmet Davutoğlu

    vision_ldcWhile pursuing its own development with confidence and success, Turkey has become deeply concerned with all forms of human inequality that exist in the world, especially those forms that impact upon the dignity of the individual and the community. This concern has led Turkey in recent years to turn increasing attention to the plight of countries experiencing acute economic and ecological challenges. In this spirit it has sought to provide assistance and moral support to the people of Somalia who have remain afflicted by a lethal famine as well as the ...
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  • Principles of Turkish Foreign Policy and Regional Political Structuring

    Prof. Dr. Ahmet Davutoğlu

    The world is undergoing tumultuous changes, presenting challenges to countries such as Turkey that are affected by this tectonic transformation. While there is a serious economic crisis currently affecting the international community at large, the regions surrounding Turkey are undergoing the equally significant process of political transition. Though challenging, we believe that these transformations are natural and inevitable processes. As it is unwise to confront these processes, the best course of action is to develop a sound understanding ...
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  • Global Governance

    Prof. Dr. Ahmet Davutoğlu

    Global governance is a topic of serious discussion among students of politics, within both academic and policy circles. To do this important topic justice, one needs to adopt a rigorous methodological approach, and offer a well thought-out definition of the adjective ‘global.’ Only in this way one can develop a comprehensive framework to analyze the complex phenomenon of global governance and suggest the ways through which it may be made more effective. Scientific inquiry sometimes benefits from personal ...
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  • A Forward Looking Vision for the Balkans

    Prof. Dr. Ahmet Davutoglu

    The Balkan region is at a historical juncture, as the SEECP (South East European Cooperation Process) is soon to celebrate its 15th anniversary. It is high time for regional countries to reflect on the past fifteen years and reassess the potential role this process could play in the future of the region. What was the joint vision that prompted the Balkan nations to initiate this process? What have been the achievements of the SEECP? What are the factors that render this process a vital component of regional affairs? What ...
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