A roundtable meeting entitled “New Directions in Turkish Foreign Policy” was organized by SAM in cooperation with the Middle East Institute in Washington DC on 18 December 2013. The roundtable was moderated by Paul Salem, Vice President of the Middle East Institute. Prof. Bülent Aras, Advisor at SAM, Assoc. Prof. Ferhat Pirincci, Advisor at SAM and Assist. Prof. Murat Yeşiltaş, Advisor at SAM delivered their speeches. Representatives from the Department of State, Congress, and Washington DC based think-tanks, academics, journalists and representatives of some NGOs and lobbies were among the participants of the event.
In the Q&A part, the participants asked questions on Turkish foreign policy in the context of Middle East transformation process, Turkish soft power, recent developments in Cyprus and Turkish defense procurement, and relations with Egypt, Syria, Iraq, KRG, Israel, and Armenia.
The roundtable has provided a useful platform to discuss the new directions in Turkish foreign policy and inform the participants about Turkey’s stance on the regional issues.