18 September 2014 Warsaw

A seminar entitled "Poland and Turkey: Common Neighborhood - Common Interests?" was conducted in cooperation by Center for Strategic Research (SAM) and Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) on 18 September 2014 in Warsaw. The seminar is proposed to feature the continuation of corporate links established by Memorandum of Understanding signed on 19 March 2013. SAM delegation was comprised by Assoc. Prof. Mesut Özcan, Chairman of the Diplomatic Academy; Emre Engür, Head of International Projects Department of BOTAŞ; Prof. Oktay Fırat Tanrısever from Middle East Technical University (METU), Assoc. Prof. Emre İşeri from Yaşar University.

Underscoring the 600th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Poland to be celebrated in 2014, the seminar provided a ground to have an exchange of views on the level of political, economic and cultural of mutual relations between Turkey and Poland. The role of Turkish-Polish cooperation and international actors in overcoming the challenges posed by the new security environment in the Black Sea and Caspian regions were evaluated. Besides, in the context of geopolitical changes, the policies to be devised for EU-Turkey energy cooperation and to this end, finalised energy infrastructure projects of Turkey and both countries’ capacities to work together in South Caucasus were discussed.

The participants shared their ideas and suggestions and responded to various questions from each other during the Q&A session at the end of every session.

In the context of the program, SAM delegation was welcomed by the Chairman of Board of the Polish Information and the Foreign Investment Agency (PAIIZ) Slawomir Majman, then by the Head of the National Security Bureau Stanislaw Koziej, met with journalist and lawyer Marek Ostrowski and paid a visit to Warsaw Museum of Uprising.