About SAM


Center for Strategic Research of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Türkiye (SAM) is a think-tank and a research center which is chartered by law and has been active since May 1995. SAM was established as a consultative body to provide Turkish Foreign Policy decision makers with scholarly and scientific assessments of relevant issues, and reviews Turkish foreign policy with a futuristic perspective.

SAM conducts research, organizes scholarly events relevant to the ever expanding spectrum of Turkish Foreign Policy in cooperation with both Turkish and foreign academicians, its counterparts from around the world as well as various universities and government agencies. SAM provides consultancy to the foreign ministry departments as well as some other state institutions in foreign policy issues while also establishing regional think-tank networks.

In addition to its role of generating up-to-date information, reliable data and insightful analysis as a think-tank, SAM functions as a forum for candid debate and discussion for anyone who is interested in both local and global foreign policy issues. Increasingly, SAM has become a center of attraction since it successfully brings scholars and policy makers together for exchange of ideas in panels, in-house meetings, seminars and training programs for young diplomats.

SAM has a widening range of publications. Along with its traditional publication, Perceptions, which is a quarterly English language journal that hosts distinguished Turkish and international scholars within its pages, SAM recently initiated Vision Papers which expresses the views of the H.E. Foreign Minister and SAM Papers that will cover the current debates of foreign policy by various scholars.

With its commitment to contribution to the body of knowledge and constructive debate particularly in Turkish Foreign Policy, SAM will continue to serve as an indispensable think-tank and research center given its role promoting interaction and mutual benefits among the MFA, NGOs, other think-tanks and the broader scientific community and hence strengthen the human and intellectual capital of Türkiye.

International Partners

Italian Society for International Organization

Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, South Korea

China Institute of International Studies

The Institute for Strategic Studies, Mongolia

Institute of Diplomatic Studies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Higher Institute of International Relations Attached to the Ministry of Foreign Relations of the Republic of Cuba

Diplomatic Institute to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria

Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic

Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Australia.

SAM- Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies, Georgia

The Center for Strategic Studies Under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan

The Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies Under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

The Institute for Strategic Studies of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan

The Institute of International Politics and Economics of The Republic of Serbia

Intellectuals Forum

The Intellectuals Forum is structured as a side event of the 4th UN Conference, bringing together prominent academics, experts, activists, and opinion leaders and focusing on multiple issues related to the LDCs. It is a novel concept for the LDC Conference, introduced by Turkish Foreign Ministry following a series of consultations with various experts. It aims to take a conscientious intellectual approach to influence the decisions of the official branch of the conference in line with the interests and true needs of the peoples of the LDCs.

Forum Web Site: http://www.ldcintellectuals.org

Turkish-Italian Forum

The Ita-Turk Forum, organized with the patronage of the Turkish and Italian Foreign Ministries, is a forum for political debate, aiming to strengthen dialogue between Italian and Turkish communities and to support Türkiye's process of accession to the European Union.

Forum Web Site: http://itaturk-forum.eu/