5th Foreign Policy and Security Winter School, 22-25 March 2023, Istanbul/Turkey

Open to:



22 March, 2023




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 located 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. Being 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 Winter School is organized by the BILGESAM- one of the leading think tanks of TurkeyBILGESAM is a private, non-profit research center that cooperates with well known international research centers and institutions. The Winter School will include all aspects of Turkish Foreign and Security 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 Caucasus, 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 Winter School you will:

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

-become familiar with key trends at the Middle East, the Black Sea and the South Caucasus 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 winter 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.


Winter School is aimed at bachelormaster and PhD degree students from Turkey and throughout the world. Professionals and non-professionals, who are interested in Turkish Foreign Policy and Security issues 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 4-day program, participants will be briefed on matters related to fundamental issues of the Turkish foreign and security policy and Turkey's bilateral relations with the global and regional powers.

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



Please do not hesitate to contact us. For any additional information (including financial matters) you may need, please contact Mr. Elnur Ismayil via elnurismajil@gmail.com.


Participation Fee and Price:

The participation fee for the winter school amounts to

300 Euro / 300 USD  (without accomodation) and to

500 Euro / 500 USD  (4 day accomodation and breakfast included; social activities, excursion to historical places in Istanbul)

The fee covers all winter school materials.

Participants are to make their own travel arrangements.

Location and Date:

The winter school will be held in Istanbul, Turkey between 22-25 March 2023 (4 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 Winter School via email elnurismajil@gmail.com.

The deadline for registration for the Winter School is Friday 15 March 2023.

Please note that the participation fee is due by March 15, 2023. Participation in the Foreign Policy Winter School is only possible after confirmation of payment. Please note that we can reimburse only %50 of the participation fee, if you cancel after February 05, 2023.

Accommodation can be either arranged by us or by the participants themselves. Please indicate in the email if you wish us to arrange accommodation or if you prefer to take care of accommodation yourself.