4th Foreign Policy and Security Winter School

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23 March, 2022


Istanbul / Turkey


4th Foreign Policy and Security Winter School, 23-27 March 2022, Istanbul/Turkey


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 in cooperation by the Altinbash Uni and BILGESAM- one of the leading think tanks of Turkey. BILGESAM 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 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 Policy;

-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.


-General frame of Turkish Foreign Policy at the post-Cold War environment

- Security Issues in the Turkish Foreign Policy Agenda

-Turkey’s Middle East Policy

-Turkey and Security of the Wider Black Sea region

- Turkish-Russian political, economic and military relations

-Turkey-Iran Relations

-Turkey-NATO Relations

-Turkey-EU Relations

- Turkey’s South Caucasus (Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia) policies

-Turkey’s Energy Policy and European Energy Security

-Turkey’s Military Industry Policy


The official language of the Winter School is English.


Participation Fee and Price:

The participation fee for the winter school amounts to

275 Euro / 300 USD  (without accomodation) and to

450 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 23-27 March 2022 (4 days full time).




Winter School is aimed at bachelor, master and PhD degree students from Turkey and throughout the world. Professionals and non-professionals, who are interested in Turkish Foreign Politicy 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 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.


There will be some scholarship opportunities (in a small number) 


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 18 March 2022.

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