The promise and peril of globalization has transformed how we view international relations and opened a policy-making process to a new set of actors, agendas, and outcomes. The line between domestic and international politics is increasingly blurred where the only constant is change. In this increasingly complex, interdependent, and information-rich world, more than ever, foreign policy making requires new approaches and new methods. With these ideas in mind, the Bogazici University and the Turkish Businessmen and Industrialists’ Association (TUSIAD), have joined their forces to launch a new forum on foreign policy in Istanbul.
Bogazici University is a leading research and education institution of international standing, aims at generating knowledge at global scale, expanding the scientific horizons of Turkey and educating individuals who will ensure the dominance of contemporary science and technology in the development of the society (more information is available at http://www.boun.edu.tr).
TUSIAD is the largest non-governmental organization of the Turkish private sector, including industries and services, committed to promote Turkey’s political, economic and institutional reform process, within the framework of the membership process to the EU. TUSIAD published several reports and organized various panel discussions in the field of raising democratic standards and awareness in Turkey (more information is available at http: //www.tusiad.org).
Foreign Policy Forum (FPF) founded in 2003 as a non-profit organization dedicated to follow and analyze the developments in the international affairs, especially the developments related with American foreign policy and the European Union’s political and economic integration process. The main objectives of the Foreign Policy Forum can be listed as follows: to promote independent and objective analysis on geopolitical trends and discuss the implications of different foreign policy options through its research reports and other publications;
to follow the current trends in American foreign policy; prepare analysis regarding the developments on the European Union’s Common Security and Defense Policy aspirations;
to offer original insights in order to deal better with the contemporary challenges, to work on alternative policies that will shed light on Turkey’s strategic preferences; influence the ranking of priorities, provide roadmaps for action, mobilize political and bureaucratic coalitions through its program of conferences, roundtables and lectures;
to provide policy-makers venues to build shared understanding, if not consensus, on policy options among decision makers and professionals;
to enhance communication and cooperation with the non-governmental organizations engaged in research related to foreign policy.