The main mechanism of the political cooperation among Turkic Speaking States is the annual summits of Heads of State.DEEPENING COOPERATION AMONG THE MEMBER STATES AND IN THE REGION
As two regular platforms, the CHS and the CFM form the backbone for political motivation among the Member States. Furthermore, Member States deepen political cooperation through other means, such as regular security consultations; Junior Diplomats Joint Training Programs, meetings of Official Foreign Policy Research Centers, and election observer missions. Coordinating the activities of Turkic Speaking Diasporas is also among the issues on the agenda of the Turkic Council. Last but not least, Turkic Council Foreign Ministers, when necessary, issue a common view of the Turkic Council with respect to the developments taking place in the world. Expression of common views by the Turkic Council Foreign Ministers is a testament to the intense political cooperation that the Member States have endured within the framework of the Turkic Council.
Meetings of Foreign Ministers
The CFM has so far convened 11 times, five of which were the informal gatherings customarily held on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York. The meeting of the CFM in 2015 was hosted by Erlan Idrissov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan on 10 September 2015 in Astana on the margins of the Fifth Summit of the Council.
In line with the customary practice of convening the informal CFM on the margins of the UN General Assembly, Foreign Ministers also met on 26 September 2015 in New York and discussed the work of the Council as well as the other pressing issues of common concern.
Junior Diplomats Joint Training Program
In accordance with the Cooperation Protocol among the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, signed at the Third Summit of the Turkic Council, Junior Diplomats Joint Training Program was included in the activities of the Turkic Council. In this framework, First and Second Junior Diplomats Joint Training Programs were organized in Turkey on 13-25 April 2014 and in Azerbaijan on 1-15 March 2015 respectively. The Secretariat prepares the contents of the training programs taking into consideration the priorities of the Turkic Council and the host country as well as the experiences from the previous programs. Through the programs, junior diplomats of the Member States attend a two-week training in one of the Member States to increase their knowledge about and sympathy towards one another. The next training program will be organized in Kazakhstan in 2016.
Cooperation among the Official Foreign Policy Research Centers of the Turkic Council
Launching a cooperation process among the Official Foreign Policy Research Centers of the Member States was initiated by the Secretariat in 2013.The first meeting among the Official Foreign Policy Research Centers was hosted by the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SAM Azerbaijan) in Baku on 8 May 2015. Heads of the Centers; Dr. Farhad Mammadov, Director of SAM Azerbaijan; Mr.Yerlan Karin, Director of the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Dr. Talant Sultanov, Director of the National Institute for Strategic Studies of the Kyrgyz Republic and Prof. Ali Resul Usul, Chairman of the Center for Strategic Research of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey (SAM Turkey) as well as Deputy Director General of the Institute for Foreign Relations and Trade of Hungary Dr. Laszlo Vasa participated in the meeting. The meeting was followed by a press conference where the signing ceremony of the MoU among the Official Foreign Policy Research Centers of the Member States of the Turkic Council was concluded.
After the ceremony, the abovementioned names visited Ambassador Novruz Mammadov Head of the Foreign Relations Department and Deputy Head of Presidential Administration of the Republic of Azerbaijan on 8 May 2015.
Secretary General Hasanov participated in the conference entitled “Countries of the South Caucasus and Central Asiain the Context of the Silk Road Economic Belt” hosted by SAM Azerbaijan on 7 May 2015 in Baku and addressed the audience.
As the implementation of the decision taken at the first meeting among the Official Foreign Policy Research Centers, SAM Turkey, with the contributions of the other Member States, prepared a special publication devoted to the Fifth Summit of the Turkic Council entitled Fifth Summit of the Turkic Council: A Raising Actor in Regional Cooperation in Eurasia.
The Second Meeting among the Official Foreign Policy Research Centers was held on 21-22 December 2015 in Istanbul with the theme of “Opportunities and Challenges in Developing Regional States and in Eurasia”. A senior expert from Institute for Foreign Relations and Trade of the Republic of Hungary was also present in the meeting.
At the meeting, the heads of SAMs put forward their recommendations in the sessions held under the titles of “Realizing the potential in developing regional cooperation among the Turkic States with a focus on political, social, economic and cultural dimensions”, “Economic and political developments in Eurasia and their effects in regional cooperation among the Turkic States and in the region” and “Developing a common agenda for increased cooperation among the Turkic States and in the region (2016-2020)”.
Election Observation Missions
The Turkic Council also participates in the election processes of the Member States by commissioning international observer missions in order to ensure fair, transparent and democratic elections. The observation missions comprise the representatives of the Member States, the Secretariat of the Turkic Council and Turkic Academy. In 2015 Turkic Council observed Early Presidential Elections in Kazakhstan, Parliamentary Elections in Turkey, Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan. Elections were observed in the cities of Baku and Ganja of Azerbaijan, the cities of Almaty and Taraz of Kazakhstan, the cities of Bishkek and Osh of Kyrgyzstan and the cities of Istanbul, Izmir, Trabzon and Van of Turkey.