Cooperation among Foreign Policy Research Centers
Initiated by the Secretariat, 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 of the Member States, as well as Deputy Director General of the Institute for Foreign Relations and Trade of Hungary were participated in the meeting. The meeting was followed by the signing ceremony of the MoU among the Official Foreign Policy Research Centers of the Member States of the Turkic Council.
As the implementation of the decision taken at the first meeting among the Official Foreign Policy Research Centers, SAM Turkey prepared a special publication ‘Fifth Summit of the Turkic Council: A Raising Actor in Regional Cooperation in Eurasia’ devoted to the Fifth Summit of the Turkic Council and it was presented to the Heads of State during the 5th Summit.
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”. The heads of SAMs put forward their recommendations in the sessions “Realizing the potential in developing regional cooperation among the Turkic Speaking 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)”.
Within the framework of this cooperation process, SAM Azerbaijan launched the internship for the researchers from other Research Centers. As a result of this internship, “Turkic Council Countries: Infrastructure, Trade, Logistics, and Transportation" Report has been released in English as the special publication series of the SAM of Azerbaijan in November 2017. It was co-authored by SAM`s Research Fellow at the Economic Analysis and Global Affairs Department as well as PhD candidate at SOAS University of London Mahir Humbatov and Associate Professor of Beykent University Kazim Sari. This report aims to investigate logistics and transportation potential of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. It also sheds light on trade and economic relations of the mentioned countries, available infrastructure projects and the promising infrastructure development programs planned to be implemented in the near future.
Moreover, Turkic Council and SAM Turkey recently published a special academic edition dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Independence of the Member States of the Turkic Council.