STRATIS at the Balkan Think Tanks Convention in Ankara
The Director of the Strategic Research Association (STRATIS), Ambassador Ensar Eminovic, attended the Balkan Think Tanks Convention, held in Ankara on 10-12 June 2015, along with researchers from 12 different countries, including representatives of the Republic of Turkey. Mr. Muhamed Jusic, a research associate of STRATIS, also attended the Convention as a representative of the Center for Advanced Studies from Sarajevo.
The Balkan Think Tanks Convention was organized by the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA), a leading non-profit research institute in Turkey, with the support of the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB), affiliated to the Prime Ministry of Turkey.
The aim of the Convention was to bring together and facilitate dialogue among political researchers from the Balkans and Turkey and to offer a venue for the discussion of current political issues. The event included a two-day workshop on selected topics and one day of meetings with Turkish public institutions operating in the Balkans. The workshop consisted of six panels pertaining to current political issues faced by the Balkans and Turkey.
Ambassador Eminovic participated at the panel “Turkey’s New Activism in the Western Balkans: Policies, Practices and Reactions”, whereas Mr. Jusic took part in a panel entitled “Reflection of the Syrian War and ISIL phenomenon in Turkey and the Balkans”.
During the third day of the Convention the participants visited the SETA Foundation building and attended briefings by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), YTB, and the Yunus Emre Institute. A visit to the new Presidential Palace was also organized for the participants. Finally, the participants also had an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the making and implementation of Turkish foreign policy thanks to a number of meetings and discussions with senior representatives of Turkish official institutions.
During the Convention, Ambassador Eminovic and Mr. Jusic held a number of meetings with representatives of different organizations and institutions and discussed some joint projects that will be implemented in the future.