Examining the link between Turkey's political, economic and social development and the role Turkey plays in regional stability and development.

The project considers the implications of Turkey as a country in the midst of dynamic political and economic changes, and the repercussions of its interactions with Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Black Sea region. This includes effects on the Turkish economy and the changing dynamics of Turkey’s democracy.

It also examines a number of Turkey’s vital bilateral relationships, including its European Union accession process and its delicate ties with Russia. The project is designed to enable policy-makers and decision-makers to gain a better understanding of Turkey as a country in transition.

  • Assessing the interaction between Turkey's internal political developments and its strategic regional role
  • Understanding the evolution of the Turkish economy and the role that the Turkish private sector plays in fostering closer economic relations with its regional neighbours and global partners
  • Analysing Turkey’s foreign policy, including its ongoing negotiations on EU membership, the EU-Turkey deal, and Turkey’s relations in the Middle East.

The Istanbul Roundtable is an annual high-level meeting that brings together an exclusive group of global leaders from business, politics and civil society to discuss international issues of critical importance to global growth and security.

Istanbul is a city which increasingly embodies some of the key cross-currents between a long-standing Atlantic community of nations and those to the city's east whose recent rise is redefining international relations.

All discussions in the Istanbul Roundtable are held under the Chatham House Rule.

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