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We are currently in the process of reconceptualizing the GRF Young Scholars Program and as such, are regrettably not accepting applications at this time. Please follow our website and social media for any upcoming announcements.
Participants of the GRF Young Professionals Program are expected to have four years of work experience, and to be no older than 38. Applications for the program’s 2021-2022 term are now open, with the deadline set for March 31, 2021.
GRF organizes in-depth study groups and roundtables; meetings and conferences with distinguished speakers, such as state dignitaries, chairmen and CEOs of multinational corporations, and specialists; and dinners or receptions with senior Turkish officials and world leaders. GRF events are by invitation only.
The GRF Young Academics Program is designed for young academics who are either pursuing or have completed their PhDs within the last three years. Applications for the 2021 term are now open. Deadline for applications has been extended to February 15, 2021.
International Dialogues involve the establishment of issue-based partnerships with organizations and individuals from around the world whose values, objectives and areas of focus coincide with those of GRF.
GRF Task Forces strive to make balanced judgments on matters that involve medium to long-term uncertainty as well as propose clear strategies and policy recommendations for Turkey in light of these judgments.
GRF and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) issued a report on the “Club of Three Plenary Meeting on Turkey and its Neigbours”, organized on December 5, 2014 at Quai D’Orsay, Paris. The meeting was held with the participation of several GRF members as well as men and women of influence in the fields of politics, media, arts and business from the UK, France and Germany. With three sessions, the meeting touched upon various issues of common concern for the UK, France, Germany and Turkey including regional security, investment and growth, as well as migration.
GRF Track-II Studies involve contacts and consultation processes with high-level individuals of another country to carry the official dialogue between the two countries to the level of civil society. The aim is to contribute to foreign policy processes and public diplomacy through in-depth exchanges on issues touching upon bilateral relations.
GRF Roundtable Meeting Series, open to all GRF members, is an institutional instrument, conceived mainly to establish an ongoing exchange between GRF Task Forces and GRF members.
The third policy paper of the GRF Young Academics Program, which was designed to provide a forum for accomplished young academics to discuss and debate long-term policy challenges, was published. The paper entitled “Turkeyʼs Foreign Policy Towards China, Analysis and Recommendations for Improvement” is authored by Dr. Altay Atlı. Please click here to read the paper.
GRF Member Amb. (R) Ümit Pamir’s background paper for the panel on “Migration as a Challenge to Regional Security” at the 9th Regional Conference of the Council of Councils (CoC), held in Berlin on October 30-November 1, 2016...
GRF Member Amb. (R) Bozkurt Aran’s evaluation note entitled "Globalization, European Union And Economic Integration" published by the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) on December 2016.
GRF Vice-Chairman and President Memduh Karakullukçu’s article entitled “EU Energy Policy: Sustained by Fragile Solidarity, Indispensable for Eurasian Security”, originally published in the Center for Complex Operationsʼ journal PRISM, Volume 6, No. 2, "European Security in the 21st Century."
GRF Member, Ambassador (R) Özdem Sanberkʼs article entitled "EUʼs Crisis or the Supranational Governance Utopia" originally published in Turkish, in “Analist”, no.64, June 2016.
GRF Member, Ambassador (R) Ünal Çeviközʼs article entitled "The Referendum Heralds a New Europe" originally published in Turkish, in “Hürriyet”, on June 26, 2016.
Can Turkey and Israel be friends? It is a question that will affect the future of the entire Middle East. For many years they were close allies but in the past four years there has been a downward slide. Although Israelis blame the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for the best part of a decade he kept relations with Israel on a normal working basis. What exacerbated the downturn was the brutality shown by Israeli troops in Gaza in January 2009. Then came a calculated televised humiliation of Turkeyʼs ambassador in Tel Aviv a year ago. Then, to crown it all, on May 31 last year the Israeli Defence Forces attacked a flotilla of vessels carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza - whose cargo had been previously checked by the Turkish authorities - killing nine people on board and wounding many others. This was despite last-minute appeals from Turkey to Israel for moderation.
The fourth policy paper of the GRF Young Academics Program, which was designed to provide a forum for accomplished young academics to discuss and debate long-term policy challenges, was published.
A collection of the memories and little anecdotes of twenty-one retired Ambassador members of GRF, the book can now be viewed at our website.
The fifth policy paper of the GRF Young Academics Program entitled "State Responses to Cyber Operations", which was designed to provide a forum for accomplished young academics to discuss and debate long-term policy challenges, was published.
GRF Member, Permanent Representative (F) of Turkey to the United Nations and to NATO, Ambassador Ümit Pamir’s interview was published in the daily Hürriyet on November 21, 2017
GRF Board Member, İşbank CEO, Mr. Adnan Bali’s assessments on the Turkish Economy and the speculative attacks targeting the TL, published by the newspaper Dünya on August 13, 2018.
The talking points for the meeting of the Task Force on Cooperation in Greater Europe, hosted by GRF on 8-9 April, 2019, can be found below.
As NATO prepares for its 11-12 July summit in Brussels – with NATO-Russia relations high on the agenda – and as a Presidential US-Russia summit is due to take place in Finland later this month, there is an urgent need to inject new thinking into the dialogue over how Russia and NATO could safely co-exist and how Europe’s security could be improved as a result.
Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan, was awarded, by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of France Jean-Yves le Drian, the title of “Officier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur”.
Note: The views expressed here are those of the authors and not necessarily those of GRF as an organization.
In the article, Ambassador (R) Kuneralp provides a historical account of Turkey’s Customs Union initiative with the EU and assesses its potential as an alternative for EU membership.
The Viewpoint article by Ambassador (R) Selim Yenel details the evolution of the Turkey - EU relationship, as well as providing insights into its future.
Ambassador (R) Yenel’s article entitled "It’s Not About Money, It’s About Solidarity - How to Save the Migration Deal" has been published in Friends of Europe’s online journal, ’Europe’s World’.
The article by Ambassador (R) Yenel, entitled "The Effects of COVID-19 and How to Prepare for the Future", has been published in the article series by the Council on Foreign Relations, with the help of its global partners.
Due to our concern surrounding the recent debates on the Istanbul Convention, we at the Global Relations Forum respectfully present a public appeal on this very important issue, penned by our Distinguished Member Feride Acar.
In his article, Ambassador Bozkurt Aran, Director of the TEPAV Center for Multilateral Trade Studies and GRF Member Ambassador Bozkurt Aran examines the implications of the recently-signed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership
Summarizing the political, social and economic developments of 2020 with contributions from our members, our new publication ’GİF Küresel Durum Raporu 2020’ is now online.
It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the passing of our GRF Board of Directors Member and Vice-Chairman, Former Rector of the Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) Prof. Ahmet Acar, and give our condolences to his family and loved ones.
The article, written by Former Permanent Representatives to NATO Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, Ambassador Mehmet Fatih Ceylan and Ambassador Ümit Pamir, discusses how Turkey and NATO can find a way forward on the S-400 issue.