Roundtable on Turkish Foreign Policy with Ambassador Burak Akçapar

Author: CASE
Time: 12:00
Location: CASE 127

Roundtable on Turkish Foreign Policy with Ambassador Burak Akçapar

Director General for Foreign Policy, Analysis and Coordination at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey 

Date: 17 October 2019, Thursday

Time: 12:00 - 13:30

Location: CASE 127

For faculty members and graduate students

Please RSVP until 17:00 on 14 October 2019 to Dr. Ipek Ruacan. Ext: 0834 

Diplomacy Track program cordially invites all interested faculty members and graduate students (masters/ PhD) for a roundtable on Turkish foreign policy with distinguished Ambassador Burak Akçapar, the Director General for Foreign Policy, Analysis and Coordination at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey. 

About: Ambassador Burak Akçapar is the Director General for Foreign Policy, Analysis and Coordination at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey. He is responsible for policy planning, analysis and speechwriting. He is also responsible for coordinating Turkey's international mediation efforts at the UN, OSCE and the OIC. 

Ambassador Akçapar is a career diplomat since 1988. His previous appointments include: Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary of the Republic of Turkey to the Republic of India, also accredited as Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal and the Republic of Maldives (2011-2017); accredited Ambassador to Sri Lanka (2011-2012); Deputy Director General for Political Affairs focusing on South Asia at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs  where his portfolio included Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives (2009-2011). He was simultaneously the Turkish member of the International Contact Group on Afghanistan and the Co-chairman of that body’s Working Group on Regional Cooperation.  He led efforts for the design and negotiation of the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan (Heart of Asia) and concurrently the 2010 Turkey-Brazil-Iran agreement on Iran's nuclear program.

Between 2004-2006, Akçapar was the First Political Counsellor of the Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C; becoming the Deputy Chief of Mission between 2006-2008. From 1997 to 2002, Akçapar was a member of NATO International Staff, Defense Planning and Operations Division and he acted as NATO Secretary-General's Facilitator for promoting regional security and cooperation in the Balkans. In 2002, NATO Secretary General conferred on him the Award for Excellence for his "lasting contributions" to the NATO Alliance. In the decade between 1988 and 1997, he served at the Turkish missions in Qatar (Deputy Chief of Mission, Turkish Embassy in Doha) and Germany (Vice Consul of the Turkish Consulate General in Hamburg); and twice at the International Security and Disarmament department of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ambassador Akçapar has completed a variety of academic degree and executive training programs at a number of colleges and universities in Turkey, Germany and the United States as well as the Turkish Diplomatic Academy.He has completed his Dr.Iur/Ph.D at the University of Hamburg, School of Law II, with High Distinction (magna cum laude). His doctoral dissertation on the international law of disarmament was selected for publication as part of a book series by The Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy.Dr. Akçapar teaches a graduate course at TOBB Economics and Technology University in Ankara on Political Risk Assessment. He also taught a course on international security at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara and lectured extensively in several colleges and universities.

In 2016 Dr. Akçapar gave the annual flagship Azad Memorial Lecture at the Indian Council on Historical Research.

Dr. Akçapar is a published author whose books include:

 ·       People’s Mission: Dr. Ansari and the Indian Medical Mission to the Ottoman Empire, 1912-13 (Oxford University Press, 2014);

·       Turkey's New European Era (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006);

·       The International Law of Conventional Arms Control in Europe (Nomos, 1996).

He is also the author of several book chapters and academic articles and papers on a range of international issues. His latest publications are: 

“Policy Entrepreneurship in International Peace Mediation: A Study of Turkey’s Role at the UN, OSCE and OIC" (New York: Center on International Cooperation, New York University, 2018)

“An Enterprising and Humanitarian Foreign Policy” in B. Belli and F. Nasser eds. “The Road Ahead: The 21st Century World Order in the Eyes of the Policy Planners (2018, Fundaçao Alexandre de Gusmao)”


·       Award for Excellence, NATO, 2002.

·       Doctor of Diplomacy and International Relations Honoris Causa, Rai University, Gujarat, India.