4th Foreign Policy and Security Winter School, 11-15 March 2020, Istanbul/Turkey

Turkey is located at very critical geography. On one hand it is a NATO member and strategic partner of the USA. On the other hand, it is located in the neighborhood of the regional powers like Iran and Russia which both of them play extremely important role at the contemporary world politics. Furthermore, Turkey has border with the Middle Eastern countries in which there is a continuous civil war and turmoil. Being located in such critical geography, Turkey should develop effective foreign policy which not only can prevent Turkey from potential security threats but also can bring peace and security to the whole region.

The Foreign Policy Winter School is organized by the Wise Men Center for Strategic Studies (BILGESAM) - one of the leading think tanks of Turkey. BILGESAM is a private, non-profit research center that cooperates with well known international research centers and institutions. The Winter School will include all aspects of Turkish Foreign Policy, main actors of policy-making processes, institutes and Turkey’s relations with regional and global powers. Regional security topics such as Turkey’s role on the Middle Eastern security, Black Sea security, security of the South Caucasia, are also in the agenda. Furthermore, courses on regional energy security issues and Turkey’s energy policies also will be covered by professional experts.


With the successful completion of the BILGESAM Foreign Policy Winter School you will:

  • get deep understanding on contemporary Turkish Foreign Policy;
  • become familiar with key trends at the Middle East, the Black Sea  and the South Caucasian regions;
  • become familiar with Turkey’s policies and strategies on regional and global conflicts and crisis;
  • get deep understanding on current energy projects at the region and their global influence.

The courses during the winter school will be taught by professional experts both from Turkey and abroad such as university lecturers, high-ranking think thank research fellows, and Turkish and international diplomats.


Bilgesam Winter School is aimed at bachelor, master and PhD degree students from Turkey and throughout the world. Professionals and non-professionals, who are interested in Turkish Foreign Politicy and Security Issues in wider region with a particular focus on issues mentioned above, can also apply.

The main criteria for selection will be motivation to be developed as an expert on foreign policy issues. Within the framework of the 4-day program, participants will be briefed on matters related to fundamental issues of the Turkish Foreign Policy and Turkey's bilateral relations with the global and regional powers.

After successful completion of the Winter school participants will receive certificate of completion.


  • General frame of Turkish Foreign Policy at the post-Cold War environment
  • Security Issues in the Turkish Foreign Policy Agenda
  • Turkey’s Middle East Policy
  • Turkey and Security of the Wider Black Sea region
  • Turkish-Russian political, economic and military relations
  • Turkey-Iran Relations
  • Turkey-NATO Relations
  • Turkey-EU Relations
  • Turkey’s South Caucasus (Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia) policies
  • Turkey’s Energy Policy and European Energy Security

The official language of the Winter School is English.

Participation Fee and Price:

The participation fee for the winter school amounts to
235 Euro / 260 USD  (without accomodation) and to
415 Euro / 445 USD  (4 day accomodation and breakfast included; social activities, excursion to historical places in Istanbul and out of Istanbul)
The fee covers all winter school materials.
Participants are to make their own travel arrangements.

Location and Date:

The winter school will be held in Istanbul, Turkey between 11-15 March 2020 (4 days full time).

Registration and Deadline:

Applicants should send us the following documents in English:

- resume/CV; - one photo

You can register for the Foreign Policy Winter School via email

The deadline for registration for the Winter School is Friday 20 January 2020.

Please note that the participation fee is due by February 01, 2020. Participation in the Foreign Policy Winter School is only possible after confirmation of payment. Please note that we can reimburse only %50 of the participation fee, if you cancel after February 01, 2020.

Accommodation can be either arranged by us or by the participants themselves. Please indicate in the email if you wish us to arrange accommodation or if you prefer to take care of accommodation yourself.

Insurances and Visa:

The Winter School is unfortunately not able to provide health, accident and liability insurance. It is the responsibility of the participants to take care of health, accident and liability insurance coverage.

Please indicate in the application form if you need an official letter from the Wise Men Center for Strategic Studies (BILGESAM) confirming your admission to the Foreign Policy Winter School in order to apply for a visa. The letter will be sent with the admission notification. Please also note that all visa procedures remain in the responsibility of the participants and must be taken care of in due time.

More details, including the application form is available at:


Please do not hesitate to contact us. For any additional information you may need, please contact Mr. Elnur Ismayil via Any financial matters should be also addressed to