ADF Round

Asia Anew: For a sustained regional growth

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Date: 12 March 2022

Moderator: Yusuf Erim - Journalist and Presenter for TRT World


  • Ahmet Çalık - Board Member, Foreign Economic Relations Board of Türkiye (DEİK)
  • K. Abdul Momen - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
  • Abdulaziz Kamilov - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan
  • Salman Al Farisi - Secretary-General of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)
  • Kairat Sarybay - Executive Director of the Secretariat of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measure in Asia (CICA)
  • Pornchai Danvivathana - Secretary General of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD)
  • Khusrav Noziri – Ambassador, Secretary General of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO)
  • Altay Atlı - Research Associate, Asian Studies Center, Boğaziçi University
  • Tuncer Köklü - Board Member, ATP
  • Mehmet Hamza Tığlay – Member of Board Of Directors at ACT Airlines
  • Bilal Bilici – Advisory Board Member, Bilici Holding
  • Ali Galip İlter - Managing Director, Cronimet Turkey Metal Ticaret A.Ş.

The roundtable hosted by the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Türkiye brought together Foreign Ministers, heads of regional organizations and Turkish businesspeople. Participants underlined the role of effective multilateralism for peace, stability and economic growth of Asia and welcomed the Asia Anew Initiative of Türkiye as a positive contributor to regional cooperation efforts.

Climate change, population growth, unemployment, lack of investment were cited as major challenges in Asia which require joint action. Situation in Afghanistan was also mentioned as a point of serious concern. Food security, connectivity, efficient management of supply chains, dissemination of low-cost technologies, sustainable economic development, vaccine and medical equipment cooperation were underlined as crucial areas needing special attention in the future. Regional organizations and platforms such as CICA, ECO, SCO, IORA, ACD were praised for their role in improving relations among Asian nations.

Recoding Diplomacy

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Date: 12 March 2022


-   Yusuf Erim - Journalist and Presenter for TRT World

-   Doç. Dr. Şener Aktürk - Associate Professor of International Relations, Koç University


  • David John Francis - Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Sierra Leone
  • Engin Soysal – Ambassador, Member of the Foreign Policy Advisory Council, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Türkiye
  • Anayansi Rodriguez Camejo - Ambassador, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba
  • Miroslav Lajčák - EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue and Other Western Balkan Regional Issues
  • Muneera Khalifa Hamad Al Khalifa - Executive Director of Mohammed Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa Academy for Diplomatic Studies, the Kingdom of Bahrein
  • Thomas Greminger - Ambassador, Director of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)
  • Meltem Müftüler Baç - Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Professor of International Relations
  • Lazăr Comănescu - Ambassador, Secretary General of the Permanent International Secretariat (PERMIS) of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC)
  • Richard Outzen - Senior Advisor to Former U.S Special Representative for Syria, Engagement and the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS
  • Jeanene Mitchell - Co-founder and Executıve Director of Restart Initiative
  • Hikmat Hajiyev - Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Head of the Department of Foreign Policy Affairs of the Presidency of the Republic of Azerbaijan
  • Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain
  • David Musabayana - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Zimbabwe
  • René van der Linden - Former President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
  • Hasan Ali Karasar – Rector, Kapadokya University
  • Sergio M. Alcocer - President of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI)
  • Mehmet Akif Kireçci - Dean, Faculty of Political Sciences, Social Sciences University of Ankara
  • Jeffry L. Flake - U.S. Ambassador to Türkiye
  • Ufuk Ulutaş - Chairman, Center for Strategic Research at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Türkiye
  • Mesut Özcan - Director, Diplomacy Academy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Türkiye
  • Nurşin Güney -Nişantaşı University

As the international system enters an era of transformation, humanity needs robust and effective diplomacy to manage this change, resolve tensions, facilitate adaptation to new realities and promote cooperation. We need an all-out effort toward re-evaluation, reaffirmation, restoration, in other words, recoding. The recoding of diplomacy encompasses finding effective ways to harmonize national interests with renewed language and insight, while making extensive use of rapidly changing and innovative digital capabilities. In this roundtable meeting, participants discussed the ways of keeping diplomacy innovative, efficient, relevant and effective.