I had the honour to officially participate in the inaugural meeting of Antalya Diplomacy Forum organized by Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under the auspices of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. This high-level event that took place on 18-20 June brought professionals dealing with diplomacy together such as political leaders, diplomats, opinion makers and academics, providing a platform to exchange ideas and addressing international challenges. Participants included 11 heads of state and government, 45 foreign ministers, and several ministers, business leaders and academics, who came to Antalya for two leaders’ sessions, 15 panels, and 25 side events, including the ADF Talks, as well two youth forums where more than 200 university students have taken part. This year’s event’s motto was “Innovative Diplomacy: New Era, New Approaches”.
In addition to the sessions I have attended in audience, I have taken part actively as a discussant in the roundtable “From Theory to Practice: Innovative Ways for a more Effective Diplomacy” where a number of academics discussed ways of improving linkages between the scholarly inquiry of international realtions and policy making.
Turkey intends to establish the Antalya Diplomacy Forum as a global event like the World Economic Forum or the Munich Security Conference, and the success of the inaugural event, which has taken place despite the limitations imposed by the ongoing pandemic (a total of 8 thousands PCR tests were done on participants during the three days of the forum), has been an important fist step towards this objective.