CENTER FOR MIDDLE EASTERN STRATEGIC STUDIES
In Turkey, the shortage of research on the Middle East grew more conspicuous than ever during the early 90’s. Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies (ORSAM) was established in Janu- ary 1, 2009 in order to provide relevant information to the general public and to the foreign policy community. The institute underwent an intensive structuring process, beginning to con- centrate exclusively on Middle Eastern affairs.
Outlook on the Middle Eastern World
It is certain that the Middle East harbors a variety of interconnected problems. However, ne- ither the Middle East nor its people ought to be stigmatized by images with negative connota- tions. Given the strength of their populations, Middle Eastern states possess the potential to activate their inner dynamics in order to begin peaceful mobilizations for development. Respect for people’s willingness to live together, respect for the sovereign right of states and respect for basic human rights and individual freedoms are the prerequisites for assuring peace and tranquility, both domestically and internationally. In this context, Turkey must continue to make constructive contributions to the establishment of regional stability and prosperity in its vicinity.
ORSAM’s Think-Tank Research
ORSAM provides the general public and decision-making organizations with enlightening in- formation about international politics in order to promote a healthier understanding of interna- tional policy issues and to help them to adopt appropriate positions. In order to present effective solutions, ORSAM supports high quality research by intellectuals and researchers that are com- petent in a variety of disciplines. ORSAM’s strong publishing capacity transmits meticulous analyses of regional developments and trends to the relevant parties. With its website, books, reports, and periodicals, ORSAM supports the development of Middle Eastern literature on a national and international scale. ORSAM facilitates the sharing of knowledge and ideas with the Turkish and international communities by inviting statesmen, bureaucrats, academicians, strategists, businessmen, journalists, and NGO representatives to Turkey.
* ORSAM is a member of the The Middle East Studies Association (MESA).