Understanding foreign policy of Korea

Korea is providing a lot of opportunities to social science researchers and analysts with various programs. Recently an influential workshop, titled “Korea Workshop for Foreign Residents in Korea” was held last month through the collaboration of the Korea Foundation and East Asia Institute. 

Korea-Turkey Relations

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid an official visit to Korea to boost bilateral relations on May 2.

During a summit meeting with President Moon Jae-in, both sides underlined the importance of a better relationship as “blood brothers.” Turkey is accepted as a blood brother by Korea because of the unforgettable efforts of Turkish soldiers to protect women and children as well as to sacrifice numerous young soldiers for peace during the 1950-53 Korean War.

Soft Revolution in Armenia

Armenia became a scene of a peaceful revolution on April 23. Serzh Sargsyan, the Prime Minister of the country, was forced to resign by people.

Armenia, a close ally of Russia, was ruled by Serzh Sargsyan for ten years. His political choices included a balanced format between the Western countries and Moscow. As a person from the Nagorno-Karabakh region, disputed between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Sargsyan has been an important figure in the Armenian politics. From the early 1990s, he participated in the invasion process of Nagorno-Karabakh, an Azerbaijani territory, and became a high-rank military officer. His political activities were reinforced after becoming defense minister in Armenia. 

Bir Türk-Kore İlişkileri Romanı: Pusula Kore’yi Gösterdi

Türk edebiyatında Türk-Kore ilişkilerinin bugününü konu alan ilk romanımız ‘Pusula Kore’yi Gösterdi’ çıktı!

Yazar: Mehmet Fatih Öztarsu

Yayın: Çalıkuşu Kitap

Konusu: Gazetecilik öğrencisi Ertuğrul, üniversitede açılan sözlü tarih yarışmasına katılarak hayatını değiştirecek olaylar silsilesine adımını atar. Kore gazisi olan dedesi ile yaptığı ropörtajda dinlediği ilginç hikayenin ona tarihi bir misyon yüklediğine inanır.

Dedesinin savaş döneminde kan kardeşi olduğu Koreli Doktor Bumin ve kız kardeşi Yunju ile olan sarsıcı geçmişi ve yıllar içinde izlerini kaybetmesi Ertuğrul’u inanılmaz bir yolculuğa sürükler. Dedesinin saklı geçmişinde yarım kalan parçaları tamamlamak amacıyla Doktor Bumin’i aramak için Kore yollarına düşen Ertuğrul’un, ülkeye adımını atar atmaz başından geçen inanılmaz olaylar nedeniyle çok farklı insanlarla yolları kesişir.

Roman, Kore Savaşı’yla güçlenen Türk – Kore ilişkilerinde ihmal edilen yönlerin ele alındığı ve Korelilerin Türkiye sevgisinin yansıtıldığı bir temaya sahiptir.

Trilateral Partnership and Self-Isolation Shape the Geopolitics of the Caucasus

The opening ceremony of Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway (BTK), which was held on October 30 in Baku, has paved the way for the completion of the historical project for Eurasia in the South Caucasus region. The leaders of Azerbaijan and Turkey and the prime ministers of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Georgia, as well as delegates from Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, attended the ceremony. Therefore, the project is also called “Iron Silk Road”.

Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway links Asia and Europe

The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) Railway was opened Oct. 30 in a ceremony in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The presidents of Azerbaijan and Turkey and the prime ministers of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Georgia, as well as delegates from Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, attended the ceremony. This inauguration was described as a historical event because of the importance of the project’s mission ― the BTK Railway is called the “Iron Silk Road” in the region.

Azerbaijan should be careful for new provocations

Militarization of Armenia is not a new development since it became a vital agenda for the country from the independence, said Mehmet Fatih Oztarsu, analyst at the Turkish Strategic Outlook analytical center.

Oztarsu made the remark as he commented on news that the Armenian side has approved the deal with Russia on weapons supply to Armenia through a $200 million deal. The Armenian government approved the first $100 million loan package, which will be extended to Armenia for 20 years.

Georgia to start new projects with Korea

Georgia, which is located at the heart of the Caucasus region, has a great willingness to improve relations with South Korea. The country’s newly appointed Ambassador Otar Berdzenishvili has shared his significant projects for the bilateral relations with journalists during a press meeting in early May.

Korea’s Springboard: Smart City Concept

Journalists Association of Korea (JAK) organized a media forum, named World Journalists Conference to promote world peace in early April and provided good opportunities to show Korean economic and urban progress to the world journalists.

Government establishes new cities in the empty areas of the country and gets benefits economically as well as inviting foreign investors. So, the Korean governors follow the concept of Smart City.

Korea-peaceful power in East Asia

One hundred journalists from 55 countries discussed the role of media in building peace, at the five-day 2017 World Journalists Conference which was organized by Journalists Association of Korea in early April. The program included significant topics to discuss especially on conflict resolution and the role of media. The program started in Seoul and continued in other cities such as Suwon, Busan, Incheon. It was a valuable step of South Korea which will host Pyeongchang Winter Olympics next year, with the theme of peace against conflict.

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