In the Academy, the academicians with high reputation in their field, the members of non-governmental organizations and the journalists of foreign policy gave speeches with significant importance based on the courses of “Theories of Political Order in Islam and its Characteristics”, “Evolving Balances in the Middle East and Turkey”, “Home Grown Islamophobia” and “Turkish-Arab Relations”.
For 5 weeks, MOIC delivered courses on above stated subjects to 120 undergraduate and graduate students from OIC countries, 87 of which are international studying in İstanbul.
During the seminars, critical issues related to international relations, mainly the root of the relation between the Turkish and the Arabs, and the historical development of the process were discussed. In addition, the balances in the Middle East and the facts from history were examined.
The last lecture of the Academy was given on the topic of Turkish-Arab relations by Prof. Dr. Ahmet Uysal attending from Marmara University, the Head of Institution of Middle Eastern Studies.
Prof. Uysal giving a speech on the historial development of Turkish-Arab relations, mainly focused on the interaction between the nations since the existence of Ottoman Empire. Stating that Turkish-Arab relations have a thousand-year root, Uysal said: “If there was no welcome to Ottomans from Arabs, the expansion of the empire would not be that easy.”
In the seminar, the position and the facts of the Middle East in today’s world and the Arab springs against the coups were also discussed. Recently, the Middle East is mostly supported by Turkey because Turkey experienced the similar past, Prof. Uysal expressed. According to him and to Arab world, Turkey neglected the Middle East after the Turkish Republic’s establishment but the relations have become hot again after 2002 with AK Party’s Middle East policies in terms of revitalizing the historical brotherhood which has again arisen during Özal’s period, both with growing economic relations based on the trade agreements, investments, oil and gas purchasing; and the political relations based mainly on the support of Palestine’s independance, in addition to the support for Egypt after the coup and currently hosting Syrian refugees more than any country else involved in this process.
The participants, confirming the fact that Turkey has a high impression on the Middle Eastern world in the sessions, expressed their pleasure to attend International Model OIC (IMOIC) – Foreign Policy Academy 2014. At the end of the project, the successful students from simulation session will be selected to participate to International Model of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (4th IMOIC).
Furthermore, the participants attending the lectures regularly will be awarded with the “Certificate of Participation.”