26th NERPS Webinar: TÜRKİYE: West of Asia – East of Europe

November 27, 2023 (Monday, 16:30-17:30 JST)

About the Webinar

Türkiye occupies a unique geographical location. Throughout history, its territory has served as a crossroads for numerous civilizations and cultures. Additionally, Türkiye has direct connections and easy access from and to various territories, and it is a country that bridges Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and the Black Sea. Owing to these characteristics, Türkiye is rich in diverse cultures and historical significance. Understanding contemporary Türkiye requires an appreciation of all these aspects. Türkiye’s current foreign policies, economic strategies, and social and cultural frameworks are deeply rooted in its history and shed light to its future. Türkiye is situated in the West end of Asia, while Japan lies in the East end of the continent. Despite the geographical distance, there has been a longstanding solidarity between the Turkish and Japanese people over the past two centuries. A recent demonstration of this solidarity was evident following the devastating earthquakes in Türkiye this February. The Japanese people and Government offered unwavering support to international rescue and recovery efforts. The relationship between Türkiye and Japan extends over many domains, and preserving and further strengthening and solidifying these ties is a mutual primary goal.

About the Speaker

Ambassador Korkut Güngen was born in Istanbul on 17 March 1968. He entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Türkiye in 1989. He worked in various departments responsible for Eastern Europe, Cyprus, NATO, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), disarmament and arms control, South Asia, European Union, United Nations and other international organizations, and human rights as well as humanitarian assistance. He also served in Turkish Embassies in Nicosia and Vilnius as well as in Western European Union, European Union and OSCE Delegations. He was the Turkish Ambassador in Quito/Ecuador. He is the Turkish Ambassador in Tokyo since 15 March 2021. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations at the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Ankara, and MSc in History at the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. He also holds a diploma from NATO Defence College (Rome).

About the NERPS Webinar Series

The Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS) at Hiroshima University in Japan is hosting a series of webinars on the relationship between peace and sustainability in the context of environmental, socio-political, economic, and technological transformations. This series is situated within the urgent need to deal with the implications of global change, including the COVID-19 pandemic, for peace and sustainability. The webinar sessions serve as a platform for rethinking and updating the current discourse on peace and sustainability amidst these global challenges and transformations. Leading experts will discuss the role of resources, digital technologies, migration, governance, and education in peacebuilding, conflict mitigation, humanitarian aid, and capacity-building, among other components that contribute to the achievement of the Sustainability Development Goals, particularly that of Goal 16 on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. Check out our previous webinars here.