Professor of International Relations at Middle East Technical University in Ankara; TV and Radio Commentator in Turkey and а columnist for The New Anatolian.
Also a member of IISS in London and Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels, Belgium; Deputy Director of Foreign Policy Institute in Ankara.
Previous positions: Guest researcher at the German Society for Foreign Affairs, Bonn; Senior Fellow at the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI), Bonn, the Austrian National Defence Academy in Vienna under the Ministry of Defense, Vienna; visiting Professor in Bonn University and Rome, La Sapienza University (2007) and in Lublin University, Poland (2008).
Author of several books and large number of articles on Turkish foreign policy and Turkish-German relations.
Participant of Annual Meetings: 2009, 2011.
The Turkish-Russian relations experienced a very dramatic, positive change in the last ten years, going up to a very high level of trade, tourism and even political relations. The main problem at the moment is Turkey-Syria relations and the recent bringing down of the Syrian plane and that Russia was accused of sending weapons to Syria. Turkish decision to deploy Patriot missile systems was something Russia was not happy with.
Huseyin Bagci, Vice-Chairman, Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, took part in the eighth annual conference of the Valdai International Discussion Club. The theme of the conference was “The 2011-2012 Elections and the Future of Russia: Development Scenarios for the Next 5-8 Years.”
The forthcoming visit of President Medvedev to Ankara is being expected with a great sense of anticipation and respect. There has never been a time in the past 150 years when the image of Russia was as positive in Turkey as it is now, as public surveys indicate.
Turkish-Armenian relations entered a new stage last October. The main question now is how far these two countries can go hand in hand under Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davudoglu’s foreign policy principle of “zero problems with the neighboring countries.”