As part of its overall framework for the rational study and research of the international relations of Arab countries and the regional geostrategic and geopolitical actors with which they interact, the ACRPS organized an academic conference from the 18th to the 19th May, 2011 under the title: The Arabs and Turkey: Challenges of the Present and the Outlook for the Future in Doha, in which a select group of researchers and scholars concerned with Arab-Turkish relations participated.
In light of a growing role for Turkey in the region, the conference aimed to illuminate the nature of Arab-Turkish relations and the factors which drive this relationship. The meeting also sought to try to predict the future development of relations between both sides of the Arab-Turkish coin, and to point out areas in which they may have complementary interests.
The opening session was chaired by the ACRPS General Director, Dr. Azmi Bishara, and was followed by sessions in which Arab researchers focused on the following themes:
The first day ended with a fourth session focused on the theme of economic relations and trade exchange between Turkey and the Arab states, providing for an academic survey of Turkish-Arab economic relations, in addition to a study of the extant free trade zones between the two sides.
The second day of the Conference was brought to a close with meetings on a variety of topics including:
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