The 2019 Israel-Turkey Policy Dialogue of the Mitvim Institute

May 2020
Policy Papers and Reports / Israel and the East Mediterranean

In September 2019, the Mitvim Institute held its annual Israel-Turkey policy dialogue, for the eighth consecutive year. The dialogue took place in Istanbul and Ankara, in cooperation with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, and was participated by Dr. Nimrod Goren, Dr. Moran Zaga and Gabriel Mitchell of the Mitvim Institute. The policy dialogue included a series of meetings and discussions, with Turkish scholars, journalists, former diplomats, and a member of parliament. It focused on the nature of Israel-Turkey relations and potential for diplomatic ties to be resumed. The meetings took place after the Istanbul municipal elections and Israel’s national elections, so the meetings also review the domestic conditions in both countries. The policy dialogue enabled experts from both countries to exchange views on regional developments, to identify opportunities for improving bilateral relations, and to discuss possible cooperation between Israeli and Turkish researchers and policy analysts.

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