The Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) hosted an In-House Meeting with a 6-member media delegation from Turkey on October 29, 2018. The delegation included: Mr. Birol Tekince, Coordinator, Turkish Defense Review; Mr. Mustafa Kaya, MD, Ulusal Kanal (TV); Ms. Nur Ozkan Erbay, Ankara Bureau Chief, Daily Sabah; Mr. Emre Kizilkaya, Managing Editor, Hurriyet Daily News; Mr. Aslan Balci, Member Management Board, Think Tank South Asia Strategic Research Center (GASAM); and Mr. Mustafa Kinkcioglu, Politics Editor, Daily Sabah. The meeting was attended by Mr. Najam Rafique, Director Research; Fatima Raza, Research Associate and Taimur Khan, Research Associate and Media Officer.
Welcoming the guests, Mr. Najam Rafique said that the global political atmosphere is changing rapidly and various regions around the world are in a flux as a consequence. The old world order is breaking down as uni-polarity is gradually fading and multilateralism is gaining prominence. We see China rapidly becoming an economic and military giant, India is moving into a new strategic partnership with the US, Russia is resurgent, regions in East, South and West Asia including the Middle East are rife with perpetual conflict where the conflict in Syria and Yemen has turned into a humanitarian disaster, Europe is in the throes of issues concerning the Union, rising nationalism and the problems of immigrants, while the whole world is trying to understand the nature and direction of the Trump phenomenon in the US.