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Seen as the gateway between East and West, Turkey has occupied a key place in global geopolitics since its foundation in the aftermath of the First World War. Straddling Asia and Europe, the Middle East and the Balkans, with borders touching several former Soviet Republics and a stockpile of American nuclear weapons on its soil, it is a pivotal player on the world stage. When those foreign policy elements are coupled with the intricacies of its domestic political culture, Turkey is well worth discussing! Events of the last few years have made such discussions increasingly pressing. Whether it was the failed coup attempt, the country's role Syria, or the killing of Jamal Khashoggi in a Saudi consulate on its soil, Turkey’s relevance is as great as ever. Join us and hear what the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey has to say!
HE AMBASSADOR UMIT YALCIN
Since 1 October 2018, Ambassador Yalçin has been serving as the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Ambassador Yalçin joined the foreign service in 1989. He served in the Turkish Consulate General in Rotterdam and in the Turkish Embassies in Baghdad and Moscow. He was Consul General at the Turkish Consulate General in Plovdiv from 2005 to 2009 and Consul General at the Turkish Consulate General in Dubai from 2009 to 2012. He also served in different political departments in the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He was promoted to the rank of Ambassador in 2012 and served as Ambassador of Turkey to Kuwait. Ambassador Yalçin held the positions of Director General for Bilateral Political Affairs and Deputy Undersecretary for Bilateral Political Affairsat the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His portfolio covered North Africa & Middle East and Asia-Pacific. He was appointed as Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in October 2016. He held this role until August 2018.