Institute for Diplomacy and Economy (INSTITUDE) is a platform established by a group of former Turkish diplomats. After serving at various posts in different parts of the world, we were dismissed from public service within the scope of the massive purges against the opponents of Erdogan regime in the aftermath of the coup attempt in July 2016.
Deeply concerned by Turkey’s continuing descent into autocracy and motivated by the persecution and most recently the torture that our colleagues were subjected to in Turkey, INSTITUDE aims to contribute to the efforts in ending grave human rights violations and restoring democracy in Turkey.
INSTITUDE members are also worried about Turkey’s divergence from its historical western alliance to the extent of questioning its NATO membership. We firmly believe that embracing democratic norms and values, along with restoring the rule of law, is the only way to achieve a peaceful and stable Turkey. To this end, the accession process with the EU must immediately be reinvigorated by genuinely ensuring freedom of the press and the independence of the judiciary.
In this regard, INSTITUDE aims to feature deep analyses and commentaries on foreign policy, economy and the situation of human rights in Turkey. Articles of our members within their broad areas of expertise on world politics, economy and law will also be shared with our readers.