Ahmet Davutoğlu

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Ahmet Davutoğlu
Ahmet Davutoğlu (cropped).jpg
50th Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Turkey
Assumed office
1 May 2009
President Abdullah Gül
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Preceded by Ali Babacan
Personal details
Born (1959-02-26) 26 February 1959 (age 55)
Taşkent, Konya, Turkey
Political party Justice and Development Party
Spouse(s) Sare Davutoğlu (m. 1984)
Children Sefure, Meymune, Mehmet, Hacer Bike
Alma mater Boğaziçi University
Religion Sunni Islam

Ahmet Davutoğlu (Turkish pronunciation: [ahˈmet ˈdavutoːɫu]; born 26 February 1959) is a Turkish diplomat who has been the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey since 2009. He is also a political scientist, an academic, and an ambassador at large. He also served for a time as chief advisor to the Prime Minister.

Life and career[edit]

Ahmet Davutoğlu was born in Taşkent, Konya Province, Turkey. He graduated from İstanbul Erkek Lisesi, which is a Deutsche Auslandsschule (German International school) and studied at the Department of Economics and Political Science of the Boğaziçi University, İstanbul. He holds a Master's degree in Public Administration and a PhD degree in Political Science and International Relations from Boğaziçi University. Between 1993 and 1999 he worked at Marmara University and became a full professor in 1999. He was the chairman of the Department of International Relations at Beykent University in Istanbul, Turkey.

He is a father of four children; his wife is a medical doctor.

Davutoğlu was granted a title of ambassador in 2003 by the joint decision of President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Prime Minister Abdullah Gül.[1]

His publications include Alternative Paradigms: The Impact of Islamic and Western Weltanschauungs on Political Theory, The Civilizational Transformation and The Muslim World in English, Stratejik Derinlik (Strategic Depth), and Küresel Bunalım (The Global Crisis) in Turkish. Especially his book Strategic Depth is a very influential book in Turkey's foreign policy orientation. He is very influential in the military, academic, and government triangle shaping Turkish foreign policy.[2]

Davutoğlu was one of the leading actors on behalf of the Turkish government during the shuttle diplomacy for the settlement of 2008 Israel–Gaza conflict. He was appointed as the Foreign Minister of Turkey on 1 May 2009. He has since called for Turkey to become more than just a regional power within Europe and the Middle East and expressed a desire for Ankara to have a far more influential role in world politics.[3] Davutoğlu is generally linked to the notion of Turkish neo-Ottomanism, which favours a commonwealth with its neighbours and old Ottoman connections.[4] Although his foreign policies have been regarded as neo-Ottomanist by Western and especially U.S. media, Davutoğlu does not accept such a characterization. He stated in an interview with Turkish daily Sabah that "as much as we don't use this conceptualization, the fact that it is being used against us is either because of misunderstanding or lack of goodwill." He argued against the idea that Turkey is trying to establish a neo-Ottoman imperial order: "I have said that Turkey as a nation-state is equal with any other nation-state of our region whether it is small in population or area. We don't have any hegemony on anyone. Rather what we are trying to do is to contribute to the establishment of a permanent peace in our region. If by order they mean is Pax Ottomana, Pax in the meaning of order, we are trying to establish a order, it is not wrong to say such thing."[5]

He was listed in Foreign Policy magazine as one of the "Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2010" for "being the brains behind Turkey's global reawakening."[6] In an interview, he talked about his "Zero Problems Policy" and said that "it is possible to have zero problems if the other actors respect our values. It doesn't mean that we will be silent in order to have good relations with all parties."[7] In 2011's Foreign Policy magazine's list of "Top 100 Global Thinkers" he was listed together with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for "imagining a new role for Turkey in the world- and making it happen./'[8]

Selected works[edit]

  • Alternative Paradigms: The Impact of Islamic and Western Weltanschauungs on Political Theory. University Press of America, 1993
  • Civilizational Transformation and the Muslim World. Quill, 1994
  • Stratejik derinlik: Türkiye'nin uluslararası konumu. Küre Yayınları, 2001
  • Osmanlı Medeniyeti: Siyaset İktisat Sanat. Klasik, 2005
  • Küresel Bunalım. Küre, 2002.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ T.C Resmî Gazete, 18 January 2008, Ankara, http://rega.basbakanlik.gov.tr/eskiler/2003/01/20030118.htm#13
  2. ^ Biyografi Net, http://www.biyografi.net/kisiayrinti.asp?kisiid=2063
  3. ^ Turkey FM Davutoglu embraces mediation role , (in English), bbc.co.uk, 31 Dec 2009
  4. ^ Simsek, Ayhan. "The changes and challenges of Turkey's foreign policy". Archived from the original on 12 November 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Batur, Nur. "New Ottomans is not a goodwilled description". Sabah Newspaper. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers 7. Ahmet Davutoglu". Foreign Policy. Archived from the original on 12 December 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  7. ^ Hounshell, Blake. "Mr. 'Zero Problems'". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "16 Ahmet Davutoglu, Recep Tayyip Erdogan". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ali Babacan
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey
May 1, 2009 – present
Succeeded by