The Director General of SESRIC Addressed the International Forum on 'Politics and New Paradigms in the 21st Century'
Date: 04-05 November 2022
Venue: Istanbul - Türkiye

H.E. Mr. Nebil DABUR, the Director General of SESRIC, addressed the international forum on “Politics and New Paradigms in the 21st Century” at the main  panel titled “Crises of the 21st Century and the Future of Politics”, which was moderated by the Deputy Chairman of the Justice and Development Party of Türkiye Prof. Numan Kurtulmuş. Mr. Dabur’s address focused on the current and future potentials and challenges facing the Islamic world as represented by the 57 countries that comprise the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, “the OIC”. He highlighted the unique assets that the OIC block has in achieving development and the wellbeing of its people and in assuming an influential role in shaping global politics such as: youth population, energy and natural resources, and strategic geographical location. Mr. Dabur pointed out that despite its huge potential, the OIC block has not translated this potential into the desired levels of development and effective role at the international arena. He explained that according to SESRIC analysis multiple causes have contributed to this situation, but, among those causes the conflict and security landscape stands as the main obstacle preventing the OIC block from achieving its potential.

Mr. DABUR mentioned that the number of conflicts in OIC countries is showing an upward trend and currently the majority of conflicts in the world are taking place in OIC countries with devastating consequences on human life, society and the economy. He underlined that to meet the challenge of achieving peace and security, the OIC block needs to focus on conflict preventive diplomacy by identifying and eliminating the root causes, thus transform a system that encourages conflict to a system the promotes peace, security, human rights and inclusive development. In this context, Mr. Dabur summarised the efforts of SESRIC in supporting this mission through: conducting research focused on the changes in the OIC security environment and the resulting new challenges, mostly related to preventing, managing and resolving conflicts; strengthening the mediation capacity of the OIC by developing a Mediators Guideline Focusing on Culturally Sensitive Mediation Approaches; and training hundreds of junior diplomats from the OIC block in areas of interest to the OIC diplomatic community such as mediation, conflict resolution and humanitarian diplomacy.

Mr. DABUR concluded his address by expressing his deep admiration for Türkiye under the visionary leadership of His Excellency, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for establishing a new approach in politics and diplomacy that is rooted in morality, justice and human values. With this new approach, he underscored that, Türkiye has been spearheading the challenge to the unjust international order; has become a leader in promoting harmony and enhancing greater understanding among diverse world civilizations;  has risen to the ranks of a major peacemaker mediating in hot spots all around the world bringing peace to where there is conflict; and has emerged as a major international humanitarian aid donor. Mr. Dabur pointed out that Türkiye under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gives the people of this region and the entire world a glimmer of hope and a promise of salvation.

Sponsored by the Justice and Development Party of Türkiye, the international forum on “Politics and New Paradigms in the 21st Century” attracted  attendees from all over the world with the objective of contributing to the understanding of contemporary politics, increasing our ability to foresee the future and developing new theories and strategies.