The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed countries across the world to close borders in an effort to limit transmission and protect themselves, putting globalization, economies and the free movement of people and goods under threat. Countries around the world are responding swiftly to the public health crisis and providing relief for their economies, including in the United States, which recently passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus, which has helped stabilize global markets. Meanwhile, in the EU, the pandemic represents an existential threat and member states devastated by the virus accuse the bloc of a lack of solidarity. Turkey has called for international cooperation on the need for a coordinated response from G20 countries and NATO.

Through a webinar co-hosted by the Atlantic Council IN TURKEY and the Turkish Heritage Organization, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu will discuss the latest developments on Turkey’s response to COVID-19 and the necessary measures the international community needs to take for a secure and prosperous future as well as regional geopolitical developments.

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Apr 14, 2020

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Çavuşoğlu cautioned that it is very possible that the pandemic ushers in a “world that is less open, less prosperous, and less free,” but he hoped that effective global leadership would allow the international community to grow stronger. The need for solidarity might even “force us into more multilateralism,” as governments pursue common solutions to the crisis. While many leaders continue to be singularly focused on the situations within their own borders, “we can only eradicate this threat through collective effort,” Çavuşoğlu said. “We must work together.”

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Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu was born on 5 February 1968 in Alanya, Turkey. Mr. Çavuşoğlu received his Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Ankara University in 1988 and completed his Master’s Degree in Economics at Long Island University in New York in 1991. He also completed the Expertise Programme on European Union in European Research Center at Ankara University in 1993. He started a PhD Degree in International Relations at Bilkent University as a special student in 1993 and carried out research at the London School of Economics (LSE) between 1993 and 1995 with the Jean Monnet Fellowship. Mr. Çavuşoğlu is a founding member of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party). He was elected as Member of Parliament from Antalya for the 22nd, 23rd and 24th Parliamentary Terms. He was the Vice Chairman of the AK Party in charge of Foreign Affairs from January to December 2013. He was the Chairman of Turkey-USA and Turkey-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Caucuses. Between 2003-2014, at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), he served as Vice President, Chairman of Turkish Delegation, Chairman of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population, Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Migration, Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Tourism Development, Member of Monitoring Committee, Committee on Economic Affairs and Development, Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy. He was also the 2nd Vice Chairman and Chief Whip of European Democrat Group (EDG). He was elected as the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) during 2010-2012 and is the first Turkish parliamentarian to hold this office. He was granted the title of Honorary President of the PACE in 2014. He was the PACE representative at the Venice Commission from 27 January 2012 to 31 January 2014. Moreover, he served as the Chairman of the Turkish Delegation to the European Security and Defence Assembly (Assembly of Western European Union) between 2007 and 2010. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu served as Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator of the Republic of Turkey between 26 December 2013 and 29 August 2014. He served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the 62th Government of the Republic of Turkey between 29 August 2014 and 30 August 2015. He was reappointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the 64th and 65th Government of the Republic of Turkey. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu was appointed as the first Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Presidential System of Government on July 9th, 2018. He speaks English, German and Japanese. He is married and has one child.


Welcoming remarks by

Frederick Kempe
President and CEO
Atlantic Council

A conversation with

H.E. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Republic of Turkey

Moderated by

Defne Sadıklar Arslan
Director, Atlantic Council IN TURKEY
Atlantic Council

Ali Çınar
Turkish Heritage Organization

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