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Ahmet Davutoglu has been Turkey's foreign minister since May 2009, since 2002 he has been foreign policy advisor of the AKP government. Davutoglu, dubbed "the Turkish Kissinger" by former US ambassador Mark Parris, is widely credited with having provided the intellectual framework for Turkey's foreign policy under the current Justice and Development Party (AKP) government. Born in the conservative Anatolian city of Konya, Davutoglu graduated from a German international school in Istanbul and obtained a PhD from Bogazici University. He then went on to teach political science at the International Islamic University in Malaysia, before returning to chair the International Relations department at Beykent University.

In 2001, Davutoglu authored "Strategic Depth" arguing in favour of a renewed relationship between Turkey and its near-abroad. This strategy was labeled later "zero problems with the neighbours". Since in office, Davutoglu met several times with his Armenian counterpart and signed the bilateral protocols on 10 October 2009 in Zurich.

Homepage of Turkey's MFA: www.mfa.gov.tr/ahmet-davutoglu.en.mfa

Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Balgat / Ankara / Turkey 06100
Tel: (+90 312) 292 10 00

August 2010

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