Turkey's Turn? April 10-11, 2014 The Fletcher School

Esra Deniz Bozkir, MALD 2014, Turkey

Ezra Deniz Bozkir, MALD '14

Why Turkey, why now?

There are several factors for Turkey’s re-emergence on the world’s stage. As the country shied away from violent conflict with its neighbors – a fact that has not often been the case throughout history in the Middle East – a new stability emerged. The Turkish economy flourished in this stable environment, and Turkish businesses found a way to expand globally, gaining a worldwide reputation. Lastly, in the past decade, Turkey began promoting foreign direct investment. Significant investment in infrastructure took root. All of these developments worked together to foster a vibrant ecosystem, making Turkey an attractive place.

What is your perception of Turkey’s growth in advance of the upcoming 100-year anniversary?

Turkey’s growth cannot be limited by its ability to modernize physical infrastructure or attract more foreign investment, but should call upon improvements in other areas as well. Growth in domestic production, sectoral reforms and innovations and development of human capital are just a few of the necessary keys to continued growth. The vision for 2023 looks to build a prosperous Turkey which stands firmly in the international arena and the only way to achieve this, I believe, is to bring all of these disciplines together into a unified vision.

How will you deploy your Fletcher education when you return to Turkey?

One of the unique facets of Fletcher is the multi-disciplinary education you receive, surrounded by peers from the diverse worlds of government, business, multilaterals and NGOs. We are all steeped in the “contextual intelligence” necessary to be successful in careers in international relations, development as well as business. My course work and experiences in negotiations, finance, policy analysis will pay real dividends when I return to Turkey to to make a positive and responsible contribution to the sustainable development of the country. My main focus at Fletcher has been international energy policy and economic development and I am particularly interested in creating sustainable and innovative solutions to meet the energy demands in emerging economies, especially in Turkey. Meeting energy demands will be vital to Turkey’s continued economic growth, a challenge made all the more complex by the country’s reliance on foreign sources in an often-unstable geopolitical neighborhood. This will require collaboration and multi-dimensional thinking in order for the challenge to be met – the very type of thinking that embodies the Fletcher spirit.


  • English
  • Turkish
  • German

Fields of Study

  • Development Economics
  • International Environment and Resource Policy
  • International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Fletcher Green
  • Fletcher Energy Consortium
  • Tufts Energy Conference
  • Harvard Law and International Development Society

Education before Fletcher

  • BSc. in Environment Engineering - Istanbul Technical University - Turkey
  • MSc. in Environmental Sciences - University of Cologne - Germany

Experience before Fletcher

  • International Human Dimensions Program on Global Environmental Change - Program and Research Assistant - Bonn, Germany
  • UN Water Decade Program on Capacity Development - Research Assistant - Bonn, Germany
  • UNESCO - IHE Institute for Water Education - Visiting Scholar - Delft, Netherlands

Why Turkey Now?

Dean James Stavridis

"The key question is not whether Turkey will play a global role, but rather what is the Turkish role globally."

Admiral James Stavridis, USN
Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Former Supreme Allied Commander, NATO