Preface


Dear Colleagues,

Having the honor of being the first recognized (in 1999) partnership training center by NATO and also one of the centers having “Quality Assurance Unconditional Accreditation Certificate”, PTC-TUR remains to be fully dedicated to contribute to the Alliance’s and Partner Countries’ level of ambition in the essence of fostering “interoperability”.

In its 21 years of history, PTC-TUR has implemented a series of important activities including both national and international courses, seminars and mobile training activities and further has contributed significantly to the execution of connected, efficient and effective education and training (E&T) system that proves to be affordable for partner nations and non-NATO entities. In order to do so, we thrive the opportunity to create a more holistic approach in managing E&T activities due to the necessity of the full range of capabilities for operating in an evolving and uncertain security environment.

Straddling the continents of Europe and Asia, Turkey’s strategically important location has given it major influence the region. Turkey’s geopolitical position on foreign policy issues are of vital interest on crisis response and humanitarian relief operations, particularly during Syria crisis. This case has come along with the auxiliary concerns such as ensuring border security and combatting with human trafficking. What has happened revealed the fact that we need to retain and improve the ability to work together effectively in order to ensure visible deterrence and to fortify cooperative security, especially in such an environment featuring multitude of threats and challenges across a wide spectrum of conflicts. Since these efforts entail a more comprehensive approach, tools like strategic communication and civil-military interaction are essential for communicating NATO’s vision and mission non-military audiences.

In this scope, we have planned courses for 2020 related to a wide range of expertise as well as mobile training activities that will take place in some partner countries, all of which will pave the way for a consolidated capacity building. Meanwhile, we will continue providing instructor support to national and international training centers. Our contemporary facilities, outstanding lectures given by distinguished guest speakers and instructors, realistic field training and logistics support will remain to reflect PTC-TUR’s professionalism to meet participants’ expectations.

I strongly believe that our activities planned for 2020 will help enhacing NATO’s partnership spirit and contribute to the regional and global stability and security while also serving to the realization of our unchanging motto “Peace at Home, Peace in the World” as stated by The Great Leader Atatürk.

Sincerely,

Colonel Melih ŞİMŞEKER