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Ismail Cem (deceased)

Ismail Cem (deceased)

Ismail Cem was one of the leading and most prominent figures in Turkey's political life during the last decades. He was Turkey's former Minister of Foreign Affairs. Before his resignation, he was one of Turkey's longest-serving foreign ministers and he is credited with greatly contributing to improved relations with Greece.

Mr. Cem was the founder and President of the newest political party in Turkey, "New Turkey Party". He was born to an elite family in Istanbul where he studied in the Istanbul Robert College. He also studied law in the Universit√© de Lausanne, and in 1980, he got his Masters in Political Sociology at the Institut d'√Čtudes Politiques de Paris.

A writer, columnist and editor in several newspapers since 1963, he was the author of thirteen books, mainly on Turkish political sociology, foreign policy and democratic socialism. One book in English has also been published in German: "Turkey in the New Century". He has also had several photographic exhibitions, in Turkey and abroad.

Between 1971-1974, Ismail Cem was the President of the Trade Union of Journalists of Istanbul. Between 1974-75, he was the General Director of the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation. Then, from 1987 through 2002, Mr. Cem has been a member of the Turkish Parliament. In 1987 he was member, and in 1996 the Chairman of the Turkish Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Between 1989-91 and 1993-97, Mr. Cem was the Deputy-Chairman of the Socialist Group at the Council of Europe. He was also a Member of the Advisory Board of the "European Institute for the Media". He was also a former Minister of Culture (1995) as well as former Minister of Foreign Affairs (1997-2002).

Recent articles by Ismail Cem (deceased)

The U.S. Misread Turkey's Mood from the StartWall Street JournalMarch 5, 2003
Turkey, EU, Cyprus...National Review OnlineDecember 11, 2002

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