It is out of question for those states to make decisive decisions for their own future as well as to take initiatives to expand the horizons of other states if they regard their custom as unchangeable norms of life, fail to reform them according to the requirements of the age and that are unable to take the necessary steps to gain the ability to follow up the current developments in the world and that are even ineffective.

Today hundreds of research institutions exist that make strategic decisions for the future and follow up all the phases of the evolution underwent by the societies in Asia, America and Africa, continents that completed their development processes in several areas.

Turkey made significant progress in opening up to the world in the last years of the 20th century. It is unfortunate that Africa has been the most neglected among the three large continents by Turkey, and the lack of institutional structures focusing on Africa has always been felt.
It is now time for Turkey, who becomes stronger in the region and declared 2005 as the Year of Africa, to establish institutions that will analyze strategic issues and conduct researches related to the continent.

TASAM Africa Institute is a research center that designs and proposes projects on strategic issues at national as well as international level, makes realistic foresights about the future and makes them remain forever by means of books, reports, journals and commentaries. In so doing, TASAM Africa Institute approaches to the issues in a different style.

TASAM Africa Institute will fill a great gap in its field and light the way for Africa's future with its researches on social, economic, political and cultural issues.

21st century has brought new formations and will benefit from empirical knowledge rather than from the environment of war and chaos. This situation will take the requirements of the age into consideration, use the technology at the utmost level and help the survival of those states that gained great achievements within themselves, in their neighborhood as well as in other geographical areas of the world.

TASAM Africa Institute will fill a great gap in its field and light the way for Africa's future with its researches on social, economic, political and cultural issues. (Chairman of TASAM Süleyman ŞENSOY)