POMEAS is an Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) initiative and is hosted in its downtown office in Istanbul. IPC is an independent policy research institute with global outreach aiming to foster academic research in social sciences and its application to policy making. It is committed to providing decision makers, opinion leaders, academics, and the general public with innovative and objective analyses in key domestic and foreign policy issues. IPC has expertise in a wide range of areas, including —but not exhaustive to— Turkey-EU-U.S. relations, education, climate change, conflict resolution and mediation, current trends of political and social transformation in Turkey, as well as the impact of civil society and local governance on this metamorphosis.
IPC's value-added contribution to academia and public policy sector stems from its ability to track these developments closely and offer insightful evaluations on their meaning for Turkey's global aspirations in a rapidly-integrating world. Furthermore, IPC stands out from many of its peers with its exceptional access to intellectual capital and vast reserves of scientific knowledge at Sabancı University. IPC thus offers policy makers, academics, and young researchers a unique platform where sound academic research in social sciences shapes hands-on policy work.