6th Annual Conference on Turkey

National Press Club, Washington, DC, USA

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The Center for Turkish Studies at The Middle East Institute and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation were pleased to present the Sixth Annual Conference on Turkey on Thursday, December 3, 2015. The conference included three expert panels to discuss the country's tumultuous domestic politics following recent elections, the future of democracy in the country, and Turkish foreign policy.


Karsten Voigt 
Former President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and Member of the German Bundestag


PANEL 1: The Domestic Implications of Erdogan's Win

Abdulhamit Bilici
Editor in Chief, Zaman

Koray Caliskan
Associate Professor, Department of Political Sciences and International Relations, Bogaziçi University

Baskin Oran
Professor Emeritus of International Relations, Ankara University

Richard Kraemer (Moderator)
Senior Program Officer for Afghanistan, Iran, and Turkey, National Endowment for Democracy


PANEL 2: Turkey's Middle East Policy Challenges

Amb. Unal Cevikoz
Former Turkish Ambassador to Iraq and the United Kingdom

Amanda Sloat
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs for Southern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Gönül Tol
Director, Center for Turkish Studies, Middle East Institute

Robert Worth (Moderator)
Contributing Writer, The New York Times Magazine


Keynote Discussion
Selahattin Demirtas

Co-Leader of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP)

Gönül Tol
Director, Center for Turkish Studies, Middle East Institute


PANEL 3: Turkey's Western Partnerships During Troubled Times

Nikos Konstantaras
Managing Editor, Kathimerini

Amb. Francis J. Ricciardone
Vice President, Atlantic Council, and Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey

Amb. Namik Tan
Former Turkish Ambassador to the United States

Amb. Robert Pearson (Moderator)
Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and Fellow, Middle East Institute

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