June 18, 2010, 9:30 am - December 5, 2022, 6:14 am


The University Club of Washington DC - 1135 16th Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20036 (Map)

2010 Annual Conference on Turkey, entitled "Turkey`s New Geopolitics: Challenges and Opportunities" is the first conference organized by the Center for Turkish Studies at the Middle East Institute. 2010 Annual Conference took place on June 18, 2010 in the University Club. Participants from area think tanks, universities, U.S. and foreign government officials as well as private sector widely attented and followed conference panels.

In the first two panels, experts on Turkey discussed the transformation of Turkish foreign policy in the Middle East and Eurasia. In the third panel, panelists shared their knowledge about current developments in the Turkish domestic politics with a specific focus on constitutional reform, Kurdish opening and civil-military relations.

Keynote speakers from high-ranking Turkish policymakers and the Turkish Ambassador to the U.S. Namik Tan shared their insights and comments on Turkish foreign and domestic politics without media distortion.

In this page, you can find audio, video and transcripts files as well as speaker biographies and the conference program of 2010 Annual Conference on Turkey - "Turkey`s New Geopolitics: Challenges and Opportunities"


      9:00a.m.- 9:30a.m.    Registration

      9:30a.m.- 9:45a.m.    Welcoming Remarks by Dr. Gönül Tol,

                                                  Director of Center for Turkish Studies at the  Middle East Institute

      9:45a.m. – 10:00a.m.  Opening Remarks by The Honorable Ömer Çelik,

                                                  Deputy Vice President of the Justice and Development Party (AKP)

      10:00a.m.- 10:30a.m.  Keynote Address by Dr. İbrahim Kalın,

                                                  Chief Advisor to the Turkish Prime Minister

      10:30a.m.- 12:00p.m.  Turkey in the Middle East: Relations with Iran, Israel and Iraq

                                                 Dr. Steven A. Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies,

                                                 Council on Foreign Relations (Moderator)

                                                 Cengiz Çandar, Columnist at Turkish Daily Radikal

                                                 Karim Sadjadpour, Fellow at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

                                                 The Honorable Robert Wexler, the President of the S. Daniel Abraham Center    

                                                 for Middle East Peace

      12:00p.m. - 12:30p.m.  Keynote Address by H.E. Namık Tan,

                                                 Turkish Ambassador to the United States

       12:30p.m. - 1:45p.m.   LUNCH

       1:45p.m. – 2:15p.m.    Keynote Address by The Honorable Dr. Suat Kınıklıoğlu, Justice and Development

                                                 Party (AKP) Deputy Chairman of External Affairs

       2:15p.m. – 3:45p.m.    Turkey in Eurasia: Relations with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia

                                                 Dr. Ian O. Lesser, Senior Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund of

                                                 the United States (Moderator)

                                                 Dr. Tuncay Babalı, Fellow at Weatherhead Center for International Affairs,

                                                 Harvard University

                                                 Ambassador A. Elizabeth Jones, Executive Vice President of APCO Worldwide

                                                 Amberin Zaman, Turkey Correspondent of the Economist and Columnist at

                                                 Turkish Daily Haberturk

       4:00p.m. - 5:30p.m.      Turkey in Transition: Constitutional Reform, Democratic Opening and

                                                 Civil-Military Relations

                                                 Dr. F. Stephen Larrabee, Distinguished Chair in European Security at

                                                 RAND Corporation (Moderator)

                                                 Dr. Henri J. Barkey, Visiting Fellow in the Carnegie Middle East Program

                                                 Prof. Dr. Metin Heper, Bilkent University, Department of Political Science,

                                                 Ankara, Turkey

                                                 Prof. Dr. Ergun Özbudun, Bilkent University, Faculty of Law, Ankara, Turkey