Turkey's Foreign Policy Challenges in the Middle East

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The American-Turkish Society

Event Details

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM 
Herrick Feinstein
2 Park Avenue
New York, NY
Event type
Lecture / Panel  

Event Description

Ambassador James Jeffrey, Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and Iraq, and currently at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and Dr. Omer Taspinar, Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution, will speak on the pressing foreign policy, security, and humanitarian demands for Turkey and the U.S. in the Middle East. The event will be moderated by Mr. Noel Lateef, President & CEO of the Foreign Policy Association. 

Speaker topics:

  • Ambassador James Jeffrey will speak on areas of possible cooperation between the United States and Turkey in the area of foreign policy and obstacles facing such cooperation.
  • Dr. Omer Taspinar will speak on how Turkey's domestic politics, including its Kurdish question, affect Turkey's response to the ISIS challenge as well as interdynamics of different Kurdish organizations in Turkey, Syria, and Iraq.

FPA and OTR members can register at The American Turkish Society member rate of $30.00 by using coupon code: FPA14.

Event Speakers

    • Ambassador James F. Jeffrey - Speaker
      Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and Iraq; Philip Solodz Distinguished Visiting Fellow , Washington Institute for Near East Policy

      Ambassador James F. Jeffrey is one of the nation’s most respected diplomats, having held senior assignments in Washington, D.C., and abroad, including as Deputy National Security Advisor (2007-2008), U.S. Ambassador to Iraq (2010-2012), U.S. Ambassador to Turkey (2008-2010); and U.S. Ambassador to Albania (2002-2004).Earlier appointments include service as principal deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, senior advisor on Iraq to the secretary of state; charge d’affaires and deputy chief of mission in Baghdad; deputy chief of mission in Ankara.  He is currently the Philip Solondz Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. A former infantry officer in the U.S. Army, Ambassador Jeffrey served in Germany and Vietnam. 

    • Dr. Omer Taspinar - Speaker
      Director of Turkey Project, Brookings Institution; Professor of National Security Strategy, U.S. National War College

      Dr. Ömer Taspınar is the director of the Turkey Project at the Brookings Institution as well as Professor of National Security Strategy at the U.S. National War College. He is an expert on Turkey, the European Union, Muslims in Europe, political Islam, the Middle East, and Kurdish nationalism. Previously, he was an assistant professor in the European studies department of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is a columnist for the Turkish daily Radikal and the Pakistan Daily Times. He has appeared on BBC World, CNN International, NBC, CNBC, CBS, the Steve Colbert Show, and is a frequent commentator for Turkish Television.

    • Noel V. Lateef - Moderator
      President & CEO, Foreign Policy Association

      Mr. Noel Lateef has been the CEO and President of the Foreign Policy Association since 1995. Founded in 1918, the Foreign Policy Association is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization dedicated to stimulate wider interest in, and greater understanding of world affairs among American citizens. Its publications reach an audience of 8 million readers in all 50 states. The Foreign Policy Association also sponsors numerous active meetings program with world leaders and experts on foreign policy, including its annual World Leadership Forum. Before joining the Foreign Policy Association, Mr. Lateef was chairman of The Bowery Savings Bank, a venerable New York institution founded in 1834. Mr. Lateef holds a JD degree from Yale Law School and a BA from Princeton University.