NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A panel discussion on Turkey's current foreign policy challenges will be presented by The American Turkish Society at 5:30pm on Monday, January 25, in New York City.
The panel discussion will address the changing geopolitical role of Turkey in the face of current foreign policy challenges, particularly in light of rising tensions in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Experts will weigh in on Turkey's strategic options on the international stage.
Dr. Bulent Aliriza has been the founding director of the Turkey Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC since 1994. Aliriza was a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He had previously served as a Turkish Cypriot diplomat in New York and Washington.
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, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, and U.S. Ambassador to Albania.
Elmira Bayrasli is the author of From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places, a book that looks at the rise of entrepreneurship globally. She is also the co-founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted and a lecturer at New York University.
Moderator Dr. Joshua Walker currently serves as the Vice-President of Global Programs at APCO Worldwide in Washington. Dr. Walker is also a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund and teaches at George Washington University's Elliot Graduate School of International Affairs.
Founded in 1949, The American Turkish Society is the oldest American institution dedicated to building bridges between the US and Turkey in order to achieve common goals of peace and prosperity as well as enhance business, economic, diplomatic, and cultural ties between Turkey and the United States through education, cultural exchange, philanthropy, and networking.
SOURCE The American Turkish Society