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Turkish Coffee Chats with Future Leaders: Where is Turkey Going?: Challenges and Prospects in Foreign Policy

January 22, 2014 (06:30 PM - 08:30 PM)

Turkish Coffee Chats with Future Leaders: Where is Turkey Going? Challenges and Prospects

Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) and American Turkish Association of DC (ATA-DC) Present Turkish Coffee Chats with Future Leaders

Moderator: Sinan Ciddi

Speakers: Cenk Sidar, Dr. Mark Meirowitz

Wednesday January 22, 2014 6:30 PM

Address: ATAA Turkish House 1526 18th NW Washington, DC 20036

This event is open for only students, ATAA and ATA-DC members. Please RSVP at Turkish coffee and desserts will be served.

We will discuss how Turkey has responded to many complex challenges such as Syria, Iran, EU (and Free Trade Agreement), Cyprus, Iraq, US-Turkish relations and what the future may have in store for Turkey. 


Sinan Ciddi:

Sinan Ciddi is an expert on Turkish domestic politics and foreign policy. He obtained his Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2007 in the field of Political Science. Ciddi continues to author scholarly articles, opinion pieces and book chapters on contemporary Turkish politics and foreign policy, as well as participate in media appearances. In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities at Georgetown, Ciddi also serves as the Executive Director of the Institute of Turkish Studies.


Cenk Sidar:

Cenk Sidar is the founder and managing director of Sidar Global Advisors (SGA), a Washington, DC-based global macro research and strategic advisory firm. Prior to starting SGA, he served as the director of the American-Turkish Council for four years and oversaw the defense and energy programs of the Council. He worked as a liaison for various business and global security issues among companies and the US and Turkish governments. 

He is a frequent contributor to various outlets including Foreign Policy, Hurriyet Daily News, Radikal and Reflections Turkey and has made television appearances on Bloomberg HT, Turkish Radio Television, and Voice of America.


Dr. Mark Meirowitz: 

Mark Meirowitz is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Maritime College in New York where he teaches Politics, History, Law and English (to Turkish students). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a member of the Advisory Board of the American Turkish Council. He has lectured and written extensively on Turkish Foreign Policy and US-Turkish Relations and is writing a book on Turkish Foreign Policy for an academic press.