February 3, 2020- February 10, 2020
A Message from THO

We send our heartfelt condolences to the people of Turkey who are mourning after two separate tragedies struck the nation, deadly avalanches in Van and plane crash in Istanbul. Our thoughts are with the people of Turkey and we wish all those affected a speedy recovery.
Please join THO as we host H.E. Ambassador Cagatay Erciyes, Director General for Bilateral Political and Maritime-Aviation-Border Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Turkey for a conversation on Maritime and Energy issues in the Eastern Mediterranean on February 18, 2020. The conversation will be moderated by Glenn Howard of the Jamestown Foundation.   RSVP Here!
Please join THO as we host a panel on U.S.-Turkey relations. We'll be joined by Richard Outzen, Mark Kimmit, and Jennifer Miel. RSVP Here!
THO Past Events

THO Telecon : " What's Happening in Idlib?"
On February 7, 2020, the Turkish Heritage Organization hosted a teleconference on “ What’s Happening in Idlib? ” with   Dr. Waleed Tamer , President of the North Free Doctors Syndicate (calling in from Idlib),  Professor Ferhat Pirincci , Dept. of International Relations at Uludag University,  Ghassan Hitto , Co-Founder & CEO, Syrian Forum- First Head of an Interim Government, and  Ammar Al Salmo , a Board Member of the White Helmets. Read the summary and listen to the recording here.
THO Exclusive Insight Interview Highlight

THO's Exclusive Insight Interview series continues as we interview a number of experts on US-Turkey relations. The latest exclusives insights are with James Carafano of Heritage Foundation.
U.S. Congress
THO President Ali Cinar met with a number of U.S. Members of Congress to discuss U.S.-Turkey relations. Including: Guy Reschenthaler, Michael Waltz, Kevin Hern, and Van Taylor
American University
THO staff was delighted to welcome a class of students from American University for a discussion on U.S.-Turkey relations.
Yale University
THO President Ali Cinar and Programs Manager Savannah Lane are honored to have been judges at the 2020 Yale University International Policy Competition
THO staff continuously provides expertise on US-Turkey relations to various US and International media outlets. This past week THO President Ali Cinar and THO staff were expert guests on US and International media outlets.

THO is proud to be working with a number of world renewed experts on US-Turkey relations. They strengthen the THO family. Stay tuned for more introductions as we feature each of our distinguished advisory board members.
Malik Mufti
Malik Mufti is Professor of Political Science at Tufts University, where he teaches courses on international relations as well as the politics of the Middle East. He received his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University, and is the author of Sovereign Creations: Pan-Arabism and Political Order in Syria and Iraq (1996), and Daring and Caution in Turkish Strategic Culture: Republic at Sea (2009). He has also published shorter pieces on the domestic politics, international relations, and political thought of the Near East, the most recent of which dealt with Ibn Khaldun on jihad and statecraft; evolving Islamic conceptions of democracy; Francis Bacon's political and ethical thought from an Islamic perspective; the AK Party's Islamic realist vision; and the democratizing potential of the Arab Spring. He is currently working on a broader research project on realism in Islamic political thought.
THO Nonresident Fellow Feature
THO is proud to introduce our 2019-2020 non-resident fellowship cohort. Stay tuned for more introductions as we feature each of our distinguished members.
Benjamin Lutz
Focus Area during THO Fellowship: Turkey's role in regional peacekeeping efforts
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Benjamin Lutz became enthralled in global geopolitics after joining his High Schools’ Model United Nations (MUN) team. Benjamin went on to study International Studies/Political Science with a quadruple concentration on Arabic, Middle East Studies, Interreligious Studies, and Peace and Conflict Studies at Elon University. During his time at Elon, Benjamin has the unparalleled opportunity to study abroad 5 distinct times, all of which were in the Middle East region with an emphasis on Arabic language acquisition. 
These global experiences shaped his studies and prepared him to write two theses on regional politics. His main project focused on the Jordanian Refugee Crisis and the change in Jordan’s policies towards the newest influx of Syrian refugees. His second project focused on Interfaith Coexistence in Oman and the historical dimensions of the tolerance found in Oman. Immediately after graduating, Benjamin moved to the United Kingdom to study for a Masters degree in Middle East Security Politics and Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Bradford. During this Masters program, he became connected with Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI), Middle East Institute for Research and Strategic Studies (MEIRSS) and the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), all of which he currently is engaged with. At MBBI he is the Communications and Operations Manager, at MEIRSS he is a featured writer, and at IEP he is a Global Peace Index Ambassador.
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