April 9-April 15, 2019
THO NEWS
THO Upcoming Events
Upcoming: The Uyghurs: Imprisonment of a People
The Turkish Heritage Organization will be hosting an upcoming panel discussion on the Uyghur population on April 17, 2019 with speakers Omer Kanat and John Herbst and will be moderated by THO Communications Manager Savannah Lane.
Upcoming: Turkey's Maritime Geopolitics
The Turkish Heritage Organization will be hosting a panel on Turkey's Maritime Politics with Retired Turkish Admiral Cem Gurdeniz. Find out more information and RSVP below!
THO Outreach
The THO Team attended the beginning of the 37th Annual ATC-TAIK Conference on U.S.-Turkish Relations kicked-off yesterday and will continue tomorrow as well. THO is proud to support the 37th Annual Conference on U.S.-Turkey Relations.
The THO Team connected with Turkish Deputy Minister of Energy Alparslan Bakraktar.
Congressional outreach continued as Communications Manager Savannah Lane connected with Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (D-MI).
THO President Ali Cinar connected with Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-R).
THO Partnership Manager Pinar Gezgec attended the hearing of nominated U.S. Ambassador to Turkey David Satterfield at the U.S Senate.
THO Executive Director Elvir Klempic attended the 2019 Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina Gala Celebrating Women Leaders and the 70th Anniversary of NATO. Elvir had an opportunity to connect with a number of U.S. officials.
THO Recent Events
On Tuesday, April 9, 2019 the Turkish Heritage Organization hosted a “Conversation on Transatlantic Relations” at the National Press Club. The panel included Ambassador Nicholas Burns and Professor Gulnur Aybet and was moderated by Samantha Vinograd. 
To read more of the event summary and watch our event video please visit our website here.
THO Profile of the Week:

Luke Coffey

This week's Profile of the Week features one of THO's former speakers Luke Coffey, Director, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy, The Heritage Foundation
. To read more visit our website here.
THO Summer Research Program
THO is thrilled to be continuing our Summer Research Program with a focus this year on energy. Stay tuned as we release more details soon and read more about the program here!

THO Non-Resident Fellow Cross-Atlantic Conference
THO is excited to welcome our Turkey-based Non-resident Fellows in Washington, DC in just a few short weeks. To learn more about our fellows please visit our website here.
U.S.-TURKEY NEWS
Time to Talk Business
Mehmet Ali Yalcindag, chair of the Turkey-U.S. Business Council discussed that it was imperative for Turkey and the United States to put aside their political and diplomatic differences and focus on their shared interests in economic development and mutual business interests.

Nomination for the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey: David Satterfield
The testimony and hearing of nominee David Satterfield took place this past week at the U.S. Senate with questions ranging from the F-35 deal to the local elections and more.

Global Business Leaders Gather in Washington
Turkish Defense, Finance, and Trade Ministers all gather in Washington, DC for the ATC-TAIK Summit.

USS Ross Commenced Transit through Straits of Dardanelles
The USS Ross commenced their transit through the Straits of Dardanelles in Turkey on their way to the Black Sea. USS Ross is on a deployment to the Black Sea to show support and train with allies.

OTHER U.S.-TURKEY NEWS
Economy
Turkey's Finance Minister Holds Talks with International Investors in US

Turkish Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak spoke with international investors and managers of large funds as the International Monetary Fund-Wolrd Bank spring meetings are quickly approaching in Washington.

New Istanbul Airport Successfully Transitioned after a 41-hour "Big Bang"
The "grand transformation" and move of the Turkish Airlines hub to Istanbul took approximately 41 hours and the airport is now successfully running. İlker Aycı, the chairman of TurkishAirlines shared that "successfully concluding its mission of being the home of our brand throughout our 86 years of history, saying farewell to Atatürk Airport was a highly saddening experience for us."

Energy
Turkey Set to Invest $11 Billion in Energy Efficiency
Turkey aims to invest roughly $11 billion in energy efficiency over the next five years, cut its primary energy consumption by 14 percent, and reduce 66 million tons of CO2 emissions, Turkey's Deputy Energy and Natural Resources Minister Alparslan Bayraktar said on April 9.

Education
EducationUSA Answers All VISA Questions
EducationUSA will be hosting an interactive session to help students navigate the visa process on April 16, 2019.

Humanitarian Aid
International Quality Award for Turkish Red Crescent
Turkey's major relief agency received an award for high standards in aid work and efforts.

WHAT WE'RE READING
THIS WEEK ON TWITTER
Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg
QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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