April 16-April 22, 2019
A MESSAGE FROM THO
THO strongly condemns the terror attack in Sri Lanka and all forms of violence and hatred as displayed on this Easter Sunday. Our thoughts and condolences are with the victims and all those impacted by this tragedy.
THO NEWS
THO Upcoming Events
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!
Upcoming: American Policy in the Middle East
Join THO on Wednesday May 22 as we host three distinguished experts to discuss U.S. Foreign Policy. We'll be joined by: Charles Kupchan, Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University, Former White House Official Stephen Walt, Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University Soli Ozel, Fellow at Yale Law School.
THO Outreach
The THO team attended the ATC Summit in Washington, D.C. where leaders from the American and Turkish political and business communities gathered to discuss the latest in U.S.-Turkish relations. At the ATC Summit the THO met Pentagon Officials, State Department Officials, Turkish Officials and American and Turkish Business Leaders during the summit.
The THO team connected with Alparslan Bayraktar, President of the World Energy Council of Turkey.
Congressional outreach continued as THO President Ali Cinar met with Congressman Donald Payne, Jr. (NJ-10).
THO President Ali Cinar spoke at the World Turkish Business council during the ATC-TAIK summit.
THO President Ali Cinar was interviewed by Turkish-American TV.
THO Recent Events
On Wednesday, April 17, 2019 the Turkish Heritage Organization (THO) hosted a panel discussion, “The Uyghurs: an Imprisonment of a People” with Omer Kanat, the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the World Uyghur Congress, and former Ambassador John Herbst, the current Director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center and former foreign service officer at the U.S. State Department, moderated by THO’s Communications Manager Savannah Lane. To read more of the event summary and watch our event video please visit our website here .
THO Profile of the Week:

Dr. Denise Natali
This week's Profile of the Week features one of THO's former speakers Dr. Denise Natali, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations at the U.S. department of State 
. To read more visit our website here.
THO President Ali Cinar Awarded 2019 Ellis Island Medal of Honors
Ali Cinar will be the youngest Turkish-American to receive this honor in over 30 years.
The Ellis Island Medal of Honor is an American award founded by the Ellis Island Honors Society (EIHS) which are presented annually to American citizens whose accomplishments in their field and inspired service to the U.S are cause for celebration. Past medalists include 7 U.S. Presidents, several world leaders, two Nobel Prize winners and countless leaders of industry, education, the arts, sports and government, along with everyday Americans who have made freedom, liberty and compassion a part of their life's work. The 34th Annual Ellis Island Medals of Honor Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 11th, 2019

THO Non-Resident Fellow Cross-Atlantic Exchange
THO is excited to welcome our Turkey-based Non-resident Fellows in Washington, DC very soon! To learn more about our fellows please visit our website here.
THO Non-Resident Fellowship Blog: Meddah
THO Non-Resident Fellows have been hard at work on the latest articles released on our blog Meddah. Read their work 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's Latest Project: Global Perspectives From the UN
Coming soon-- THO is excited to be working with the United Nations on some exciting things ahead!
U.S.-TURKEY NEWS
Security
President Trump and Turkish Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak Discuss the Russian Missile Defense System
Turkey's plan to purchase the Russian S-400 missile system has created a rift in between the U.S. and Turkey. The Turkish Defense Minister called for issues to be resolved through dialogue.

U.S Defense Secretary Conveys “optimism” in Resolving Turkey S-400 issue 
Speaking at an event last Thursday, Acting U.S Secretary of Defense briefly expressed his optimism in resolving the ongoing issue with Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 missile system. 

U.S and Turkey Working Together to Ensure Security at Syria-Turkey Border
The U.S Special Envoy to Syria, James Jeffery, will work with his Turkish counterparts to ensure boarder security following the withdrawal of U.S troops. 

Turkey Foreign Minister “sensitive” to NATO Concerns
At a joint press conference on April 19 th , Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu clarified Turkey’s position towards NATO by saying “We are always sensitive” in regards to security concerns.

Economy-Tourism
U.S. Commerce Secretary Speaks at American Turkish Council Conference
Secretary Wilbur Ross thanks American Turkish Council as well as its ranking members for strengthening U.S-Turkish bilateral relation for 37 years.

Turkey-U.S Trade Working Group expected to reach $75B in Bi-lateral Trade 
Turkey and U.S trade officials are forming a working group, with the goal of reaching $75B in bilateral trade.

Science-Technology
Turkish Team Discovered Meteorites in Antarctica to be Examined at NASA Headquarters
Meteorite samples collected in Antarctica by a Turkish expedition team are being sent to NASA headquarters in Washington D.C, where the Turkish researchers will examine the samples.

Education
Turkish Students Build School Desks for Students in Syria
A vocational high school in southern Turkey, on the border with Syria, is among major suppliers of educational needs for students in Afrin, Syria. 

Humanitarian Aid
Turkish Red Crescent Sends Food to Yemen
Turkey's major relief agency sends food to war-torn Yemen.

WHAT WE'RE READING
TURKISH-AMERICAN SUCCESS STORIES
Feryal Ozel
Turkish American researcher involved in Black Hole Image
The historic first photographed image of a black hole was accomplished by a team of researchers, which included Turkish American Ferya Ozel. 
Pinar Toprak
When #CaptainMarvel hit the box office, Pinar Topra became the 1st woman composer for Marvel & the top-grossing female composer, in just one weekend!
Meral Iskir
Meral Iskir receives a 2019 Joseph Miller Award at Catholic University.
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