April 2-April 8, 2019
THO NEWS
THO Outreach
Congressional outreach continued as Communications Manager Savannah Lane and Partnership Manager Pinar Gezgec met with Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-9) at a private event recently.
The THO Team attended the NATO Engages summit organized by the Atlantic Council, German Marshall Fund, and the Munich Security Council. The team heard from speakers include U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. The THO Team also met with and spoke to many of the Distinguished Speakers and Attendees during the summit.
THO President Ali Cinar was invited to a special event where he met and spoke with members of Congress including: Michael McCaul (TX-10), Alex Mooney (WV-2), Virginia Foxx (NC-5), Joe Wilson (SC-2), Steve Chabot (OH -1) and many more.
Media outreach continued as THO President Ali Cinar was interviewed on CNNTurk and Communications Manager connected with various news outlets including State Department correspondents.
THO Upcoming Events
Upcoming: A Conversation on Transatlantic Relations
Join us this week as host Professor Gulnur Aybet and Former Ambassador Nicholas Burns moderated by Samantha Vinograd at the National Press Club on April 9, 2019 to discuss transatlantic relations.
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.
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!
Highlights
  • U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and expressed support for ongoing negotiations regarding northeast Syria. The Secretary called for the swift resolution of cases involving unjustly detained U.S. citizens, including Serkan Golge and local staff from the U.S. embassy. Read more here.

  • U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton had a very productive meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. Read more here.

THO Profile of the Week:

Dr. Elizabeth Ferris

This week's Profile of the Week features one of THO's former featured speakers Dr. Elizabeth Ferris, a former Senior Advisor to the United Nations General Assembly's Summit for Refugee and Migrants and Senior Fellow at Brookings. To read more visit our website here.
American Turkish Council 37th Annual Conference on U.S.-Turkey Relations
Don’t miss the 37th Annual U.S. Turkey Conference ! It will focus on the ways how industry-to-industry relations may function as a gateway for mutual understanding and cooperation across sectors. Register here today!
U.S.-TURKEY NEWS
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Disagrees with Disputed Meeting Account
Despite disputing accounts of the meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Secretary Pompeo stands by "every word of it" and the details he released from their meeting.

The Conflicting Technology of the F-35's and the S-400 Missile-Defense System
Turkey has said that it will not back down from plans to purchase the Russian S-400 air-defense system. This article discussing the technology of America's latest generation fighter, the F-35, and how the S-400 threatens its safety.

OTHER U.S.-TURKEY NEWS
Economy
Turkey's Domestic Automobile Manufacturing to Add 50B Euros to Turkish Economy in 15 Years
Turkey's automobile manufacturing predicts that it will yield 50 billion euros and add over 20,000 jobs in the next 15 years.

$11 Billion Istanbul Airport New Hub for Turkish Airlines
The "grand transformation" and move of the Turkish Airlines hub to Istanbul took approximately 45 hours but demonstrates the new "splurge on infrastructure" in Turkey's economic plan.

Turkey's Port Operator Yildirim Holding in Bid For Major American Sea Terminal
Yildirim Holding is lining up a financial bid for a major American sea terminal that will drastically increase the role of Turkey in North American shipping operations.

Energy
International Energy Group Seeks Alternative in Turkey
Too much energy dependence on Russian imports has potential alternative through Valeura Energy's new development in Turkey's new gas field.

Security
U.S. Suspends Turkey's Participation in the F-35 Program
U.S. and Turkey are still at odds over the F-35 and Russian S-400 purchase.

Technology
Major Development in Turkcell Tech Center in Turkey
The new center in Şanlıurfa will bring out young technology talents in the southeastern region, which has long suffered from a lack of investment and a stable economy.

Humanitarian Aid
Turkish Red Crescent Providing Aid for Over 150 years
Turkey's major relief agency celebrates 150 years of humanitarian support.

WHAT WE'RE READING
THIS WEEK ON TWITTER
Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph F. Dunford On the 70th Anniversary of NATO
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