January 1- January 7, 2019
As the first week of 2019 comes to a close, the team at THO is hard at work with exciting upcoming events and programs to provide a working dialogue on the U.S.-Turkey bilateral relationship.
THO Events
On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, THO will host a teleconference on the recent developments in Syria. RSVP below-- we hope you will join us!
On Wednesday, January 30, 2019, THO will host former US Navy Admiral James Stavridis and Turkish Navy Rear Admiral Ali Deniz Kutluk for a discussion on US-Turkey defense cooperation and the NATO alliance. We hope to see you there!

THO Congressional Outreach
THO’s development with congressional offices continued as our staff attended the swearing in ceremonies of the 116th U.S. Congress. THO staff met with over 40 members of the U.S. House ofReps. and 6 senators including Senator Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Betty McCollum, Rep. Ilhan Omar and others. Our staff even had the opportunity to meet with Golden Globe nominated actress Piper Perabo.
THO Media Outreach
Ali Cinar, President of THO, spoke on The Heat (CGTV USA) regarding the U.S. withdrawal of troops in Syria. Click here to watch his remarks.
Ali Cinar, President of THO, was quoted in the Daily Sabah on the upcoming talks between Ankara and Washington regarding the YPG, Syria and the future of the region. Click here to read more.
Ali Cinar, President of THO, was on CNNTurk discussing the visit of White House National Security Adviser John Bolton to Israel and Turkey.
Exclusive Highlight: H.E. Alparslan Bayraktar, The Deputy Minister of Energy, Republic of Turkey
Turkish Heritage Organization held an Exclusive Insight interview with  H.E. Alparslan Bayraktar, the Republic of Turkey's Deputy Minister of Energy who spoke about the potential U.S.-Turkey Cooperation in the field of L&G trade.
THO Advisory Board Member Highlight of the Week:
Dr. Matthew Kroenig, a member of the THO Advisory Board is an associate professor in the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has served as a special adviser in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, a foreign policy advisor for the 2012 Mitt Romney presidential campaign, a senior national security advisor for the 2016 Scott Walker Campaign and a senior advisor to the Marco Rubio campaign. 

Dr. Kroenig is the author of numerous books and publications and has won many awards including: Best of Print in 2012 from Foreign Affairs for "Time to Attack Iran"; Named one of the top 99 foreign policy professionals under the age of 33 by Diplomatic Courier (Fall 2011); and named one of the most influential Washingtonians under the age of 40 by Washington Life Magazine (2011, 2012, 2013). Additionally, according to the study The Political Science 400, Dr. Kroenig was ranked Top 25 in his cohort.

Recently, Dr. Kroenig commentated on CNN regarding Kim Jong Un's letters to President Trump:
We are thrilled to have such accomplished members on the THO Advisory Board at the core of our organization. Be on the lookout for next week's Advisory Board Member Highlight of the Week!
U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton: US Withdrawal from Syria Delayed Until ISIS is Defeated and Kurds Safe
U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton signals a pause to a withdrawal of American troops from Syria and states that "[t]here are objectives that we want to accomplish that condition the withdrawal."These conditions include ensuring the eradication of ISIS for the reign and protection for the Kurds.

James Jeffrey Replaces Brett McGurk as U.S. Special Envoy to Defeat ISIS

"Ambassador Jeffrey will lead and coordinate U.S. Department of State relations with the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS and Department efforts to implement President Trump's announcement of a responsible U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria that is coordinated with our global Allies and partners consistent with U.s. goals for Syria and Iraq, including the enduring defeat of ISIS." 
Hitting $168 Billion in 2018 Turkey's Exports Mark All-Time High
According to recent reports exports in Turkey climbed 7.1% allowing Turkey to reach all-time high levels of exports. The full economic report with final figures will be announced January 31.

The Role of Natural Gas and Hydrocarbon Reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean
The role of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the Mediterranean region and the overlapping claims of the hydrocarbon reserves between Cyprus and Turkey will prove to be a determinant in energy policy moving forward in 2019.

USS Porter Arrives in Turkey
The USS Porter arrived in Aksaz, Turkey on January 1, 2019 to demonstrate the U.S. Navy's continued commitment to strengthening the security partnerships in the region.

Humanitarian Aid
Close to 295,000 Syrian Refugees Leave Turkey to Return Home

Following Turkey’s Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations, the northwestern portion of Syria was liberated and refugees were able to return home.
Turkey Investigating Google and Competition Law
Turkey has officially launched an investigation into whether Google violated competition law utilizing algorithms for targeted advertisements.
Thanks to Hotline in Turkey's Gaziantep 41 Girls Enrolled in School
A hotline to prevent child marriages in the province of Gaziantep has allowed 41 girls to return to education.


Turkey Seeks Major U.S. Military Support to Adopt Fight in Syria -Michael R. Gordon, Nacy. A Youssef and Dion Nissenbaum, Wall Street Journal


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