February 24, 2020- March 2, 2020
A Message from THO

The Turkish Heritage Organization offers our condolences for the Turkish soldiers' lives lost in Syria as the latest developments continue to unfold. We hope for a deescalation of violence and the immediate halt of attacks against Turkish troops and civilians.

Press Statement by U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo on the killing of Turkish soldiers in Idlib: READ THE FULL STATEMENT HERE
NATO Statement of solidarity with Turkey : READ THE FULL STATEMENT HERE
Upcoming Events
Please join THO for a timely teleconference on the latest developments in Idlib, Syria. Our guest expert panel will analyze the current humanitarian crisis world implications to the conflict in Syria. RSVP HERE!
Join THO for a panel discussion on US-China Relations and its global impact. Our expert panel will discuss the relationship including security, economy, and human rights. RSVP HERE!
Recent Events
On Thursday, February 27, 2020 the Turkish Heritage Organization hosted a roundtable discussion on “ What’s in store for U.S.-Turkey relations in 2020? ”, held at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. Speakers included; Senior Advisor for Syrian Engagement at U.S. Department of State, Col.  Richard Outzen ; Brigadier General, U.S. Army (ret.),  Mark Kimmitt ; and Executive Director of U.S.-Turkey Business Council at U.S. Chamber of Commerce,  Jennifer Miel . READ MORE 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 insight is with Glen Howard , President, Jamestown Foundation.
Watch all of THO's Exclusive Insight Interviews from this year here!
United Nations
THO President Ali Cinar continued outreach with meetings at the United Nations this week. 
US Chamber of Commerce
THO Programs Director Savannah Lane connected with a member of the US Chamber of Commerce and discussed the latest developments in US-Turkey trade relations and the upcoming impact of potential sanctions in relation to the S-400 acquisition.
State Department
THO President Ali Cinar continued to connect with members at the US State Department and discussed the latest developments. THO Programs Director Savannah Lane also was able to speak to a group of visiting State Department fellows and discuss US foreign policy efforts abroad.
Georgetown University
THO Programs Director Savannah Lane connected with Georgetown students and discussed the latest in US-Turkey relations to continue to foster academic connections and understanding of the importance of a focus on the US-Turkey relationship.
Istanbul Aydin University
THO Executive Director Elvir Klempic and Programs Director Savannah Lane spoke to foreign policy graduate students at Istanbul Aydin University via Skype and discussed international foreign policy efforts, the impact of US domestic agendas abroad and the US-Turkey relationship.
American Security Project
THO President Ali Cinar and Programs Director Savannah Lane connected with members from the American Security Project and discussed efforts in the DC policy world to discuss the latest developments in the US-Turkey relationship.
Daniel Morgan Graduate School
THO Executive Director Elvir Klempic met with the Vice President of External Affairs for the Daniel Morgan Graduate School and discussed future ways to continue the critical conversations in foreign policy related to the developments in the Middle East.
THO staff continuously provides expertise on US-Turkey relations to various US and International media outlets. This past week THO staff were expert guests on US and International media outlets.
Ms. Selma Bardakci
Selma is currently working at the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) as a coordinator of Asia – Pacific Business Councils in Istanbul. Before DEIK, she served at the Center for Asia Leadership in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which is a group of non-profit international organizations that addresses public challenges in Asia through research, development, training and publication initiatives. Read more about Selma here.
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.
Ahmed Galal
Ahmed Galal is an attorney with varied experience in international transactional work. He primarily advises organizations on legal and business issues to mitigate risk and capture value in their global operations. Ahmed’s interest in the Middle East stems from his Egyptian roots and frequent travel in the region. As a THO Non-Resident Fellow, he is interested in researching Turkey’s international political economy with a particular focus on aerospace and defense. Read more about Ahmed here .

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