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The program was founded in 1995. Under the leadership of founding director Alan Makovsky and interim director Helena Kane Finn, the center introduced the Washington policymaking community to Turkey's leading political, diplomatic, military, and academic figures.
The speakers for the center's events have included, among others, Suleyman Demirel, who thanked the Institute and program for furthering relations between Turkey and the United States, and Abdullah Gul.
The Turkish Research Program's goal is to actively engage policymakers in discussion about Turkey's political, diplomatic, and strategic environment. Through its research and publications, Policy Forum luncheons, media appearances, congressional testimony, and seminars – along with special programs such as the Turgut Ozal memorial lecture series and the Turkish Military Fellowship – the Turkish Research Program attempts to discern trends in foreign relations of Turkey and the impact those trends may have on both U.S. interests and US-Turkish relations.
Turgut Ozal Memorial LectureEdit
The Washington Institute established the Turgut Ozal Memorial Lecture to pay lasting tribute to the late Turkish president and to raise the profile of Turkish policy issues in the Washington community. The annual event features a prominent statesman or scholarly expert on Turkey. Those featured include:,
- Matthew Bryza
- Eric Edelman
- R. Nicholas Burns
- Daniel Fried
- Richard Holbrooke
- Paul Wolfowitz
- Mark Parris
- Antony Blinken
- Strobe Talbott
- Bernard Lewis
Among the Insitute's publications are a number of topical booklets, and the follow full-length books:
- Islam, Secularism, and Nationalism in Modern Turkey: Who Is a Turk?
- America and the Middle East: Expanding Threat, Broadening Response
- Turkey's New World: Changing Dynamics in Turkish Foreign Policy
Videos and AudioEdit
- Turkey's EU Path - Transatlantic Institute
- Kurdistan Workers Party and Turkish Policy Transatlantic Institute
- ↑ "The Washington Institute for Near East policy – Turkish Research Program". European Journal of Turkish Studies. http://ejts.revues.org/index3447.html. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
- ↑ Turkish Research Program - About Us http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC11.php?CID=59
- ↑ "Turkey: A Role Model at Turbulent Crossroads," featuring Suleyman Demirel (April 27, 1999) http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC07.php?CID=182
- ↑ Soner Cagaptay http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC10.php?CID=3
- ↑ Turkish Military Fellowship http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC11.php?CID=82&newActiveSubNav=Turkish_Research_Program_&activeSubNavLink=&newActiveNav=aboutUs
- ↑ Turgut Ozal Memorial Lecture http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC11.php?CID=84&newActiveSubNav=Turkish_Research_Program_&activeSubNavLink=&newActiveNav=aboutUs
- ↑ Turgut Ozal Memorial Lecture http://www.thewashingtoninstitute.org/templateC11.php?CID=84&newActiveSubNav=Turkish Research Program &activeSubNavLink=&newActiveNav=aboutUs
- Turkish Research Program Official web site
- The Washington Institute for Near East Policy Official web site
- Expert Biography for Soner Cagaptay Director, Turkish Research Program
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