The Middle East Institute Center for Turkish Studies' Fourth
Annual Conference on Turkey




9:00am-9:45 am
Keynote Address:
Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), United States House of Representatives

10:00am-11:30 am
Panel 1: Crisis in Syria: Can Turkey Rise to the Challenge?

Volkan Bozkir, Grand National Assembly of Turkey
Steve Heydemann, United States Institute of Peace
Robert Ford, U.S. Ambassador to Syria
Anne Richard, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, U.S. Department of State
Moderator: Robert Worth, New York Times

11:30am-12:00pm: Lunch (Sponsored by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Strategic Research Center)

Panel 2: Debating Turkish Foreign Policy in a Changing Global and Regional System

Bülent Aras, Turkish Foreign Ministry`s Center for Strategic Research
Şaban Kardaş, TOBB University of Economics and Technology
Mesut Özcan, Turkish Foreign Ministry`s Center for Strategic Research
Moderator: Tolga Tanış, Hürriyet

1:00pm-1:45 pm
Keynote Address:
Besir Atalay, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey

1:45pm-2:00pm: Break

Panel 3: Is a Turkey-PKK Peace Deal Finally Possible?

Ayse Betül Çelik, Sabanci University
Christopher Harmon, Marine Corps University
Moderator: Aliza Marcus, Author and Journalist

3:15pm-3:30pm: Break

3:30pm-5:00 pm
Panel 4: The Turkey-Iran-Iraq Nexus

Henri J. Barkey, Lehigh University
Alireza Nader, RAND Corporation
Denise Natali, National Defense University
Moderator: Phebe Marr, Author and Historian