Wed, 6/27/2012 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
"istanbul galata" by DeviantArt user ~illegale

The Middle East Institute's Center for Turkish Studies
in collaboration with the Institute of Turkish Studies present:

"Regional and Domestic Challenges for an Ascendant Turkey"

June 27th, 2012
9:00am-5:00pm
National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045

Conference Schedule:

8:45am - 9:00am: Registration

9:00am – 9:15am: Welcome
Ambassador Wendy J. Chamberlin, Middle East Institute
Gönül Tol, MEI’s Center for Turkish Studies
Ross Wilson, Institute of Turkish Studies

9:15am – 10:00am: Opening Keynote
Senator John McCain
United States Senate

10:00am – 10:30am: Keynote
Amb. Namik Tan
Ambassador of Turkey to the United States

10:30am – 10:45am: Coffee Break

10:45am – 12:15pm
Panel 1: Turkey's Domestic Calculus: The Kurds, the Constitution, and the Presidential System Debate

Yalçın Akdoğan, Member of Parliament, Justice and Development Party
Ruşen Çakır, Turkish Daily Vatan
Michael Gunter, Tennessee Technological University
Levent Köker, Atilim University
Moderator: Michael Werz, Center for American Progress

12:15pm – 1:00pm: Lunch*

1:00pm – 1:45pm: Keynote
Ibrahim Kalın

Chief Adviser to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

1:45pm – 3:15pm
Panel 2: Turkey, the EU, and the U.S.: Evolving Partnerships Post-Arab Spring

Brice de Schietere, Delegation of the European Union to the U.S.
Ambassador W. Robert Pearson, IREX
Ambassador Ross Wilson, Atlantic Council
Yaşar Yakış, Center for Strategic Communication, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Moderator: Sharon Wiener, Koç University

3:15pm – 3:30pm: Coffee Break

3:30pm – 5:00pm
Panel 3: Turkey’s Leadership Role in an Uncertain Middle East

Joost Hiltermann, International Crisis Group
Yigal Schleifer, Freelance Journalist
Robin Wright, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Moderator: Abderrahim Foukara, al-Jazeera

*Complimentary lunch will be available on a first come first served basis