GSF Seminar: ‘Turkey’s Role In An Emerging Network World’ – Monday 8th February 2010

48_rotateOn Monday 8th February 2010, Global Strategy Forum hosted a seminar on ‘Turkey’s Role in an Emerging Network World’. The seminar, which was the initiative of GSF Advisory Board Member Hüseyin Gün of Avicenna Capital, took place in the House of Lords. With the participation of a high level Turkish delegation, including HE Egemen Bagis, the Turkish State Minister for EU Affairs, the event provided a series of expert perspectives on how and where Turkey can bring her influence to bear effectively on the wider international scene, focusing on Turkey’s position as a hub connecting east and west, both strategically and politically. It explored the growing influence and role of Turkey, westwards in terms of its relationship with the EU but also eastwards, in terms of its relationship with the Middle East and the broader region and the wider, constructive role that Turkey can play in regional issues and beyond, in a period of rapid change. The seminar was chaired by the Rt Hon Michael Ancram MP, Chairman of Global Strategy Forum and speakers included: HE Egemen Bagis, Turkish State Minister for EU Affairs; Dominic Grieve QC MP, UK Shadow Justice Secretary; HE Kursad Tuzmen, Former State Minister and Chairman of External Affairs, Justice and Development Party; Rt Hon the Lord Howell of Guildford, Shadow Deputy Leader of the Lords and Shadow Minister for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs; HE Yasar Yakis, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs; Lord Wallace of Saltaire, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader, House of Lords, Spokesperson for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs; Suat Kiniklioglu MP; AK Party Deputy Chairman of External Affairs, Chairman of the Turkish-British Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group; Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, Liberal Democrat MEP (South East Region) 1999-2009; Dr Ibrahim Kalin, Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister of Turkey; Lord Hannay of Chiswick, GCMG, CH, Ambassador and UK Permanent Representative to the UN (1990-1995) and Special Representative for Cyprus (1996-2003);Nursuna Memecan MP, Member of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly and AK Party Deputy Chairman of Communications; and Mehmet Öğütçü, Director, International Government and Corporate Affairs, BG Energy Holding Group. A summary of the proceedings is available by clicking above and the proceedings will be published in full at a later date.

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