On December 9, the German Marshall Fund of the United States’ (GMF) Washington, DC chapter of its Young Transatlantic Network (YTN) hosted Ambassador Marc Grossman for a candid, off-the-record conversation on Turkey and its evolving role between Europe and the Middle East. With European Union membership negotiations ongoing and a bid for regional influence rejected by large swaths of the Middle East, Turkey is increasingly isolated. Its latest dispute with the United States over a proper response to the war in Syria has strained Turkey’s relations with NATO.
In addition to these regional concerns, the domestic situation in Turkey has also significantly deteriorated in the last year. After eleven years under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey now finds itself at a major crossroads. This context provided a timely backdrop for a lively dialogue amongst participants. The event was moderated by GMF Non-Resident Fellow Dr. Joshua W. Walker, and was attended by over 50 young professionals from the diplomatic, think tank, academic, government, private, and media sectors.
The (YTN) is a flagship initiative of GMF specifically geared toward young professionals. The network aims to strengthen transatlantic relations by offering the next generation of leaders opportunities to critically engage on core challenges facing Europe and the United States, as well as new issues posed by the increasing geographic reach of transatlantic cooperation. GMF currently has YTN chapters in Brussels, Berlin, Warsaw, and Washington, DC.