- Ambassador Unal Cevikoz, President, Ankara Policy Center; Former Ambassador of Turkey to the United Kingdom (2010–2014)
- General Mieczyslaw Cieniuch, Former Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces (2010–2013); Former Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Turkey (2013–2016)
- Dr. Matthew Rhodes, Professor of National Security Studies, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
- Michal Baranowski, Director, GMF Warsaw
Turkey is a key NATO Ally with the second largest army in the Alliance and control of the vital Bosphorus Strait connecting the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. The country's geographic proximity to a number of current and potential conflict zones is of strategic importance to NATO. Recently Turkey has been experiencing conflicts with the United States as well as with the EU and several individual member states, while simultaneously improving levels of cooperation with countries such as Russia and Iran. As a result, Turkey’s place and role within NATO has become a popular topic for discussion among Turkey's NATO allies and within the country. Has there been a change in Turkey’s strategic orientation? What is the nature of the cooperation between Turkey and Russia, and how sustainable is this relationship? What is at stake for NATO members, Turkey, and the transatlantic alliance as a whole?
This panel is part of a series of events and analyses organized as part of the GMFTOBB Fellowship on Turkey, Europe, and Global Issues. The GMFTOBB Fellowship is an initiative launched by GMF in partnership with the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB).
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