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The eleventh meeting of the Trilateral Strategy Group (TSG), organized in partnership with the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD), Koç Holding and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, and with additional support from the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey and the Transatlantic Foundation, was held in Istanbul on May 6-8.
The theme for this meeting was “Trends and Shocks: Trilateral Perspectives on Developments that Matter” with panels on energy prices, G-20, a nuclear deal with Iran, Turkey and the European Union, and European neighborhood and “new” terrorism. Conducted under the Chatham House Rule, the two-day discussion brought together 50 participants from the U.S., EU, and Turkey from the public, private, and NGO sectors. The event kicked off on May 6 with an opening dinner at the Rahmi Koç Museum. The first discussion began with a welcome from GMF President Dr. Karen Donfried; Lars Wahlund, ambassador of Sweden to Turkey; and Cansen Başaran Symes, president of the Turkish Industry and Business (TÜSIAD); and Béla Szombati, charge d'affaires ad interim of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey. After the welcoming remarks, the first discussion explored the current status of the energy markets and the G-20’s reaction to them. The second session made an assessment of the nuclear deal with Iran and discussed its repercussions. The first-day discussions concluded with the panel on Turkey and the European Union. During the evening participants gathered for a dinner hosted by Jens Odlander, the consul general of Sweden.
On the second day, discussions started with a panel on the trilateral perspectives of the European neighborhood. The eleventh Trilateral Strategy Group meeting concluded with a panel titled “Dealing with the “New Terrorism.”” TSG participants included Pierre Lellouche, member of parliament, France; Pierre Lellouche, spokesperson for foreign affairs, Union for a Popular Movement (UMP); and Murat Özçelik, vice chairman, foreign relations, Republican People’s Party (CHP); as well as many other distinguished policymakers, intellectuals, and business representatives.