Past Speakers


Adam Ereli

Former Ambassador Deputy Spokesperson, State Dept

James Jeffrey

U.S. Ambassador for Syria Engagement

Matthew Bryza

Former U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe and Asia, Senior Non-Resident Fellow at Atlantic Council

Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley

Foreign Policy Advisor, U.S. Cyber Command, Former U.S. Ambassador to Malta, Former NESA Director for Arabian Peninsula, National Security Council-White House

Lincoln Bloomfield

Former Ambassador, Former NSC Official

Francis Riccardione

Former U.S. Ambassador

Serdar Kilic

Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to the United States

Elin Suleymanov

Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United States

Nicholas Burns

U.S Ambassador to NATO (Former)

Robert Ford

US Ambassador to Syria (Former)

Seyed Hossein Mousavian

Iranian Ambassador (Former)

Bassam Barabandi

Syrian Foreign Affairs Ministry Official (Former)

John Herbst

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine-Uzbekistan (Former)

Lukman Faily

Iraq Foreign Ministry (Ret.Ambassador)

Dan Arbell

Israel Foreign Affairs Ministry Official (Former)

Sir Robert Cooper

UK Foreign Affairs Ministry/EU (Retired)

Joachim Bitterlich

Former German Amb. to NATO

Cagatay Erciyes

Former Turkish Amb. to Lebanon and ICAO., Director General for Bilateral Political and Maritime-Aviation-Border Affairs (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Turkey)

Amb. Selcuk Unal

Director General for Syria, Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Robert Cekuta

Former U.S Ambassador to Azerbaijan


General (ret.) Wesley Clark

Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Past THO Speaker

James Stavridis

Retired Navy Admiral-Former EU NATO Commander

Colonel Rich Outzen

Senior Military Adviser, State Department

James Conway

34th Commander of U.S Marine Corps General

Daniel Christman

Retired United States Army Lieutenant General, Former Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, Senior Counselor for International Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Ilker Basbug

26th Turkish Joint Chief of Staff General

Mark Kimmitt

Retired Brigadier General -16th Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs

Ahmet Bertan Nogaylaroglu

Turkish Air Force Major General (Ret.)

Ali Deniz Kutluk

Turkish Navy Rear Admiral (Ret)

Dr. Naim Baburoglu

Turkish Brigadier General (Ret.)

Ismail Hakki Pekin

Turkish Military General(Ret)

Salih Zeki Colak

General Commander of the Turkish Land Forces(Ret)

Peter B. Zwackis

Brigadier General (Retired)

William J. Parker

President of National Defense University Foundation

Col. Brian Cook

U.S. Army War

Ahmet Zeki Ucok

Military Judge (Former)

Mesut Casin

Turkish Air Force (Former)

Cem Gurdeniz

Turkish Admiral (ret.), Director of Koc University Maritime Forum, Former THO Speaker

General (Ret.) Ergin Saygun

Former Deputy Chief of the Turkish General Staff

Kadir Sagdic

Turkish Navy Vice Admiral (Ret.)

Robert Spalding

U.S. Air Force (Brig. Gen. Ret.)


Charles Kupchan

Professor of International Affairs in the School of Foreign Service and Government Department at Georgetown University, Former White House Official

Stephen Walt

Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Dr. William J. Parker III

Chief Operating Officer, EastWest Institute

Luke Coffey

Director, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy, The Heritage Foundation

Paul McCarthy

Regional Deputy Director of Europe, International Republican Institute

Dr. Elizabeth Ferris

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute; Research Professor, Georgetown University; and Commissioner, Women’s Refugee Commission

Michael Pregent

Fellow, Hudson Institute; former intelligence officer with over 28 years of experience, including at CENTCOM; Fox News commentator

Paolo von Schirach

President, Global Policy Institute

Dr. Richard Weitz

Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Political Military Analysis at Hudson Institute

Azeem Ibrahim

Research Professor, U.S. Army War College; Senior Fellow, Center for Global Policy

Chuck Freilich

Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School

Michael M. Gunter

Professor of political science and sociology at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville

Dov S. Zakheim

Senior Fellow at Center for Naval Analyses, former Undersecretary of Defense (Comptroller)

Frances G. Burwell

Distinguished Fellow, Atlantic Council

Dr. Abraham Wagner

Adjunct Prof., Columbia University

Prof. Cagri Erhan

Rector, Altinbas University

Prof. Carlos Vegh

Johns Hopkins University

Prof. Akif Kirecci

Bilkent University

Prof. Zeliha Kocak

Executive Board Member of the Council of Higher Education of Turkey

Prof. Umran Inan

President of Koc University

Professor Mehmed Ozkan

President of Bogazici University

Prof. Mustafa Kibaroglu

MEF University

Yahya Al Aridi

Spokesperson, Syrian Negotiations Commission

Dr. Sahar Khan

CATO institute

Ilan Berman

Senior Vice President, American Foreign Policy Council

Dr. Raphael Danzigeris

AIPAC Official (Former)

Defne Arslan Sadiklar

Director, Atlantic Council Turkey

Moran Stern

Georgetown University

Brenda Shaffer

Georgetown University & Atlantic Council

Joshua Walker

German Marshall Fund & Georgetown University

Soner Cagatay

Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Sinem Vatanartiran

President, Bay Atlantic University

Mariam Jalabi

Rep. of the Syrian National Coalition to the United Nations

Daniell Pletka

VP, American Enterprise Institute

Shadi Hamid

Brookings Institute

Katherine Miller

Institute of International Education (IIE)

Prof.Michael Reynolds

Princeton University

Nicholas Heras


Prof. Nora Fisher Onar

Coastal Carolina University & German Marshall Fund

Prof. Ilter Turan

Istanbul Bilgi University

Selcuk Sirin

New York University

David Livingston

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Ozgur Ozdamer

Visiting Fulbright Scholar, SAIS Johns Hopkins

Abdullah Kedo

A member of Yekiti Party and the Political Commission of ENKS

Abdulaziz Tammo

Independent Syrian Kurdish Association, President

Farouk Belal

Syrian Activist, Co-Founder of Syrian Cultural House

Shlomo Bolts

Policy and Advocacy Officer, Syrian American Council

Ammar Al Selmo

White Helmets Volunteer From Idlib

Bassam Rifai

National Board Chairman, Syrian American Council

Dr. Geoffrey F. Gresh

Department Head of International Security Studies, National Defense University

Omer Kanat

Chairman of the Executive Committee, World Uyghur Congress Director of the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP)

Wa'el Alzayat

CEO of Emgage Foundation and former advisor at the U.S. Department of State

Hamdi Rifai

Executive Director, Council of United Syrians and Americans

Giorgio Cafiero

CEO, Gulf State Analytics

Erich Frandrup

Senior Navy Fellow, Atlantic Council

Joseph Nye

Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus

Reuf Bajrovic

Co-Chair, US-Europe Alliance

Abbas Kadhim

Senior Fellow & Director, The Iraq Initiative, Atlantic Council

Prof. Dr. Huseyin Bagci

Dept. of International Relations, Middle East Technical University

Dr. Christopher Bolan

Senior Fellow in the Middle East Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and Professor of Middle East Security Studies at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College

James Carafano

Director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies and Vice President of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies at The Heritage Foundation, E.W. Richardson fellow

Elena Pokalova

Chair of the College of International Security Affairs at the National Defense University

Isil Acehan

Visiting Professor at George Mason University

Dr. Waleed Tamer

President of the North Free Doctors Syndicate

Professor Ferhat Pirincci

Dept. of International Relations at Uludag University

Robert Ross

Professor of Political Science at Boston College, and Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University

Sophie Richardson

China Director at Human Rights Watch

Louisa Greva

Director of Global Advocacy at Uyghur Human Rights Project

Dr. Zaher Sahloul

President of Med Global

Kaveh Khoshnood

Faculty Director of Innovate Health, Yale University

Derya Unutmaz

Professor at the Jackson Laboratory

Ian Brzezinski

Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative, Scowcraft Center for Strategy and Security at Atlantic Council, and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Policy

Stephen Sestanovich

Professor for the Practice of International Diplomacy at Columbia University, Former U.S. State Department and National Security Council Official

Bart Oosterveld

Senior Fellow for the Global Business and Economics Program, Atlantic Council

William Alan Reinsch

Senior Adviser and School Chair in International Business, Center for Strategic and International Studies

William Wechsler

Director of the Hariri Center and Middle East Programs, Atlantic Council

Benjamin Friedman

Senior Fellow and Defense Scholar, Defense Priorities

Ayla Bakkalli

Crimean Tatars Representative at UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Andrij Dobriansky

Representative of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America

Ufuk Ulutas

Chairman of Center for Strategic Research, Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Adam Lupel

Vice President at International Peace Institute

Luke Knittig

Senior Director of Communications at the McCain Institute

Ragip Kutay Karaca

Director of Inst. of Social Sciences, Istanbul Aydin University

Bill Clifford

President, World Affairs Councils of America

Peter Van Praagh

President, Halifax International Security Forum

Nursin Atesoglu Guney

President of the Center of Mediterranean Security (CEMES)

Daniel Kochis

Heritage Foundation

Oktay Tanrısever

Chair, Department of International Relations, Middle East University


Robert Wexler

Former Congressman, Turkish Caucus Co-Founder

Ed Whitfield

Former Congressman, Turkish Caucus Co-Founder

Pete Sessions

Co-Chairman of Turkish Caucus, Former Members of Congress

Michael Doran

Former Senior Director, National Security Council

Hande Bozatli

Honorary President of Assembly of European Regions

Douglas Hengel

Former Assistant Secretary of Energy

Edwin Truman

Former Assistant Secretary of Treasury

Alparslan Bayraktar

Turkey’s Deputy Under Secretary of Energy and Natural Resources

Dr. Berat Albayrak

Turkey’s Minister of Treasury and Finance

H.E. Ruhsar Pekcan

Turkish Minister of Trade

Mevlut Cavusoglu

Turkish Foreign Minister

Prof Gulnur Aybet

Senior Advisor to the President of Turkey

Fuat Oktay

Vice President of Turkey

Binali Yildirim

Prime Minister(Former)

Mehmet Simsek

Deputy Prime Minister(Former)

Dr. Mehmet Gulluoglu

AFAD President

Cliff Stearns

Former Congressman

Dr. Kerem Kinik

President of Turkish Red Crescent

Ms. Jana Mason


Colin Bradford

USAID (Former Chief Economist)

Dov S. Zakheim

Department of Defense (Former Official)

Barry Pavel

Senior Vice President, Atlantic Council, Former NSC Official

Dr. Denise Natali

National Defense University

Molly Montgomery

VP at Albright Stonebridge Group, Former State Department and White House Senior Official, Special Advisor to the Vice President for Europe and Eurasia

Joel Rubin

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for House Affairs, State Department

Fatma Sahin

Mayor of Gaziantep and President of the Union of Municipalities of Turkey

Ramin Asgard

Former Political Advisor, US Central Command

Sedat Onal

Turkey’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

Ghassan Hitto

Co-Founder & CEO, Syrian Forum - First Head of an Interim Government

Fikri Isik

Former Defense Minister of the Republic of Turkey

Mehdi Eker

Turkish MP, Chairman of Turkish-American Inter Parliamentary Friendship Group

Joe Wilson

U.S. Congressman, Co-Chair of Turkish Caucus


Raci Kaya

IMF Executive Director

Jennifer Miel

US Chamber of Commerce

Khush Choksy

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Gary Clyde Hufbauer

Peterson Institute for International Economics

Howard Beasey

President of ATC

Mustafa Ilbeyli

US Representative, Invest Turkey

Monica De Bolle

Peterson Institute for International Economics

William Zarit

Chairman, American Chamber of Commerce in China

Gary Hufbauer

Nonresident Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economic


Guy Taylor

National Security Team Leader, The Washington Times

Shawn Turner

CNN National Security Analyst; Director of Communication, Center for a New American Security

Ragip Soylu

Washington Correspondent, Daily Sabah

Richard Leiby

Editor and Writer, The Washington Post

Nedim Sener

Milliyet & Posta Newspaper

Samantha Vinograd


Joyce Karam

Al Arabiya

Bora Bayraktar

CNN Turk

Naskah Zada

CCTV America

Yusuf Erim

TRT World

Qubai Shahbandar

TRT World

Mark Hall


Lara Seligman

Pentagon Correspondent, Foreign Policy

Sara Firth

Middle East Correspondent, TRT World

Carla Babb

Pentagon Correspondent of the Voice of America