Past Speakers


Serdar Kilic

Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to the United States

Elin Suleymanov

Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United States

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

Francis Riccardione

Former U.S. Ambassador

Lincoln Bloomfield

Former Ambassador, Former NSC Official

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


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

Mark Kimmitt

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


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)

Barry Pavel

Senior Vice President, Atlantic Council, Former NSC Official

Michael Doran

Former Senior Director, National Security Council

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


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

Ilan Berman

Senior Vice President, American Foreign Policy 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

Ilker Basbug

26th Turkish Joint Chief of Staff General

Mevlut Cavusoglu

Turkish Foreign Minister


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