Past Speakers

DIPLOMATS


Adam Ereli

Former Ambassador Deputy Spokesperson, State Dept

James Jeffrey

U.S. Ambassador for Syria Engagement

Matthew Bryza

Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council Former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia

Amb. Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley

Former Ambassador to the Republic of Malta

Ambassador Lincoln P. Bloomfield Jr

Former US Ambassador & distinguished Fellow & Chairman Emeritus at the Stimson Center

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

Co-Founder of People Demand Change, Former Syrian Diplomat

John Herbst

Director of Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council and Former Ambassador to Ukraine

Lukman Faily

Former Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S.

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

Yavuz Selim Kıran

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Turkey

Mehmet Ogutcu

Former Turkish Diplomat & Chairman, Global Resources Partnership, UK

MILITARY OFFICIALS


Retired General Wesley Clark

Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander

James Stavridis

Retired Navy Admiral-Former EU NATO Commander

Colonel Rich Outzen

Senior Military Adviser, State Department

General James T. Conway (Ret.)

Member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff & 34th Commandant of the US Marine Corps

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

Major General Ahmet Bertan Nogaylaroglu

(Ret) Former Armed Forces Attache at the Turkish Embassy in Washington

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)

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.)

Admiral Michelle Howard

Four-star navy admiral who served as the commander of United States Naval Forces Europe

Colonel Wes Martin

Retired Colonel in US Army

Ben Hodges

Lieutenant General

Gary Roughead

US Admiral

ACADEMICS/THINK TANKS/INSTITUTIONS

Prof. Charles Kupchan

Former THO Speaker, Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University and former White House Official

Prof. Stephen Walt

Former THO Speaker and Professor of International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School of Government discusses America’s strategy in the Middle East

Dr. William J. Parker III

Chief Operating Officer, EastWest Institute

Luke Coffey

Director of the Heritage Foundation

Paul McCarthy

Regional Deputy Director of Europe, International Republican Institute

Prof. Elizabeth Ferris

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

Michael Pregent

Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute

Paolo von Schirach

President of the Global Policy Institute

Dr. Richard Weitz

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

Prof. Azeem Ibrahim

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

Chuck Freilich

Senior Fellow, International Security Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University

Prof. Michael M. Gunter

Professor of Political Science at Tennessee Technological University, THO Advisory Board member

Frances G. Burwell

Distinguished Fellow, Atlantic Council

Prof. Abraham Wagner

Professor of national security and intelligence at Columbia Law School & Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies on Terrorism

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

Prof. 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

Brenda Shaffer

Georgetown University & Atlantic Council

Joshua Walker

CEO of Japan Society & Fellow at the German Marshall Fund

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

Daniella Pletka

VP, American Enterprise Institute

Shadi Hamid

Senior Fellow with the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institute

Katherine Miller

Institute of International Education (IIE)

Nicholas Heras

Fellow at the Center for New American Society

Prof. Nora Fisher Onar

Coastal Carolina University & German Marshall Fund

Prof. Ilter Turan

Istanbul Bilgi University

Selcuk Sirin

New York University

David Livingston

Deputy Director of Climate and Advanced Energy at the Atlantic Council

Ozgur Ozdamer

Visiting Fulbright Scholar, SAIS Johns Hopkins

Abdullah Kedo

A member of Yekiti Party and the Political Commission of ENKS

Abdulaziz Tammo

President of the Independent Kurdish Association

Farouk Belal

Co-Founder of the Syrian Culture House

Shlomo Bolts

Syrian American Council Policy and Advocacy Officer

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

The Chairman of the Executive Committee of the World Uyghur Congress

Wa'el Alzayat

CEO, Emgage Foundation

Hamdi Rifai

Executive Director for the Council of the United Syrians and Americans

Giorgio Cafiero

CEO, Gulf State Analytics

Erich Frandrup

Senior Navy Fellow, Atlantic Council

Prof. Joseph Nye

Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard University

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

Christopher J. Bolan

Senior Fellow in the Middle East Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute

James Carafano

Vice President, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, and the E. W. Richardson Fellow

Prof. Elena Pokalova

Associate Professor of Security Studies at the College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University, USA

Prof. Isil Acehan

Visiting Professor at George Mason University

Dr. Waleed Tamer

President of the North Free Doctors Syndicate

Prof. Ferhat Pirincci

Dept. of International Relations at Uludag University

Prof. 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

Prof. 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

Prof. Stephen Sestanovich

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

Bart Oosterveld

Director, Global Business and Economics Program at the 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

Representative of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People

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 and CEO, 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

Prof. Michael Reynolds

Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University

Damon Wilson

Executive Vice President of the Atlantic Council

Dr. Matthew Kroenig

Author and Deputy Director of Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council

Dr. Maher Azzouz

Syrian American Medical Society Chair

Prof. Oya Dursun-Ozkanca

Professor of Political Science and Endowed Chair of International Studies, Elizabethtown College

Dr. Ahmet Sozen

Director of Cyprus Policy Center and a faculty member in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Eastern Mediterranean University

Dr. Ersin Kalaycioglu

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Sabanci University

Julia Friedlander

C. Boyden Gray Senior Fellow and Deputy Director at the Atlantic Council

Dr. Garret Martin

Term Faculty & Co-Director Transatlantic Policy Center at the American University

Suzanne Sahloul

Founder and Executive Director of the Syrian Community Network

Dr. Karim Mezran

Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council

Dr. Gwen Sancar

President of Aziz & Gwen Sancar Foundation

Dr. Can Kasapoglu

Asst. Prof. of War Studies and Security Studies at Edam Fellow at German Institute for international and Security Affairs

Douglas Ollivant

ASU Future of War senior fellow at New America

Prof. Gurkan Kumbaroglu

Professor at Department of Industrial Engineering of Boğaziçi University

James Farwell

Associate Fellow at King's College in London and Nonresident Fellow at Middle East Institute

Danielle Piatkiewicz

Research fellow at EUROPEUM

Guven Sak

TEPAV Area Studies Program Director

Dr. Burak Kuntay

President of Center for American Relations at Bahcesehir University

Prof. Rumeyza Kazancioglu

Professor at Bezmialem Hospital

Dr. Altay Atli

Scholar based in Istanbul, Turkey, working in the areas of global political economy, international business and foreign policy.

Dr. Robert Atkinson

Founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)

Moran Stern

PhD candidate in Government & Politics at the University of Maryland and a Graduate Fellow in Advanced Israel Studies

Prof. Mark Meirowitz

Dr Mark Meirowitz is Professor of Humanities at SUNY Maritime College.

Prof. David Romano

Professor of Middle East Politics at Missouri State University

Peter Sparding

Transatlantic Fellow of the Europe Program at the German Marshall Fund

Tarik Oguzlu

THO Contributor and Faculty member of the Department of Political Science and International Relations and Director of the Center for Social, Economic and Political Research at Antalya Bilim University

Glen Howard

President of Jamestown Foundation

Eva Savelsberg

President of the European Center for Kurdish Studies, Germany on Kurdish groups

Radhika Coomaraswamy

Member of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar

Dr. Bayram Ozturk

President Turkish Marine Research Foundation (TUDAV)

Dr. Hala Al Ghawi

Syrian refugee in Turkey, who briefed the United Nations Security Council and Co-founder of the Families for Freedom movement

Louis Charbonneau

United Nations Director at Human Rights Watch

Maria Fernanda Espinosa

President of the United Nations General Assembly

Sarah Khalbuss

THO Non-Resident Fellow for Syrian Refugees and Refugee Integration

Ozge Taylan

THO Non-Resident Fellow for Security, Economy, and History

Selma Bardakci

THO Non-Resident Fellowship Co-Chair

Barbara Slavin

Director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council, columnist for Al Monitor

Prof. Sanford Silverburg

Professor Emeritus in the Department of History and Politics at Catawba College, THO Advisory Board member

Lawrence Cenk Laws

LLM, Koc University and 2018 Summer Research Program participant

Meriam Salem

2018 Summer Research Program participant

Ryan McCarthy

2018 Summer Research Program participant

Kinga Karlowska

2018 Summer Research Program participant

Barak Barfi

Research fellow at New America

JD Gordon

President of Project American Today

Meto Koloski

Co-Founder and President of the United Macedonian Diaspora

Mouaz Moustafa

Executive Director for the Syrian Emergency Task Force

Mary Addi

Professional Educator

Daniel Bennett

Director of the Millennium Leadership Program (MLP) with the Atlantic Council

Dr. Edward J. Erickson

Member of THO’s Advisory Board and is a Scholar-in-Residence at SUNY Cortland

Laura Batalla

Secretary General of the European Parliament’s Turkey Forum

Remi Hassoun

Syrian Activist

Lina Sergie Attar

Co-Founder & CEO of Karam Foundation

Kemal Kirişci

Nonresident senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe's Turkey Project at Brookings

Robert L. McKenzie

Nonresident fellow at New America

Kathleen Newland

Senior Fellow and Co-Founder of the Migration Policy Institute

Brian Salant

Research Assistant with the Migration Policy Institute’s International Program

Dr. Stephen Larrabee

Distinguished Chair in European Security at the RAND Corporation

Herbert Reginbogin

Fellow at The Catholic University of America & THO Advisory Board Member, United States of America

Fariz Ismailzade

Vice Rector of the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy

Prof. Dr Mitat Celikpala

Professor at Kadir Has University

Dr George N. Tzogopoulos

Senior Research Fellow at the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) and Visiting Lecturer at the European Institute affiliated with it.

Yusuf Alabarda

MBA (Int’l Defense & Resources Planning and Management) PhD

Prof. Mustafa Aydin

President of the Turkish Franchise Association

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS


Robert Wexler

Former Congressman, Turkish Caucus Co-Founder

Edward Whitfield

Co-Founder of the Turkish Caucus and Former U.S. Congressman

Pete Sessions

Co-Chairman of Turkish Caucus, Former Members of Congress

Michael Doran

Former Senior Director, National Security Council

Dr. Hande Bozatli

AER Honorary President

Douglas Hengel

Senior fellow contributing to George Marshall Fund’s work on global energy, climate, and resource challenges, with a particular focus on European energy security

Edwin Truman

Former Assistant Secretary of Treasury

Alparslan Bayraktar

Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey

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

President of Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD)

Cliff Stearns

Former Congressman

Dr. Kerem Kinik

President of Turkish Red Crescent

Ms. Jana Mason

UNHCR

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

Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) & Served as Director of the Center for Strategic Research at the Institute for National Strategic Studies

Molly Montgomery

Vice President in Albright Stonebridge Group’s Europe practice

Joel Rubin

National security lobbyist and media commentator & Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs in the Obama Administration

Fatma Sahin

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

Ramin Asgard

Former Political Advisor, US Central Command

Sedat Onal

Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister

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

Mary Beth Long

Founder of M B Long & Associates, PLLC, an international legal and advisory firm First woman confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as Chair of NATO’s High Level Group

Salih Hudayar

Elected as the Prime Minister of the East Turkistan Government-in-Exile

Lord Northbrook

House of Lords, UK Parliament, United Kingdom, member of the Parliamentary Group Friends of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

Prof. Ergun Olgun

Former Undersecretary of the Presidency, Former Chief Negotiator, Northern Cyprus

Riza Tuna Turagay

Turkish Deputy Minister of Trade

Hulusi Akar

Turkish Defense Minister

ECONOMICS/FINANCE


Raci Kaya

IMF Executive Director

Jennifer Miel

Executive Director, U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Turkey Business Council

Khush Choksy

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Gary Clyde Hufbauer

Nonresident Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economic

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

Dr. Enis Baris

Epidemiologist & Advisor at the World Bank

Hasan Mandal

Head of TUBITAK (Turkey's leading agency for the management, funding, and conduct of research)

JOURNALISTS


Guy Taylor

National Security Team Leader at The Washington Times

Shawn Turner

National Security Analyst at CNN and the Director of Communication at the 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

CNN

Bora Bayraktar

CNN Turk

Naskah Zada

CCTV America

Yusuf Erim

TRT World

Qubai Shahbandar

Fellow in New America's International Security program. Former defense intelligence officer and Department of Defense foreign affairs

Mark Hall

Producer of the Documentary, “Killing Ed”

Lara Seligman

Pentagon Correspondent, Foreign Policy

Sara Firth

Middle East Correspondent, TRT World

Carla Babb

Pentagon Correspondent of the Voice of America

Jaffar Hasnain

Journalist

Joyce Karam

Washington Bureau Chief for Al-Hayat Newspaper

Priyali Sur

Global development professional, and an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker

Ferdi Ferhat Ozsoy

Project Director of “Why am I in Turkey”

Mujeeb Khan

Part of a Prominent Group of Scholars with Extensive Fieldwork, Khan on Gulen Movement's Involvement in the Coup Attempt

Ayca Aydogdu

News Presenter at TRT World office in London