May 18, 2015 

Turkish Heritage Organization Announces Three New Advisory Board Members
Think Tank adds Prominent Experts from Washington, D.C. Policy Community

The Turkish Heritage Organization (THO) announced today the launch of its Advisory Board, further deepening its pool of experts on Turkey and topics related to the U.S.-Turkey relationship. These leading researchers will aid the THO in better fostering an understanding of the complex security, trade, energy and humanitarian issues impacting the region. Joining the THO Advisory Board are Dmitri Trenin of the Carnegie Moscow Center; Frederick Starr of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); and Stephen Larrabee of the RAND Corporation.

Dmitri Trenin, Director of the Moscow Center at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, brings to the THO Advisory Board a profound understanding of the security environment impacting Eurasia. A former senior research fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome, he is poised to speak to both Turkey's role as an important NATO ally and its relations with Russia and Central Asia.

Joining Dr. Trenin on the THO Advisory Board is Frederick Starr, Chairman of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS. His involvement in the region began in Turkey, where he first worked as an archaeologist, before growing to encompass the larger region. His expertise in energy and transcontinental trade will be valuable additions to the THO's energy and economy portfolios.

A third expert joining the THO Advisory Board from the Turkish policy community in Washington, D.C. is Stephen Larrabee, Distinguished Chair Emeritus in European Security at the RAND Corporation. He brings impressive knowledge of Turkey's long history of diplomatic and military relations with the U.S., particularly his expertise in NATO, to the THO's security portfolio.

"We are delighted to welcome individuals with such a diverse and deep understanding of the issues driving cooperation and dialogue between the U.S. and Turkey to our Advisory Board," said Halil Danismaz, President of the THO. "I am confident that Dmitri, Frederick and Stephen will prove invaluable in exploring policy solutions to the challenges and prospects facing the bilateral relationship."