Turkey as Energy Bridge from Asia to Europe(Video Available)

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Turkey’s Role as Energy Bridge from Asia to Europe

Introduction: Glen Howard President The Jamestown Foundation

Presenters: Vladimir Socor Senior Fellow

The Jamestown Foundation

Ambassador Mithat Balkan

Former Energy Coordinator for Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Senior Advisor

Calik Energy

Zeyno Baran

Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Eurasian Policy

Hudson Institute

Ambassador Mithat Balkan is Senior Advisor at Calik Energy, a Turkish energy company. During his 37-year career with the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs—from which he retired in 2007—Ambassador Balkan worked extensively on energy and economic issues, including actively participating in negotiations for the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan crude oil pipeline. He also served in posts in Tehran, Washington, Geneva and Vienna; he served as ambassador to Iran and Austria.

Zeyno Baran is Director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Eurasian Policy. She also is a Senior Fellow at Hudson, where she has worked since 2006. Ms. Baran has previously worked at the Nixon Center and CSIS, specializing in Caspian energy issues. In recognition of her prominent contribution to the development of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline and the South Caucasus gas pipeline projects, she was awarded with the Order of Honor by Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze in May 2003.

Vladimir Socor is a Senior Fellow of The Jamestown Foundation and its flagship publication, Eurasia Daily Monitor (since 1995), where he writes a daily analytical article. An internationally recognized expert on the former Soviet-ruled countries, he covers Russian and Western policies in Eurasia, focusing on regional security issues, secessionist conflicts, energy policies and NATO-related developments. Mr. Socor is a frequent speaker at U.S. and European policy conferences and think-tank institutions and a guest lecturer at the NATO Defense College and at Harvard University’s National Security-Black Sea Security Program. He is also a frequent contributor to edited volumes. Mr. Socor was previously an analyst with the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Research Institute.


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