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The Turkish Research Program is one of the centers of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, located in Washington, DC.



The program was founded in 1995. Under the leadership of founding director Alan Makovsky and interim director Helena Kane Finn, the center introduced the Washington policymaking community to Turkey's leading political, diplomatic, military, and academic figures.[1]

The speakers for the center's events have included, among others, Suleyman Demirel, who thanked the Institute and program for furthering relations between Turkey and the United States[2], and Abdullah Gul. During his speech at the Institute, the latter remarked the following regarding the program: "I would like to thank the Turkish program of the Institute for their kind invitation to share my thoughts with you on a number of developments in Turkey and in our region.[...] I have benefited a great deal from the valuable work of The Washington Institute. I know that many other Turkish politicians, diplomats, scholars, and journalists have also had fruitful and useful exchanges with the members of the Institute."[3]

Since 2003, the director of the Turkish Research Program is Soner Cagaptay.[4]

Mission statement

The Turkish Research Program's goal is to actively engage policymakers in discussion about Turkey's political, diplomatic, and strategic environment. Through its research and publications, Policy Forum luncheons, media appearances, congressional testimony, and seminars – along with special programs such as the Turgut Ozal memorial lecture series and the Turkish Military Fellowship[5] – the Turkish Research Program attempts to discern trends in foreign relations of Turkey and the impact those trends may have on both U.S. interests and US-Turkish relations.

Turgut Ozal Memorial Lecture

The Washington Institute established the Turgut Ozal Memorial Lecture to pay lasting tribute to the late Turkish president and to raise the profile of Turkish policy issues in the Washington community. The annual event features a prominent statesman or scholarly expert on Turkey. Those featured include:[6]

Regarding the Turgut Ozal Memorial Lecture, Bill Clinton has given the following praise: “The establishment of this annual lecture series is a fitting tribute to the memory of a great President of the Republic of Turkey and a true friend to the United States.”[7]



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Articles and op-eds

Videos and Audio




  1. ^ Turkish Research Program - About Us http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC11.php?CID=59
  2. ^ "Turkey: A Role Model at Turbulent Crossroads," featuring Suleyman Demirel (April 27, 1999) http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC07.php?CID=182
  3. ^ "U.S.-Turkish Relationship: Prospects and Perils," featuring Abdullah Gul (July 25, 2003) http://www.thewashingtoninstitute.org/templateC07.php?CID=157
  4. ^ Soner Cagaptay http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC10.php?CID=3
  5. ^ Turkish Military Fellowship http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC11.php?CID=82&newActiveSubNav=Turkish_Research_Program_&activeSubNavLink=&newActiveNav=aboutUs
  6. ^ Turgut Ozal Memorial Lecture http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC11.php?CID=84&newActiveSubNav=Turkish_Research_Program_&activeSubNavLink=&newActiveNav=aboutUs
  7. ^ Turgut Ozal Memorial Lecture http://www.thewashingtoninstitute.org/templateC11.php?CID=84&newActiveSubNav=Turkish Research Program &activeSubNavLink=&newActiveNav=aboutUs

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