Speakers: Ambassador James Jeffrey (The Washington Institute for Near East Policy) and Dr. Ömer Taşpınar (Brookings Institution)
Event Date:
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 12:00pm
Herrick Feinstein (2 Park Avenue)

The American Turkish Society is pleased to present a panel discussion on the pressing foreign policy, security, and humanitarian demands for Turkey and the U.S. caused by the rise of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

The speakers are:

  • Ambassador James Jeffrey (Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and Iraq, and currently at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy)
  • Dr. Ömer Taşpınar (Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution)

The speakers will speak on the respective topics:

Ambassador James Jeffrey will speak on areas of possible cooperation between the United States and Turkey in the area of foreign policy and obstacles facing such cooperation.

Dr. Ömer Taşpınar will speak on how Turkey's domestic politics, including its Kurdish question, affect Turkey's response to the ISIS challenge as well as interdynamics of different Kurdish organizations in Turkey, Syria, and Iraq.

This discussion will be moderated by Mr. Noel Lateef, President & CEO of the Foreign Policy Association.

This event will be priority access and free for corporate members (Please email diana.shin@americanturkishsociety.org for a coupon code). Ticket price for individual members is $30 and $50 for non-members.

Turkey's Foreign Policy Challenges in the Middle East (download)

Event Date:
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 6:00pm
Tina Kim Gallery, 545 West 25th St New York, NY 10001

 The Moon and Stars Project of The American Turkish Society is proud to co-present The World of My Father the first U.S. photography exhibition of Nuri Bilge Ceylan the acclaimed film director.

The American Turkish Society, Tina Kim Gallery, and Dirimart have partnered to present the first exhibition of Nuri Bilge Ceylan's photography in the United States. Ceylan was the winner of the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Festival for Winter Sleep. The exhibition will explore how photography remains a foundational aspect of Ceylan's cinematic work. In The World of My Father, Ceylan turns his formidable gaze to Mehmet Emin Ceylan, a charismatic figure who played prominent roles in Ceylan's first three films, Clouds of May (1999), The Small Town (1997), Cocoon (1995). Viewers familiar with Ceylan's films will be delighted to see Ceylan's same commitment to subtle imagery in his photographs.

Exhibition presented by


Special thanks to Opening Reception Sponsors for their generous support.

Speakers: Dr. Michael Marrese (JP Morgan), Mr. Paul Rawkins (Fitch Ratings)
Event Date:
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 12:00pm
Baker & McKenzie's Corporate Headquarters (452 Fifth Ave, New York, NY)

The American Turkish Society will bring together a panel of experts to discuss challenges and opportunities for Turkey's financial markets.

The speakers are:

  • Dr. Michael Marrese (JP Morgan, Head of EMEA Emerging Markets)
  • Mr. Paul Rawkins (Fitch Ratings, Senior Director & Team Leader for Emerging Europe)

The panel discussion will be moderated by Mr. Murat Koprulu, Chairman of the Board at The American Turkish Society and Head of Emerging Markets Group at Mariner Investment Group.

This event will be priority access and free for corporate members (Please email diana.shin@americanturkishsociety.org for a coupon code). Ticket price for individual members is $35.00 and $50 for non-members.

held in Istanbul, Turkey on June 19
Event Date:
Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 3:30pm
Istanbul, Turkey

The American Turkish Society hosted its inaugural Young Society Leaders (YSL) Summit on June 20, 2014 at Sabancı corporate headquarters in Levent, Istanbul. The first-ever Young Society Leaders (YSL) Summit provided a unique opportunity for participants to take a deep dive into topics ranging from politics, culture, economics, bilateral U.S.-Turkey relations and more.

The afternoon sessions were comprised of two panels:one on "U.S.-Turkey Ties: The Future in Global Context" and the other on "Turkey: Ways to Enhance Pluralism."

For media coverage, please see the following:

Young Society Leaders Gather in Istanbul (Hurriyet Daily News)

The Future of U.S.-Turkey: People-to-People and Young Society Leaders of the American Turkish Society (Huffington Post)

Young Society Leaders Gather in Istanbul (CNN Turk)

Young Society Leaders Gather in Istanbul (Hurriyet)

Opening date: Friday, May 16; Closing date: Sunday, May 25
Event Date:
Friday, May 16, 2014 - 6:00pm
SVA Theatre (333 West 23rd St between 8th and 9th Avenues)

The Moon and Stars Project, the arts & culture program of The American Turkish Society, is proud to present the 13th Turkish Film Festival. With the generous contribution of the signature sponsor Chobani, the festival will be held on May 16-25, 2014 at the School of Visual Arts Theatre. This year’s festival will build upon the success of “A Space Between: A Panorama of Cinema in Turkey,” a major retrospective of cinema from Turkey that featured twenty-nine films from 1958 to the present, which was co-presented by The Moon and Stars Project and The Film Society of Lincoln Center in 2012. This year’s festival will screen a selection of nine remarkable feature films, including two inspiring documentaries, and two collections of short films. The selected films address diverse themes such as poverty in the neighborhoods of Istanbul that have been subjected to gentrification, romance and human connection that transcend national borders, and identity issues concerning immigrant children.

For ticket purchases, please visit the official website at www.newyorkturkishfilmfestival.com

Speaker: Dr. Kemal Kirisci of the Brookings Institution
Event Date:
Friday, May 9, 2014 - 12:00pm
Baker & McKenzie (452 5th Ave)

Dr. Kemal Kirisci of the Brookings Institution will speak on U.S.-Turkey trade relations as well as the importance of including Turkey in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Presentation Abstract:

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) if successfully negotiated and concluded will create a deeply integrated marked commanding 45 percent of world GDP and close to 25 percent of world trade. TTIP aspires to go beyond just trade liberalization but also harmonize regulatory issues both with respect to trade and investments. Turkey is deeply integrated with the EU through its customs union. Impact studies show that a Turkey left outside TTIP will be economically adversely affected. Yet, it is not just economic relations that would be at risk here. TTIP has also an important geo-strategic dimension to it. Excluding Turkey from TTIP risks weakening Turkey’s connections to the Transatlantic community and commitment to the values of this community. How could these economic and political challenges be met? Are there ways in which Turkey could be engaged by TTIP? Could TTIP become a vehicle for re-anchoring Turkey into the Transatlantic community? Against the crisis unfolding in Ukraine these are critical questions for the EU and the U.S. too. The talk will try to discuss these questions.

Event Date:
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 9:30am
The Pierre Hotel (2 East 61st)

Presented by Borsa Istanbul and Istanbul Financial Center Initiative, this special event will be comprised of a morning session followed by lunch. Priority access and attendance to this event will be available for our current individual and corporate members.

Please contact diana.shin@americanturkishsociety.org for more information.

Lecture: April 10, 6 PM - 8 PM & Workshop: April 11, 9 AM - 3 PM
Event Date:
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 6:30pm
ISAW 2nd floor Lecture Hall (15 East 84th Street)

The American Turkish Society and the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) at New York University are pleased to present their seventh lecture and workshop in their series on the archaeology of Turkey.

On Thursday, April 10th at 6:00pm, Drs. Marcella Frangipane and Mehmet Isikli will present on their excavations at Arslantepe/Malatya and Ayanis. Professor Marcella Frangipane will speak on the excavations of Arslantepe, in the Upper Euphrates drainage basin, and how recent excavations show Arslantepe (near the modern-day city of Malatya) in the 4th and 3rd millennia BCE to have been at the nexus of connections with Mesopotamia to the south, western Anatolia, and the Kura-Araxes Culture of the South Caucasus. Professor Mehmet Isikli will speak on the excavations of Ayanis Castle, one of the best preserved of Urartian Castles. Located 35 km north of the city of Van, Ayanis castle is on the eastern shore, 300 meters inland from Lake Van. The excavation at Ayanis has been ongoing since 1989 and is now in its 25th year of operation.

The event is free and open to the public, however space is limited and per-registration is required. You may register using the link below.

Professor Marcella Frangipane is Professor of Prehistory of the Near and Middle East at the University of Rome, La Sapienza. She earned her PhD in Archaeology-Prehistory from La Sapienza in 1974. She has been working at the site of Aslantepe in Malatya for 38 years and is now Director of the excavation. She is the recipient of several scientific awards, including the title of ‘Cavaliere dell’ ordine della Stella della Solidarieta’. Author of many books and publications, she is also the current editor of the journal ORIGINI (Journal of Prehistory and Protohistory of Ancient Civilizations).

Professor Mehmet Isikli, is Associate Professor of Archaeology at Atatürk Universty in Erzurum, Turkey. He earned an MA and Pd.D in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology at Ege University in İzmir, Turkey. He has worked at many excavation and survey projects in Anatolia. His specialty is Eastern Anatolia and Southern Caucasus Archaeology, namely Early Bronze Ages. He is currently director of the excavations at Ayanis Urartian Castle in Van, Turkey.

On April 11th, the following day, a workshop organized by Professors Lorenzo d'Alfonso and Karen Rubinson will take place. It will explore the concept of borders within the landscape of pre-classical Anatolia and the South Caucasus, areas with highly varied physical geographies and both past and recent political borders that have biased interpretation of archaeological information. To register for the workshop on April 11th, please use the ISAW website here.

This program is made possible by a generous sponsorship by Archaeological Tours.

Speakers: Dr. Nouriel Roubini, Co-Founder & Chairman of Roubini Global Economics & Mr. Murat Koprulu, Head of Emerging Markets Group, Mariner Investment Group LLC & Chairman, The American Turkish
Event Date:
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 12:00pm
Baker & McKenzie (452 5th Ave)

Dr. Nouriel Roubini, Co-Founder & Chairman of Roubini Global Economics, will speak on Turkey's financial and economic outlook in conversation with Mr. Murat Koprulu, Head of Emerging Markets Group at Mariner Investment Group LLC & Chairman of The American Turkish Society.

This event will be priority access and free for corporate members. Ticket price for individual members is $35.00 and $50 for non-members.

Members Breakfast (9 - 11 AM) @ ATS Office, 10th Floor, and Google Hangout (9:30 - 11:30 AM)
Event Date:
Friday, March 14, 2014 - 9:00am
ATS Offices (54 W 40th St New York NY 10018, 10th Floor Conference Room)

To coincide with a visit from our friends at Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey (KAGIDER), we will be hosting a Members' Breakfast at our office at 54 W 40th St along with a Google Hangouts broadcast of a panel discussion on empowering women through inclusive business and entrepreneurship in Turkey and around the world. Members of The American Turkish Society are welcome to join us at our offices for breakfast and mingling, and everyone is encouraged to watch the discussion panel broadcast online. So, join us in person or online and please post your questions ahead of the discussion either at the hangout or tweet @FollowTurkey.

The panel discussion will feature:

**Ingrid Vanderveldt will be calling in via Google Hangouts, but all other speakers will be present at the Members' Breakfast.

Members' breakfast will be provided by Simit & Smith. For more information about becoming a member, please see here.