BRUSSELS—Sinan Ülgen, visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe, has been invited by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to participate in a policy experts group tasked with providing new ideas on how to strengthen the alliance’s transatlantic ties.
Ülgen, a former Turkish diplomat whose research focuses on the implications of Turkish foreign policy for Europe and the United States, is director of the Istanbul-based Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM.) He and nine other think tank heads from across Europe and North America will join the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and a group of young leaders to find ways to strengthen the transatlantic bond.
The groups’ recommendations will be reviewed at a conference in Brussels in June and will feed into the September NATO Summit in Wales.
“I am honored to have been invited to join this expert group, which is meeting at a critical juncture in the history of the alliance,” Ülgen said. “We shall endeavor to identify a set of concrete proposals that can be taken on board by NATO leaders.”
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