Turkey in Motion

Event Date: 
Friday, February 29, 2008
Event Time: 
4:30 p.m.
016 Robertson Hall

Egemen Bagis, Member of Turkish Parliament and AK Parti Vice-Chair of Foreign Affairs, will present a public lecture, “Turkey in Motion,” on Friday, February 29 at 4:30 p.m. in 016 Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus. This event and an associated conference were co-sponsored by LISD, the Woodrow Wilson School, Near Eastern Studies, the EU Program at Princeton, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the Transregional Institute, and the Center for French Studies. It was free and open to the public.

Egemen Bagis is an elected member of the Turkish Parliament and Vice-Chair of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti). He was first elected to parliament in 2002 as a deputy of Istanbul. After his re-election in 2007, Bagis was also elected as the party’s vice chair in charge of foreign affairs. As a vice-chair, he is a member of the AK Parti’s Executive Board, the party’s highest body. Bagis is the party’s contact person for international relations and diplomacy. His duties include directing and coordinating the party’s national and international network and local branches on foreign policy matters.

During his first parliamentary term in 2002-2007, Bagis also served as foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Chair of the Turkey-USA Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Caucus, Chair of the NATO-PA Subcommittee on Transatlantic Relations, and Deputy Chair of the Turkish delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.