The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination will host a lecture, "Turkish Foreign Policy and Economic Issues in the 21st Century," by M. Levent Bilgen, Turkish Consul General, on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. in Bowl 1, Robertson Hall on the Princeton University Campus. The event is free and open to the public. The lecture is co-sponsored with Near Easter Studies, the Princeton Middle East Society, and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.
Before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey in 1995, Mr. Bilgen served as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., In addition, he served at various posts at the Turkish Embassies in Beijing (1997-1999), and Tel-Aviv (1999-2002), as well as at the Permanent Representations to the United Nations Headquarters/New York (2003-2007), and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)/Montreal (2009).
Most recently in Ankara, Mr. Bilgen served as the Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the National Security Council (2007-2009). Mr. Bilgen was appointed to Toronto in November 2009, to establish the Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey. After serving in Toronto for two years, Mr. Bilgen has been appointed to New York and assumed his duties as Consul General in December 2011.
Mr. Bilgen received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management at George Mason University (GMU) in Virginia. He later received his Master of Arts degree in International Transactions at the Faculty of Humanitarian and Social Sciences at GMU.