On his visit to Turkey in April 2009, President Barack Obama chose the term "model partnership" to describe Turkish-U.S. relations and stressed that economic cooperation between the two countries reinforces the common security interests that Europe and the United States share with Turkey. Even though U.S.-Turkish economic exchanges have nearly doubled over the past decade, there is still opportunity for further growth—especially given Turkey’s role as a regional hub connecting the Middle East with Europe and other parts of the world. The efforts of President Obama to revitalize U.S.-Turkish relations more broadly offer a tremendous opportunity for both countries to work together to craft a new and lasting relationship that will be beneficial to both sides.
Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke will discuss the future of U.S.-Turkish trade relations and its importance for strategic partnership between the two countries.
John Podesta, President and CEO, Center for American Progress
Rizanur Meral, President of TUSKON
Gary Locke, U.S. Secretary of Commerce