CHP's Vision for Turkey: An Address by Chairman Kılıçdaroğlu
On December 2, the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution hosted Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), for an address on Turkey, its foreign policy, and its relations with the United States. In his remarks, Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu offered CHP’s vision for the future of Turkey, with a particular focus on Turkish democracy and economics. He also reflected on Turkey’s role in its neighborhood and offered thoughts on its transatlantic relations.
Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu has served as the chair of the CHP since May 2010. He was first elected in 2002 as a member of the Turkish parliament (MP) for the Istanbul province. He was reelected as an MP in 2007 and served as CHP’s group vice president until declaring his candidacy for the leadership of the party. Prior to his political career, Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu served in numerous high-ranking positions in the Turkish Ministry of Finance and the Social Security Organization.
Brookings Acting Vice President for Foreign Policy Ted Piccone introduced Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu. At the conclusion of his remarks, Brookings TÜSİAD Senior Fellow Kemal Kirişci moderated the discussion.
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