President Healey was among those participating in the Institute for Strategic Dialogue’s US consultation of the Engaging Turkey Initiative, which took place June 27-28 in Washington, D.C.

According to the ISD, the meeting built on the discussions, also attended by President Healey, “that took place during the First Task Force Meeting in Istanbul in May and examined the possibilities for trilateral cooperation between the US, Europe and Turkey in regard to the ongoing crisis in Syria.”

A roundtable was hosted by Brookings on the morning of June 29th “which was formed of two sessions: the first analyzing the crisis in Syria and the impact of its possible fallout from the perspective of the three constituencies, and the second analyzing the possibilities for trilateral cooperation in regard to the humanitarian situation including around some of the political and security aspects of this growing crisis.

Attendees included distinguished members of the Engaging Turkey Task Force including Minister Yaşar Yakiş, Baroness Neville-Jones, and Juan Zarate. The event was organized in conjunction with the Brookings Institution, with generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.”

The Engaging Turkey Initiative is a Trilateral Track II Dialogue between former statesmen and women, senior business leaders and non-state actors from the US, EU and Turkey.  The goal of the project is to establish a new and complimentary trilateral mechanism for engagement with Turkey that moves beyond the narrower spheres of EU accession and NATO cooperation, in which all parties engage on an equal footing.