THE ATATÜRK SOCIETY OF AMERICA
presents a panel discussion, open to the public, on
"The Role of Secular Governance in World Peace:
Reaffirming Atatürk’s Vision"
“Turkish Leadership on the Global Stage isn't Sustainable Absent Atatürk's Vision”
Michael Rubin is a former Pentagon official whose major research areas are the Middle East, Turkey, Iran and diplomacy. He holds a BA in Biology and the Ph.D. in History from Yale University. Rubin instructs senior military officers deploying to the Middle East and Afghanistan on regional politics, and teaches classes regarding Iran, terrorism, and Arab politics on board deploying U.S. aircraft carriers. Rubin has lived in post-revolution Iran, Yemen, both pre- and post-war Iraq, and spent time with the Taliban before 9/11. He is the author of Dancing with the Devil: The Perils of Engaging Rogue Regimes.
“Why The World Should Follow Atatürk, Rather Than See Turkey Abandon Him“
Sean Faircloth is Mayor of Bangor, Maine and author of “Attack of the Theocrats! How the Religious Right Harms Us All – and What We Can Do About It.” Of the book, Bill Nye, “The Science Guy,” said, Faircloth “makes such a compelling case.” Faircloth’s 2014 speech, “Can Secular Government Survive in a Muslim Nation?” delivered in Istanbul, garnered 200,000 views on YouTube and "dailymotion," despite Turkey’s Youtube ban at the time. He has given multiple speeches with over 10,000 YouTube views. In serving ten years in the Maine legislature, including a term as Majority Whip, he successfully spearheaded over thirty laws, many promoting science and the
scientific viewpoint. He also had the idea for the Maine Discovery Museum, and led the multi-million dollar project to completion, a facility credited with “restoring the heart" to the downtown of his city. Sean Faircloth is a cum laude graduate ofthe University of Notre Dame, and he graduated from Hasting College of the Law.
“Reason, a Prerequisite for Lasting Peace”
Metin Camcıgil is a graduate of Ankara University Law School. He started his career in the Turkish diplomatic service, subsequently served as Director of Foreign Relations and Secretary of the Turkish Atomic Energy Commission. Thereafter, he served as Legal Officer in the International Atomic Energy Agency, and retired as Special Assistant to the Director General. In retirement, he has served as a legal counsel to several international organizations in the nuclear field. Subsequently, he was the President of the Atatürk Society of America, and a Trustee of the Global Foundation. Currently, he writes on political and social matters concerning Turkey and the international community.
Burak Şahin is a member of the Executive Board of the Atatürk Society of America. He is a technologist with the business intelligence firm MicroStrategy. His career of 18 years has spanned various roles at startups and the defense industry as a program and engineering manager, scientist, consultant and analyst; and his work has appeared in scientific publications and been awarded patents. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Boğazici University and the Ohio State University, respectively, and is currently enrolled in the Executive MBA Program at Georgetown University. Mr. Şahin has served in a variety of roles in the non-profit community for over 10 years, and is also a member of the Board of Directors of Turkish Policy Center.
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Thursday, April 21, 2016
Katzen Art Center, Abrahamson Recital Hall
Ward Circle at 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW,
Washington, DC 20016
Ataturk Society of America