In April 2013, a leadership delegation from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs traveled to Turkey to explore the country’s momentous transformation. The delegation met with senior officials, business and civic leaders, academics, and journalists and visited three cities: Istanbul, Ankara, and Kayseri. Turkey, which made its reputation as a NATO stalwart with the alliance’s second largest army, is today the world’s 17th largest economy.
Chicago Council President Marshall M. Bouton and Vice President Rachel Bronson, a noted expert on the Middle East, accompanied the group and provided their insights on four aspects of Turkey’s transformation: economic transformation, new foreign policy and challenges, the Kurdish question, and domestic politics and constitutional change.
The Chicago Council strives to connect Chicago’s leaders to the world. Annual leadership study missions are an important part of this effort. Delegates gain new insights from direct interaction with leaders in key regions of the world, enhancing their understanding of global affairs and, in turn, sharing the knowledge and perspectives they bring back from their travels to enrich Chicago. In addition, top-level contacts made during study missions increase awareness of The Chicago Council among thought leaders around the world.