Northern Illinois University

NIU Office of Public Affairs

News Release

Contact: Joe King, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-4299

October 21, 2008

NIU’s College of Business to host
conference on Turkish role in future of energy

DeKalb, Ill. — Turkey’s increasingly important role in the global economy, especially regarding energy, will be the focus of a half-day conference at Northern Illinois University, Wednesday, Nov. 12.

The primary speaker will be Kenan Ipek, counsel general of the Republic of Turkey in Chicago, who will present a talk titled, “Turkey and Its Neighborhood: Political and Economic Prospects.” Joining him in the program will be Patrick Hope of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The event is co-sponsored by NIU’s College of Business and the Central Asian Productivity Research Center and is the latest in the CAPRC series on global energy security.

The program will focus on the economic and political role of Turkey within a global perspective. Topics to be covered will include turmoil in the Caucasus, the Balkans and the Middle East, volatile commodity prices and rising energy security concerns.

Turkey is emerging as a major player on the world stage. The country’s strategic location makes it a natural "energy bridge" between major oil producing areas in the Middle East and Caspian Sea regions on the one hand, and consumer markets in Europe on the other.

The country also is a growing economic power and by 2014 is expected to account for 50 percent of the European Union’s per capita income. Turkey also has become an increasingly attractive country for foreign investors with more than $42 billion in foreign investment in the last two years alone.

The event will be held in the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center on the DeKalb campus of NIU. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and a breakfast will be available. Speakers will begin at 10 a.m. and the program will conclude at noon, followed by lunch. Tickets to attend the conference, but not lunch are $8 for affiliates of NIU and CAPRC and $15 with lunch. For non-affiliates, tickets are $15 without lunch and $25 with lunch.

For more information, or to register, call (708) 246-5556.

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