Three Turkish government leaders are set to speak at a Jan. 29-31 conference in Atlanta focusing on Turkey’s future.

Two members of the Turkish Grand National Assembly will join U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia and former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Mark Parris as speakers at the “Alliance of Civilizations: Turkey at the Crossroads of Cultures” conference hosted at Kennesaw State University.

The legislators are Cuneyt Yuksel and Suat Kiniklioglu, who is also spokesperson for the Turkish Legislature’s foreign relations committee.

Mehmet Aydin, state minister of Turkey and co-chair of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, will deliver a video address to kick off the event.

The Alliance of Civilizations is a body initiated by the governments of Spain and Turkey in 2005 under U.N. auspices to fuel cross-cultural understanding and reduce extremism.

The event is a highlight of the “Year of Turkey” at Kennesaw State. More than 40 scholars from Algeria, Cyprus, Turkey and the U.S. will speak in panel discussions and present papers.

The event is hosted by Kennesaw State, the Istanbul Center and the Alliance of Civilizations.

For a full list of guests and a schedule of events, click here

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