Ali Cinar

Ali Cinar

Ali Cinar has been in journalism since 2002 starting with Turk of America Magazine (www.turkofamerica.com) which is the first Turkish-American magazine in the U.S. He was accredited by United Nations in 2007 and State Department in 2010 .He has also half page column called “Agenda in the U.S.” at Milliyet Newspaper that is one of the most well-known Turkish daily newspapers published in Istanbul, Turkey since 1950 ( https://www.milliyet.com.tr/yazarlar/ali-cinar/ ) He was written opeds on Washington Post, World Affairs, Washington Times, U.S News, SAIS (John Hopkins University Publication) and quoted on The Jerusalem Post, NBC News(quotation), The Politico Europe Fox News and many more. He is a member of United Nations Correspondent Association, American Press Association, NY Press Club, Association of Foreign Correspondents in the USA and Society of Professional Journalist. He appeared on PBS News Hour, CBNC, FOX Business, Fox News Radio, Bloomberg TV, Bloomberg Radio, BBC TV, BBC Radio, NewsMax TV, Al Jazeera English, Canada TV, Al Jazeera Arabic, I24 News, Voice of America, France 24, CGTV, SkyNews, CNN Turk, NTV, Haberturk TV, A News, TRT Haber, Ekoturk TV, TRT World and Halk TV. Over the course of his career, Cinar has earned a number of accolades including Leader of the Year by the Assembly of Turkish American Association, One of the Top 10 Most Successful Young People by Junior Chamber International (JCI), and one of the 50 Most Influential Turkish Americans by Turk of America Magazine. Ali Cinar was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2019 and was the youngest Turkish American to receive this distinction in over 30 years.He received a "Community Service Award' by NYPD MT&S. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the Istanbul University, Cinar moved to the United States to continue his education. While completing his master’s degree at the University of New Haven, he worked as a Research Assistant at the Communication Department. During that time he also served as the President of the International Students Association and was awarded the “Outstanding International Student” Award. Cinar has earned various executive certificates from Harvard University, MIT and New York University.

Is the Biden Administration ready for a post-Netanyahu?

Journalist Ali Cinar had an interview with Distinguished Experts on the recent developments in Israel. The speaker of the Israeli parliament notified lawmakers today of the opposition’s announcement of a coalition to unseat veteran premier Benjamin Netanyahu. Per Israeli media,the notification will set in motion preparations for a confidence vote in the new government, which will now likely be held on Wednesday or the following Monday.

Dan Arbell, Scholar in Residence, Center for Israel Studies American University

New Government:

It is a historic opportunity, as this new governing coalition (if approved by Knesset) will include for the first time an Islamist Arab party (Ra'am). This can help in bringing down tensions between Arabs and Jews after violence erupted during the last round of fighting between Israel and Hamas.

U.S-Israel Relations:New Era?

After years of tensions between Netanyahu, Obama and Biden, the new govt. can bring to a reset and improved relations with the Biden Administration, airing out differences (over Iran and the Palestinian issue) in private and not in public.

Israeli -Palestine Conflict and Solution

The conflict will be managed but not resolved. Bennett and Lapid agreed to maintain the status quo which means no annexation, limited settlement activity, no negotiations on a two-state solution, continued security coordination and support for economic projects in the West Bank and assisting international humanitarian efforts in Gaza.

Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Executive Director of the New York City Board of Rabbis

“For many years the state of Israel has had extremely close ties especially under the previous Trump administration. With the new Administration coming in to Israel I still feel that overall net net relations will be strong but perhaps a little shift in American approach on geopolitical matters including more of a supporting role that Washington will play with the Palestinians. “

Dov Zakheim(Senior Advisor at CSIS, Fellow at CAN, Former Pentagon Official)

New Government Efforts and U.S-Israel Relations under Biden Administration

There is definitely a prospect for improving relations with the US. The new Government would not be as nakedly partisan as Netanyahu and his ambassador in Washington, Dermer, were. This will help improve relations with Democrats, who control Congress as well as the Executive Branch. Likewise, the new government will be more cautious about settlement expansion and not be as brazen as the Netanyahu governments were.

The new government is far more acceptable to the majority of Jewish Americans, most of whom also happen to be Democrats. Finally, the new government may oppose a new Iran deal, but will cast its opposition in a far less hysterical way than did Bibi and his minions.

Future of Israel and Palestinians Situation

The new government is so broadly based that movement on the peace process will be difficult. On the other hand, the government depends on Arab Israeli support. That means more resources to improve the lives of ordinary Israeli Arabs and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. Also, the government may not eliminate settlement construction but it will be far more restrained and will probably avoid expelling Arab residents from their homes

Positive Atmosphere in Greece

The Greek and Turkish media reported that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu and his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias was held in a sincere atmosphere and that major problematic issues were discussed.
 
Turkish Foreign Minister  underlined that the Turkey and Greece agreed to 25 items in areas of cooperation to improve bilateral ties and have begun to work on joint action and cooperation on tangible projects such as health and tourism.
 
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said the following statement during the press conference "The purpose of today's meeting was to attempt an initial negotiation process and if possible, a gradual normalization of the situation over time."
 
Turk of America asked Dr George N. Tzogopoulos who is Senior Research Fellow at CIFE regarding latest developments between Greece and Turkey
 
"Greece and Turkey are demonstrating a kinetic energy in pushing negotiations forward. The relaunch of exploratory talks, the organization of meetings of defense delegations on confidence building measures and the bilateral and multilateral meetings of foreign ministers Dendias and Cavusoglu show that it is in their mutual interest to talk to each other. 
 
The forthcoming June meeting between PM Mitsotakis and President Erdogan is expected to be the most important  meeting of the two countries’ leaderships for years. I don’t expect breakthroughs because the two countries disagree on many political issues, and they are both aware. But I am hopeful that the meeting between PM Mitsotakis and Erdogan will help Greece and Turkey to find a liturgical way to cooperate on themes such as tourism, COVID-19, trade, investments, the refugee crisis, culture etc. 
 
The implementation of a positive agenda will perhaps restore some trust that was absent in the last years. In the interim, as long as Turkey is in the process of recalibrating its relations with both the USA and the EU , Greece envisages new synergies.
 
 The June NATO Summit to be followed by the EU Council will set the way forward. Beyond the general framework, both countries have to make sure that the 2020 crisis will not be replicated by using new instruments, including NATO deconfliction mechanism"

Wendy Sherman:"Productive Discussion in Ankara"

The Biden administration paid their first high-level visit to Ankara. US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman arrived in Ankara. Sherman made a statement to the Turkish media and talked about the Erdogan-Biden meeting expected to be held on June 14th. Sherman said, "I believe this summit is very important in terms of emphasizing the positive aspects. The President will express the concerns, especially Turkey's direction in terms of human rights and democracy. Turkey is a strategic and world-renowned power. We are working very closely. We are working together with Turkey for world order and ensuring that every party abides by the global rules regarding Afghanistan and Libya affairs".

'The purchase of S-400s is causing problems within the NATO alliance.'


The US Deputy Secretary stated, "We have offered alternatives for S-400 sanctions imposed on Turkey. Now it's up to Turkey to decide", and added:
"The purchase of S-400s is causing problems within the NATO alliance. We have offered an alternative. Now, they know well what they must do. I hope we will find a common path. This technical detail is not a big thing; it's not political. Turkey is aware of the situation and knows what actions it must take. We have also discussed how these actions will be taken. This will be Turkey's decision."
 

'The sole purpose of the relations with YPG is to defeat ISIS.'

Sherman said, "The sole purpose of the US-YPG relations is to defeat ISIS."
Explaining the recent Syrian elections and their expectations for the forthcoming term, Sherman said, "Non-genuine elections are not acceptable. We stated that Russians had no intention to participate in the dialogue. This is for democratic elections, but it's for the best interest of Syrian people."

'Business Leaders are seeking predictability for investment.'

Having also talked about economic relations, Sherman explained Washington's view on Turkey. Sherman emphasized human rights and the rule of law and said, "Everybody is talking about a big potential, but businessmen are seeking predictability for cooperation. These are our main areas of concern."
'It's sad to see you withdraw from the Istanbul Convention.'

US Deputy Secretary of State also talked about Washington's view on Ankara: "President's decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention has been quite bad for women's rights. We are very saddened; such incidents create concerns."

In addition to Anitkabir, Wendy Sherman visited Turkey's President's Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin, Turkey AmCham Board Members, Women, and LGBTQ Associations, as well as the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew,

"Hutchinson: The future for natural gas and LNG is bright!"

LNG Allies will be organizing a "Virtual Meet-and-Greet Turkey-U.S. LNG Interests" on June 1st. Turk of America Journalist Ali Cinar interviewed  Fred H. Hutchison President & CEO LNG Allies, (The US LNG Association) on the LNG opportunities between U.S. and Turkey
 
What is your expectation for your upcoming Turkey-U.S. LNG conference?

The event that LNG Allies has arranged with the Turkish Embassy in Washington on June 1 will introduce our members to key energy and trade officials within the Embassy and the Turkish Consulate in Houston, to be briefed by officials in Ankara on the Turkish natural gas market, and for our companies to be able to interact with Turkish counterparts. It is part of a “virtual meet and greet” seminars series we have organized over the past year in markets of interest to the U.S. LNG industry given the difficulty of travel due to Covid.

How do U.S. based LNG companies work with Turkish business? 

Turkey is an important market for U.S. LNG exporters. Over the past 12 months (through March 2021), Turkey was the eighth largest market for U.S. LNG exports globally and the third largest in Europe. LNG Allies and our companies have met regularly with Turkish government officials, regulators, and the Turkish energy industry to share our experiences and encourage closer collaboration. These relationships are strong and getting stronger.

What is your organization expectation from Turkish companies/Turkey?

We expect demand for natural gas in Turkey to continue to increase given Turkish economic growth, as well as government efforts to address climate change and diversify sources of energy supply. The flexibility, reliability, and price competitiveness of U.S. LNG has been appreciated by Turkish companies. So, we anticipate Turkey will be a growth market for our exports. We hope to see Turkish companies sign long-term contracts with U.S. LNG suppliers to further strengthen this relationship.

Where do you see the LNG business in five years?

The future for natural gas and LNG is bright. Even in 2020 — when energy demand dropped globally due to the pandemic — demand for LNG grew by two percent to reach 360 million metric tons (MMT). In five years, global LNG demand is expected to rise to around 420 MMT, and the United States will become the top LNG exporting nation. LNG improves energy security and can provide reliable, low-carbon electricity, generating important baseload power when combined with renewables. While most LNG demand growth will be in Asia, we see opportunities in Europe as well, in particular in Turkey.

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