Turkey's Turn? April 10-11, 2014 The Fletcher Schoo

Undergraduate and Young Professional Essay Contest

 Congratulations to our essay contest winner, James Rockas!

The Future of Turkey Essay Contest Winners Announced

The essay contest elicited a large number of strong submissions from undergraduates and young professionals alike. The Committee enjoyed reading the submissions and extends its congratulations to the following winners:

First place winners

The winner receives a $300 prize and recognition at the Turkey’s Turn conference.

Read the winning entry below.

James RockasJames Rockas
Cornell University, Class of 2014

James Rockas is a recent graduate of Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences majoring in government. At Cornell, James was an editor and global liaison at the Cornell International Affairs Review and was part of a research team focused on human rights and nuclear proliferation in Iran. He was chosen to deliver the team’s paper “Reflections on the American National Conversation Regarding Iran’s Nuclear Policy” at the Arab Institute for Security Studies conference entitled “Laying the Grounds for 2012 – Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Security” in Amman, Jordan. James previously clerked at the American Center for Law and Justice, covering US domestic and international policy as well as human rights issues in the Middle East and North Africa. James has interned with the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and has been interested in Turkey since the age of 16 when he produced and directed a documentary entitled On the Precipice of Extinction, which outlines the religious freedom and human rights issues facing the Greek Orthodox community of Turkey.

Read his winning entry:

How the West Lost Turkey

Second place winners

Winners receive a $100 prize.

  • Metin Adrian Toksoz-Exley

Honorable mentions

  • John Blasing
  • Kemal Beyaztas


The Future of Turkey Essay Contest Guidelines

Why Turkey Now?

Dean James Stavridis

"Turkey is a critical regional actor with enormous global potential as a diplomatic, economic, and security force in this unfolding 21st century."

Admiral James Stavridis, USN
Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
Former Supreme Allied Commander, NATO