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

Nathaniel Broekman, MALD 2014

Nathaniel Broekman, MALD 2014

As a Fletcher student from the United States, what makes Turkey unique and interesting?

My initial interest in Turkey was as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria. I was fascinated by Turkey’s extensive, if controversial, influence in the Balkans dating from Ottoman times and continuing today. The more I learned about Turkish history, the more I was interested by the Turkic world stretching from the Balkans to western China - a vast region of vital importance and yet relatively little understood, especially in my home country, the United States. Turkey is unique because of its truly central location on the Eurasian continent and influence in a dynamic region - it is high time that we pay closer attention.

What do you aim to learn by attending the Turkey's Turn? Conference?

Most of my previous study on Turkey has been from a geopolitical perspective - especially concerning Turkish foreign policy in the Balkans and Central Asia. I of course look forward to gaining deeper insight into this, but I’m further excited to learn more about the Turkish private sector and the dynamics of the business world.

How do you plan to put your Fletcher education to use when you graduate?

Drawing on the multidisciplinary approach at Fletcher, I plan to work in the intersection of international development and conflict resolution. Ideally, this involve returning to work in the southeastern region of Europe that I’ve come to love, and spreading out into the Caucasus and beyond.


  • Bulgarian
  • Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Turkish

Fields of Study

  • Development Economics
  • International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • Thesis: Turkish Development Aid in Bosnia-Herzegovina and its Impacts on a Fragile, Multi-Ethnic Atate.

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Bandleader and bass player, "Los Fletcheros," the Fletcher pop band

Education before Fletcher

  • BA in Music Composition and Performance, Hampshire College

Experience before Fletcher

  • Peace Corps Volunteer, Bulgaria
  • Freelance Musician and Audio Engineer, New York City

Why Turkey Now?

Dean James Stavridis

"The key question is not whether Turkey will play a global role, but rather what is the Turkish role globally."

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