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

Nihal Chauhan, MALD 2014, India

Nihal Chauhan, MALD 2014

As a Fletcher student from India studying in the US, what makes Turkey unique and interesting?

While India, the country of my birth, and Turkey have developed great cultural overlap as a result of relations spanning over two millennia, my own fascination Turkey has been defined by history of this great nation. Situated at the confluence of many civilizations, Turkey has traditionally been regarded as the cultural and spiritual bridge between Asia and Europe. In 2012, I had the opportunity to travel to Turkey for over a week, witnessing first-hand not just the history and evolution of this ancient land, but also of a modern, democratic nation state striding confidently into the future. While Turkey’s unique geo-political and geo-cultural status have traditionally defined its status as a major regional power, its ability to positively influence and shape regional events/crises will propel itself onto the world stage.

What do you hope to learn by participating in Fletcher’s Turkey's Turn? Conference?

Fletcher’s Turkey's Turn? Conference will provide me with a greater insight into not just the country’s domestic political and economic landscape but also the ability to connect those domains to the prevailing regional and global order. With multiple political, economic and security crises plaguing the region, participating in Turkey's Turn? will provide a context to Turkey’s ability to navigate and shape the future of the region and cement its status as a major regional power.

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

After Fletcher, I hope marry my background in the private sector with a deep personal interest in government and political affairs to make a transition into the political risk industry.


  • English
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
  • Nepali (Nepalese)

Fields of Study

  • International Business Relations
  • Pacific Asia Regional Studies

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Student Council
  • Fletcher Political Forum
  • International Business Club

Education before Fletcher

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan

Experience before Fletcher

  • Project Associate, United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Senior Associate, International Marketing Headquarters, Hitachi Ltd., Tokyo, Japan

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