Discussions covered local election results, the June 2015 parliamentary elections, the August 2014 presidential elections and who might run in them, and the Twitter and YouTube ban.
The Turkish economy, recent developments in Crimea and Ukraine, where Turkey’s future energy supplies might come from and Turkey’s proposed membership of the EU were also discussed.
The new airport at Istanbul, the urban renewal project in Istanbul, Turkey’s relationship with Cyprus, allegations of corruption, the strategic direction of Turkey and changing values in the country were also the subject of the informed debate.
Companies represented at the table included Diageo, G3, Tesco, AIG , ANZ and BP.
The Public Policy series, which consists of private briefings with high-level political figures, is open exclusively to Asia House corporate members.