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IR Students meet with Former US Congressmen

The students of the Department of International Relations had the chance to meet with four former members of the United States Congress, Rep. Ben Chandler (Democrat, Kentucky), Lincoln Davis (Democrat, Tennessee), Martin Lancaster (Democrat, North Carolina) and Jim Kolbe (Republican, Arizona) in a panel discussion with the chairmanship of Prof. Michael Cain (St. Mary’s College of Maryland) at Bilkent University on Wednesday, April 10 as part of the "Congress to Campus" program. Within the framework of the program, members of the US Association of Former Members of Congress visit university campuses in the US and abroad. During these visits, bipartisan groups of three to five members hold forums and meet with students and faculty, offering an insider\'s perspective on the workings of American government and politics.

After a brief introduction, the former members of Congress had an interactive panel discussion with a group of IR students from the BA, MA and PhD programs. During the panel discussion, the former Congress members and students exchanged opinions about Turkish- American relations, the US constitution, the development of the Turkish constitution, America’s stance in the civil war in Syria, and the Turkish- European Union relations.

Nigarhan Gürpınar ( IR / MA)