ISTANBUL- Following highly publicized visits to the embattled countries of Ukraine and Iraq, US Vice President Joseph Biden and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoÄźlu joined a special closing session of the sixth Atlantic Council Energy & Economic Summit at the Grand Tarabya Hotel in Istanbul to discuss why energy security is crucial for resolving the pressing security challenges we face today.
Led by Ambassador Richard Morningstar, recently named the founding director of the Atlantic Council's newly unveiled Global Energy Center, Europe's Energy Security â€“ Challenges and Opportunities also featured a group of top public- and private-sector energy sector experts, including BP Vice President for the Southern Corridor Joe Murphy, US State Department Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy Robin Dunnigan, leading academics Jason Bordoff of Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy and Alan Riley of the City University of London, and Cheniere President Jean Abiteboul.
The sixth annual Energy & Economic Summit began with a welcome by Atlantic Council Chairman Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., President and CEO Frederick Kempe, Ambassador of the United States to the Republic of Turkey John Bass, and Summit Director Orhan Taner.
Ground Forces Will Be Needed, General James Jones Says
Ground troops, perhaps even Special Forces, will ultimately be required to defeat the Islamist militant army of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, General James L. Jones told the Atlantic Councilâ€™s Energy & Economic Summit in Istanbul today.
Jones, a former national security advisor in the Obama administration, said deploying ground forces is essential to avoiding a protracted war with ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham), which controls almost 30 percent of Iraq and large parts of Syria.
The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) was a hot topic of discussion at Nation State vs. Nonstate Dynamics in a Disintegrating Region â€“ Security Outlook 2015, as participants grappled with how Turkey and its partners and allies to the West can prevent the extremist group from solidifying its foothold in Syria and Iraq. The panel discussion featured the Atlantic Council's Francis J. Ricciardone, Barry Pavel, Frederic C. Hof, and Barbara Slavin, along with journalist Mustafa Akyol and Soner Ă‡aÄźaptay of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.