Atlantic Council Energy & Economic Summit Director Defne Arslan writes for Hurriyet Daily News on the opening of the seventh annual conference: 

Welcome to Istanbul and the 2015 Atlantic Council Energy & Economic Summit.

This annual summit, our seventh, convenes at what may very well be an important inflection point in our history. The unprecedented challenges and opportunities that we are confronted with today underscore the importance of the Atlantic Council’s mission: To foster the transatlantic relationship and help shape policy choices to build a more secure future.

Our summit has become a preeminent venue for global business and government leaders to share a common platform and discuss ways to address daunting challenges and harness exciting opportunities.

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