United States Vice President Joe Biden will address a special closing session of the Atlantic Council’s sixth annual Energy and Economic Summit in Istanbul on November 22, 2014, where he is expected to discuss the political, security, and energy challenges facing the transatlantic community and the wider Eurasian region.

“The Economic and Energy Summit has become a premier gathering where key business and public policy decision-makers can convene to learn about the world and get real work done,” Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe said. “We are delighted that we can offer Vice President Biden this platform with such a high-profile audience to engage in a rich conversation about this region and the vital role in shaping the economic and resource landscape of the future.”

The Atlantic Council’s Energy and Economic Summit aims to foster and strengthen transatlantic engagement on regional and global energy, economic, and political challenges in the countries in the wider Eurasian region around Turkey.  Each year, the summit gathers top government and business leaders to promote a greater sense of community, common destiny, and cooperation in the region.  This year’s theme is “Doing Business in Turbulent Times,” and will focus on bridging gaps by bringing together business executives, political leaders and policy experts. 

The summit will open on November 20, 2014 and will feature keynote remarks from Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Ali Babacan, European Commissioner for Energy and Climate Change Miguel Arias Canete, United States Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, and Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz.