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tv   U.S. Senate Pro Forma Session  CSPAN  August 9, 2016 12:55pm-1:16pm EDT

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>> what is expected to be a short pro forma session, no legislative business on the schedule, the sessions are held every 3 days in august because there was no adjournment resolution passed before members started their summer break. >> the senate will come to order and the clerk will read communication to the senate. >> washington dc, august 9, 2016, and paragraph 3 of the standing rules of the senate, appoint the honorable david vedder from louisiana to perform duties of the chair,
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>> the senate finishing a pro forma session, knowledge of sessions are being held every three days in the senate until the end of the month, members will return for legislative on tuesday, september 6th. news from the senate today as the hill and other news outlets are reporting republican susan collins will not support donald trump in the general election. this picture is from politico. donald trump does not reflect historical republican values nor the inclusive approach to governing that is critical to healing divisions in our country. she goes on to write my conclusion about mister trump's unsuitability for office is based on his disregard for the precept of treating others with respect, an idea that should transcend politics. instead he opts to mock the
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vulnerable and influence prejudices, attacking ethnic and religious minorities and also says she will not support hillary clinton. collins joins senator mark kirk of illinois and representative adam kinzer of illinois, richard hanna of new york and rigel of virginia and republican numbers of congress who are backing trump. tonight on q and a politico editor susan glasser and new york times white house correspondent peter baker, husband and wife journalist talk about their careers and move to israel. q and i heirs through august, weeknights at 7:00 pm eastern time. coming up at 8:00 pm booktv primetime features books on education. first is ed bolin's and the battle for room 314.
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all this tonight starting at 8:00 eastern time on booktv primetime on c-span2. next, middle east scholars discussed turkey's political future following a military coup attempt in july. they talked about the implications of the ongoing situation in turkey for the united states, eu and nato. the turkish president will meet today with russian president vladimir putin. the two countries had diplomatic relations since the russian
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military plane last november. [inaudible conversations] >> can you hear me? we have a problem, what i am don wallace, professors always once quiet in the classroom. i want to welcome you to the national institute. you will hear from general gray of the potomac institute. our topic, the attempted coup in turkey. i have a personal interest in turkey because i served as leading advisor for aid in the middle east and a book called introduction to turkish law is in its sixth edition which is a good sign. at this point i won't say much. we know how important turkey is and everyone, turks and non-turks, know how significant various forces working on
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turkey. as an american -- i am sorry. [inaudible question] >> professors hate when students say talk louder but you are not students. can you hear me now? if you come appear you will have to do the same thing to find the mike that doesn't work. we know how important turkey is. it is important for the united states, a member of nato, central power in dealing with troubles in its neighborhood. let's see how it plays out. speak up so you don't get criticized. ..
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to our special seminar on turkey and obviously first and foremost i would like to welcome our panelists and speakers so let me first introduce them in that order. unfortunately, we do have the bios of the speakers in the package that you received, so i would not go into great details, identify them specifically to my right is dr. yayla and form early a professor and chair of sociology department in harran
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in turkey and also i may note that on his background, it was a former chief of counterterrorism and operations division for the turkey national police which some 20 years of service. next to him is dr. ciddi who is assistant professor and director of the stin -- institute. and again, he has very extensive experience particularly in academic having educated in the uk extensively in the field.
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next to him is dr. kirisci who is now the director of the center of the united states and europe turkey project at the brookings institution and also distinguished academic, worked for many, many years in turkey and you can see a long list of his very important field and particularly also deal with european union, turkey relation refugees, et cetera. next to him is dr. jonathan schanzer, vice president of research for the foundation of the defense of democracies in washington, d.c. again, if you look at his brief
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resume you look that he had dmernz the u.s. government and the department of treasury and some of the things in town and public extensively in the field. now, i would like to mention that this particular event as many others that we organize, we have cosponsors in addition to international law institute and, of course, we do have the potomic institute for policy studies and the center, international center for terrorism studies. we are honored always to have
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general gray who is going to make some closing remarks and as you know, is the 29th commander of the marine corps and senior chairman of the potomic institute. so we certainly welcome our speakers but i would like to welcome also the audience and i recognize in the audience many academics and government officials and diplomats distinguished in the area that we are going discuss and what we are going to do is to give the
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speakers and panelists the opportunity to speak for about ten minutes to be followed by q&a and certainly we welcome the input of the audience and so on. now, in addition to this, i just for one second will try to use the very sophisticated technology, if it works. okay. i do hope that you can see in the back particularly i think it is important to see the perspectthey've we are trying to achieve in a very short period of time, is to deal with some of the historical context of the turkish republic, the lessons for the present and the future
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-- [inaudible] >> implications and the security challenges related to terrorism such as the islamic state, so-called islamic state, syria and so on. government structure, economic development and so on and finally the external relations which really covers the entire world dealing all the way from un to the eu to u.s. the arab and the muslim world israel, you name it and i think it depends on the interest also of the audience. now, may i make two additional
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footnotes and then we will call the panelists to make the presentations. i'm thrilled to look at the progress as well as -- [inaudible] >> and although we are focusing today specifically on turkey, i would say you cannot deal with turkey with the challenges of opportunities without looking at the broader picture. by that, i mean the entire world, in particularly the west and the united states. i always try to look at the so-called historical lessons. for example, what happened during the months of august, this month that would commend our attention? thank you. we don't know what to do.
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so some 20 years ago 1996, you can see that osama bin laden issued a very important declaration of war against the west and against the united states and, indeed, against the entire world and particularly osama bin laden called for the attacks on americans. i am mentioning because this is an issue of national security in the united states and also abroad. so this is a broader, really, picture in terms of the challenges, so obviously turkey is one challenge that is a partner in the battle against terrorism in general.
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and the second one which i remember very vividly goes back over 40 years ago, back to 1979 when the turkish embassador in paris and its driver were assassinated by sacred army for the deliberation of armenia. i am mentioning this because everybody is focusing today and implications, but one is to look at the historical context as well in order to appreciate what's happening. now, obviously we do have the panel and you can recognize that three of the speakers are turks with background, but i want to
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make sure that the discussions, presentations of the panelists, the discussion with the audience obviously does represent the views of the -- personal views of the individuals and they do not represent necessarily the views of the cosponsors and discussion. we recognize the interest and i would like to mention one more thing academically that some of us worked on this issue for a very long time. why turkey? and i like to mention obviously the work that goes back to the 60's in terms of our studies and work on turkey, in turkey
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with turkish universities, universities in the u.s., around the world interested in turkey. also academic journal that is we publish on turkey and particularly i like to mention a publication which would develop and uncover base in turkey, at the time partnership and obviously there were many other publications that we dealt with. this is the publication that we developed at the time in order to develop a coalition around the world to deal with security concerns, and finally, also we try today focus -- we tried to focus on the challenges such as the bin laden, al-qaeda
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translated in many languages including turkish and special publications which, by the way, we published in cooperation with the international law institute on turkey and turkish interests to join the european union. so with that i would like to mention that today's seminar is another one in the many seminars that we conducted in turkey and around the world. many of the issues with -- [inaudible] >> the coup that just took place and we strive to strike a balance and therefore in that spirit, i think we can conduct the discussion today. so i would invite our panelists
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to make their presentation. initially ten minutes and then you will have your time, okay? thank you. >> ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. my name is ahmet yayla, direct director, department in turkey. i would like to start very briefly because of time. first of all, i would like to start coup attempt, democracy. i think this is so critical that
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we understand and draw our point -- [inaudible] >> rule of law which is also essential that we are respectful to human rights and freedom of speech. so first i would like to start -- [inaudible] >> everybody was up. so this was a big question as soon as it started for me. why because in the past it didn't start at 3:00 a.m. in the morning, everybody was sleeping. we have only 15 days and half of the generals in the military are arrested. 165.

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