The Turkey-U.S. Business Council (TAIK) on Thursday hosted a special programme devoted to understanding the presidential election in the United States and U.S.-Turkish relations. Joining host Cüneyt Özdemir was a group of former U.S. congressmen and political operatives, who now work for the public relations powerhouse, one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the …
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The European Commission-financed project PRO-RES (Promoting Ethics and Integrity in Non-Medical Research (https://prores-project.eu/) is working on creating an ethical research framework that applies to both academic and non-academic research.
At the core of this project is the Accord, which is a statement of broad principles that organisations can sign up to, including a commitment to only use research that is undertaken ethically. It recognises that high-quality research is a pre-condition for evidence-based policy-making.
But an ethical framework cannot simply be imposed top-down. It should be developed by the sector itself, and adhering to such a framework must be incentivised rather than mandated. It should reward those organisations that stick to the rules while creating disadvantages for the black sheep.
Turkey and Azerbaijan aren’t bereft of lobbying power now without Mercury, which Turkey hired in January on a contract scheduled to run through the end of the year, according to a copy filed with the Justice Department. The firm was charged with helping to organize events that would let Turkey “connect with public policy stakeholders” and with advising the Turkish government on media relations.
Turkey also retains the lobbying firms Capitol Counsel and Greenberg Traurig while Azerbaijan’s government retains BGR Group, according to disclosure filings. The countries’ lobbyists include former Reps. Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.), Charles Boustany (R-La.), Randy Forbes (R-Va.) and Albert Wynn (D-Ma.).
New Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) documents show Washington-based lobbying firm Mercury Public Affairs has filed a new revision to report that its working relationship with the Turkey-U.S. Business Council (TAIK) “may be supervised or directed by” Turkish government representatives and “may inure to their benefit”. The revised FARA documents were first reported by Eli Lee, …
Rudy Giuliani has drawn substantial scrutiny in recent months over his alleged efforts to run a shadow foreign policy for Donald Trump in Ukraine. But the former New York City mayor isn’t the only lawyer for Trump who has become involved in a US foreign policy matter. Last year, Jay Sekulow, while serving as a personal …
the murky political career of Sen. Menendez and his alleged dealings, as well as his close ties with the Armenian and Greek lobbies, which allocate significant resources to their obsessive lobbying activities against Turkey, should provide an answer for those who seek to propagate that parliamentary resolutions on “Armenian genocide” in the U.S. and elsewhere are the confirmations of historical truth by impartial people for their moral and humanitarian concerns.