Saturday, May 30, 2009

Dispatch from Istanbul - An Interview with Allen Collinsworth

By Andrea McMahan
June 3, 2009

ISTANBUL - I sat down to talk with Allen Collinsworth, an American expat living in Istanbul, about his experiences in Turkey and his perspectives on how the Middle East can strengthen its relations with the west. A former director and fellow at the EastWest Institute in New York, Allen has spent the last eight years living in Istanbul helping to bridge east and west through financial and social entrepreneurship.

Most recently, Allen spent eight months in Iraq as a US defense contractor running one of the largest reconstuction projects in Anbar Province. His experience helping the private sector better understand the local climate and forge meaningful aliances in the middle east makes Allen a valuable source of information.

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