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Gülru Gezer (Consul General of Turkey to Los Angeles) will discuss the contemporary Turkish foreign policy with special respect to the current regional crisis involving Syria, Russia, Turkey, and the European Union.
Raife Gülru Gezer is Consul General of Turkey to Los Angeles. She graduated from the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the Boğaziçi University, and holds an M.A. in European Political and Administrative Studies from the College of Europe in Brugge, Belgium. After briefly working as an editor at the Turkish channel NTV'S international news department, she joined Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and held various positions in the European Union Political Affairs Deputy Directorate. In 2007 she was posted to the Turkish Embassy in Damascus where she worked for two years. She then served at the Turkish Permanent Representation to the EU from 2009-10, and as the Chief of Cabinet of the Under Secretaryof the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2010-2014. Gülru Gezer speaks fluent English and Russian.