In 2013, a political counselor at the Turkish embassy in Washington asked me out to lunch to discuss my plans and vision for the Institute of Turkish Studies, which I was then executive director of.
- Sinan Ciddi
- The National Interest
After ordering a meal at Zorba’s, a Greek restaurant in Dupont Circle, we sat outside on a sunny day and began talking in Turkish.
A few minutes later, our server brought over our dishes and asked where in Turkey we were from.
After telling her, she said she was Cypriot and extolled a short tale of her childhood memories on the…