EXPERT ON TURKISH GEOPOLITICS AFIO’S JAN. 21 SPEAKER
KENNEBUNK — Turkey and its current role in global affairs will be the topic of the January 21st meeting of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), Maine Chapter.
Turkish-American entrepreneur Kutlay Kaya, an international weapons trader and business consultant, will discuss the current political situation in Ankara, and Turkey’s relationships with its Middle Eastern neighbors, Russia and the United States. Kaya is the CEO of Zenith Quest Corp., a Virginia firm that imports Turkish weapons and ammunition for the American market.
Kaya travels to Turkey monthly to develop and transact business, and maintains strong ties with Turkish authorities in the civil government, military, and police forces.
He was a key witness in a recent Turkish national scandal, the 2016 prosecution of a Turkish arms executive convicted of seeking bribes and attempting to sell proprietary weapons designs.
Kaya graduated from 19 Mayis University in Samsun, Turkey, with a bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering. In 1998, he moved to America and took on consulting and directing responsibilities for two non-profit organizations involved in international humanitarian work, later obtaining a master of arts degree from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.
The latest in a series of public affairs discussions, the AFIO meeting is open to the public, and will begin at 2 p.m. at the Program Center of the Brick Store Museum, 4 Dane St., Kennebunk. A question period will follow the presentation.