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“RUSSIA 2018: Putin's Last Act?”

John R. Beyrle, U.S. Ambassador to Russia, 2008-2012 and recipient of the Presidential Distinguished Service Award

November 16, 2017

Retired diplomats bring the world, and a dose of civility, to Traverse City

IAF Co-Chair Karen Puschel talked with local business leader Verne Powell to get his views on what’s happening in Turkey. Verne and his brother George started Great Lakes International Trading (GLIT) in 1983. During the past 34 years, Verne has traveled to Turkey frequently to oversee the export of Turkish dried fruits and vegetables to northern Michigan, developing long-time business partners and friends there. His views on what’s happening now in Turkey are borne of experience and perspective that come from his “deep dive” into the culture of that country. 

GLIT is IAF’s Event Sponsor for the event on April 20 featuring Lawrence Mandel, recently retired senior diplomat in Ankara. Thanks to Verne, you’ll be able to sample some of the delicious imports that GLIT brings from Turkey including the sweet dried apricots that are described in our interview. We are deeply thankful to Verne for taking the time to share his expertise with the IAF community.


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