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RE: Confederation - Turkey

Released on 2012-03-12 16:00 GMT

Email-ID 274107
Date 2010-03-18 22:50:19
I sent you an email summary that I had Reva give me so I could follow it
better. Take a look at that and then let me know when you're available. I
can do it in the next half hour if you can.


From: Kamran Bokhari []
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2010 4:47 PM
To: 'Meredith Friedman'
Subject: RE: Confederation - Turkey

That would be good. When did you want to meet on this?

From: Meredith Friedman []
Sent: March-18-10 5:27 PM
To: 'Kamran Bokhari'
Subject: RE: Confederation - Turkey

I hadn't planned for Reva to have contact with potential confederation
issues until pretty much the last minute when we hadn't gotten anywhere
with your guy so actually asked her to call David when she was in Turkey.
But I'd like to talk to you and fill you in on what she found out and who
she met with there re confederation.


From: Kamran Bokhari []
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2010 3:21 PM
To: 'Meredith Friedman'
Subject: RE: Confederation - Turkey

Oh, ok. I wasn't aware of your dealings through Reva. I knew she was going
to have source meetings but didn't know you had tasked her on
confederation related issues.

As to the issue of needing Sabah and Zaman, I think we need to have
perspectives from both sides of the political faultline in Turkey. So we
should go with both Hurriyet and one of the other two. Who would be
handling Hurriyet?

The other thing is that I have been pressing my contact on this quite a
bit. And now if we pull back it will look bad. Kinda like what happened
when I went to Turkey back in '07 and we were looking to hire a country
director for the SRM project. I got a bunch of resumes and then that plan
never materialized. It created an awkward situation.

Whether we go with Sabah or Zaman I think we should approach this through
my contact since he is a senior official and close to the leadership of
both groups. Besides I have had him working on it well before Reva's trip.

I can definitely delegate responsibility to someone else if need be and
maintain oversight on the flow of information. Right now we are still
struggling to get these deals operational. Once they are then it is just a
matter of making sure every week that they are sending info and tasking
them. Kinda like how I handle sources.

From: Meredith Friedman []
Sent: March-18-10 3:56 PM
To: 'Kamran Bokhari'
Subject: RE: Confederation - Turkey

I need to update you on Reva's meetings and our plans as well. I just got
an email from David as I'd written to him last night. We are planning a
trip there as well...early June.

Basically I had Reva call David while she was there and they had dinner -
I needed to know why the silence from him. He explained a lot about their
problems and actually is now more comfortable in moving ahead with the
collaboration. They have others as well so we're not the only one they're
partnering with. So Reva met wtih him as well as with folks from Today's
Zaman and Cihan the owners. Would we want Saban and Today's Zaman? I was
pulling out all the plugs since we weren't getting any
we're getting traction in all places it seems. I wonder if since Reva met
with the Zaman guys so they know more about us already we should go with
them? If you feel a need to follow through on Sabah as well we can do that
too. As long as you can handle all these contacts/sources. Who works for
you who could help on some of them? I have Lauren handing off the Kyiv
Post to Eugene just because she has several other r'ships already. Is
there someone in MESA we could train to handle a Sabah or Zaman under your


From: Kamran Bokhari []
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2010 2:29 PM
To: 'Meredith Friedman'
Subject: RE: Confederation - Turkey

Both Sabah and Zaman groups are pro-govt. My main Turkish contact (the
adviser to the pm) suggested either of the two. He said he would first
contact Sabah and if that didn't work he would go for Zaman. For now it
seems like Sabah is working. I am all for having more than one. Hurriyet
is actually much better qualitatively given that they have been around
more longer. We will need to get with David Judson on that. I myself plan
to be in Turkey for a week in May.

From: Meredith Friedman []
Sent: March-18-10 3:01 PM
To: 'Kamran Bokhari'
Subject: RE: Confederation - Turkey

Where does Sabah Group fit politically? Reva also met with folks at both
Hurriyet and Today's Zaman so I'm looking at several partners in Turkey to
balance out the information flow and keep any one side from thinking we're
working against them by only partnering with the other side. Your
thoughts? Who owns Sabah group do you know? We have Dogan who owns
Hurriyet and others and Cihan News Agency who owns Today's Zaman and


From: Kamran Bokhari []
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2010 1:35 PM
To: 'Meredith Friedman'
Subject: Confederation - Turkey

Meredith, my contact emailed me saying that the Sabah Group is interested
in our proposal and is discussing it internally and will soon get back to
the contact. Meanwhile, I have not heard back from my guy at Dawn but I
have pinged him again.