The Political Section is responsible for advising the Ambassador on overall political relations between the
Political officers tend to concentrate on either external or internal relations. In addition, one officer focuses on regional counterterrorism issues as her exclusive responsibility. Officers who cover external relations usually focus on a particular geographic region or a multilateral organization such as the E.U. or the OSCE. These portfolios are fluid: for example, one officer has just taken on issues related to
The Section is headed by the Counselor for Political Affairs, and includes eight other political officers, many of whom are fluent in Turkish, two senior Turkish political specialists, and an office manager.