An article carried recently in the Hurriyet pointed to Livingston's membership on the board of the Center for Security's planning committee. Following this article, Livingston confirmed that he was in fact a member, but that on reading the article, he had submitted his resignation effective immediately to the Center for Security. Said Livingston, "I tried to change this group's wrong judgement of the US's important ally, Turkey, but I was not successful. I have faxed in my resignation, as well as telling the group in person."
PM Erdogan criticized the Times article as being "outside the realm of reason."