TCA Commemorates the 90th Anniversary of the Treaty of Lausanne

TCA celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Treaty of Lausanne, which recognized the boundaries of the modern state of Turkey. This international treaty was signed on July 24, 1923 and shortly thereafter, the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed on October 29. For more information on the Treaty of Lausanne, please read the TCA Bulletin here.

Former TCA Intern Publishes Article in Policy Analysis

On July 23, Ata Akiner, a former TCA intern, published an article entitled “Now Is The Time for a US-Turkey Free Trade Agreement” in the Washington Institute’s Policy Analysis. Akiner argues that Washington, Brussels, and Ankara have numerous benefits to gain from a bilateral U.S.-Turkey free trade agreement (FTA), but they will need to act quickly to ensure that their efforts mesh with the U.S.-EU trade talks already in progress. To read full textclick here.

TCA To Assist ATA-DC in Promoting Opening Reception on Capitol Hill

TCA will assist ATA-DC in promoting the “Opening Reception: Second Turkish Cultural Heritage Month”, which will take place on September 9. This event will launch the  ATA-DC sponsored month-long festivities in the capitol celebrating Turkish culture.

TCA Awards Study Abroad Scholarships to American Minority Students

In July, TCA awarded four Study Abroad scholarships to students of African American, Hispanic American and Native American heritage. Of the students who received TCA scholarships in July and will study in Turkey, two come from universities in California and one came from a university in Maryland. The total number of TCA Study Abroad in Turkey Scholarships awarded to American minority students has now reached 307 since the program’s inception in 2008.

Turkey Caucus Expands to Include US Senators and Reaches 141 Members

The Congressional Caucus on US-Turkey Relations and Turkish Americans has reached 141 members and now represents 41 of the 50 states and all six territories. In July, the Turkey Caucus expanded its membership to include for the first time members of the US Senate alongside members of the US House of Representatives. The first US Senators joining the Turkey Caucus are Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John Boozman (R-AR), Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Christopher Murphy (D-CT). The Caucus has become the third largest bicameral, ethnic/national caucus.

The Turkey Caucus is a bipartisan platform for Members of Congress to focus on US-Turkey relations and issues of concern to Turkish Americans. Many of its members have joined the Caucus as a result of the efforts of their Turkish American constituents and friends of TurkeyTo see the full list of members, please visit the TCA website.