TCA Hosts US Attorneys General for Week Long Program in Turkey

TCA hosted a delegation of the National Association of Attorneys General and State Attorneys General from nine states for a week-long program in Turkey from June 1st to June 8th. The delegation, invited by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and led by Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, met with columnists, professors of Turkish law faculties, and business leaders in Istanbul. In Ankara, the delegation met with President Abdullah Gul, government officials, and members of the Turkish Grand National Assembly. For more information on this program please click here.

The 4th Turkish Studies Project Conference Held in Tbilisi, Georgia

The fourth conference organized by the Turkish Studies Project of the University of Utah was held in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia between June 5-9. Titled “The Caucasus at Imperial Twilight: Nationalism, Ethnicity and Nation-Building (1870’s-1920’s),” the conference brought together more than 50 scholars from different countries. In 2009, the Turkish Coalition of America provided the University of Utah a multi-year grant towards the establishment of the Turkish Studies Project to focus on the origins of modern ethnic cleansing, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the emergence of nation states in the Balkans and Caucasus. For more information on the program, please click here.

Turkey Caucus Membership at 135 Members

The 135th member joined the Congressional Caucus on Turkey and Turkish Americans on July 2nd. Now representing 40 of the 50 states and all five territories, the Turkey Caucus is a bipartisan platform for Members of Congress to focus on U.S.-Turkey relations and issues that concern Turkish Americans. Many of its members have joined this Caucus as a result of the efforts of their Turkish American constituents and friends of Turkey.

TCA Hosts Viewing of Congressional Hearing on the Gezi Protests

On June 26, TCA hosted a viewing at its DC office of the Congressional Hearing by the Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats Subcommittee entitled “Turkey at a Crossroads: What do the Gezi Protests Mean for Democracy in the Region?” Speaking at the Subcommittee Hearing were experts Soner Cagaptay, Director of the Turkish Studies Program at the Washington Institute; Ambassador James F. Jeffrey; Hillel Fradkin, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute; Kadir Ustun, Resaerch Director at SETA Foundation; and Kadri Gursel, contributing writer for Al-monitor’s Turkey Pulse.