The U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress has provided a unique and critical forum for current and former Members to engage in timely diplomatic affairs. Its Study Group on Turkey has been particularly valuable in enhancing our nations' bilateral relations as we both work to promote security and democratic governance in the region. In doing so, the Association adds yet another dimension to the U.S.-Turkish strategic partnership."
His Excellency Nabi Sensoy, Former Ambassador of Turkey to the United States
Congressional Study Group on Turkey
The U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC) is pleased to be the secretariat of the Congressional Study Group on Turkey (CSGT). This program is among the largest and most active parliamentary exchange programs between the U.S. Congress and legislative branch of another country. As a bipartisan initiative active in the U.S. House of Representatives, the CSGT is currently co-chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA). Past Co-chair Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) remains resolutely involved in programming, as do other members of the public and private sectors.
The CSGT serves as a timely forum for discussion on the most pressing issues affecting the U.S.-Turkey relationship, and constantly strives to create and maintain channels of communication between Members of Congress and their counterparts in the Turkish Grand National Assembly. Topics up for discussion range from energy and security issues to the Middle East peace process and ongoing TTIP negotiations.
Programming for the CSGT largely consists of periodic roundtable discussions on Capitol Hill that are catered to Members of Congress and Senior Congressional Staff. These roundtables oftentimes include senior-level Turkish diplomats, policy experts, and business representatives.
CSGT programming is made possible by the generous support of TEPAV (the Turkish Economic Policy Research Institution) and the organizations that make up the CSGT’s own Business Advisory Council (BAC). For more information on the Study Group and to find out more about programming, please contact International Programs Director Sabine Schleidt at 202.507.4849 or sschleidt -at- usafmc (dot) org.