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, 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). The program is among the largest and most active parliamentary exchange programs between the U.S. Congress and legislative branch of another country. CSGT creates constant channels of communication and dialogue between U.S. Members of Congress and their counterparts in the Turkish Grand National Assembly, and offers lawmakers a unique educational forum to examine issues ranging from the current economic global crisis to cooperation in the Middle East peace process.
The Congressional Study Group on Turkey’s programming consists of periodic roundtable discussions on Capitol Hill for current Members of Congress featuring visiting dignitaries from Turkey, Annual Seminars abroad or in the United States, Study Tours, and events geared toward senior Congressional staff.
The Study Group is currently active in the House of Representatives and chaired by two of its Members, Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA). Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) remain active in the Study Group as Immediate-Past Chairs.
CSGT is supported by generous grants from the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV). Additional support comes from a group of organizations making up the Study Group’s Business Advisory Council.