About CSGT Programming

  • The Distinguished Visitors Program exposes Members of Congress to the issues that affect U.S.-Turkish relations by bringing high-level speakers to Capitol Hill.  The Congressional Study Group on Turkey is pleased to have the opportunity to hold events for Members of Congress featuring their peers in the Turkish Grand National Assembly and Ministers of the Turkish government, as well as U.S. government officials.  The Congressional Study Group on Turkey works closely with the Turkish Embassy, business representatives, and the academic community to host events on Capitol Hill. Recent Turkish visiting dignitaries to Capitol Hill include Ambassador Haluk Ilicak, H.E. Minister Egemen Bagis, and Ambassador Namik Tan.


  • CSGT’s ‘Congress to Campus’ Program informs Turkish high school and university students on the fundamentals of a democratic culture and system of governance. Former and current Members of Congress meet with and hold discussions with Turkish students on a number of topics spanning from U.S.-Turkey relations to the American legislative process. The Study Group recently held a ‘Congress to Campus’ event in Turkey in April of 2013 that included the Hon. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ), the Hon. Ben Chandler (D-KY), the Hon. Martin Lancaster (D-NC), and the Hon. Lincoln Davis (D-TN).


  • The U.S.-Turkey Seminar is a conference that brings U.S. and Turkish legislators together with policy makers and business representatives to examine important bilateral topics and transatlantic issues such as energy security and the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations. The Seminar provides a focused backdrop for Members of Congress to learn about the complex and dynamic aspects of the U.S.-Turkey relationship. Further, the Seminar has been an invaluable tool in creating and strengthening personal friendships and ties between Members of Congress and Members of the Turkish Grand National Assembly.