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A Welcome Message from the Executive Director

February 28, 2013

Greetings enthusiasts of Turkey!

Sinan CiddiThe 2011-12 academic year has been a busy year for ITS in particular and Turkish Studies in general. Over the course of the year, our organization has grown in the number of activities it has partaken in. ITS' grants program has continued to provide funding for US-based students, established scholars and academic institutions with the aim of developing greater interest in Turkish Studies.

In addition, ITS has continued to enhance its outreach program by inviting scholars and students to provide talks in its newly established lecture series on modern Turkey at the Georgetown University campus. ITS' signature event occurred on June 27, 2012, when it helped jointly host the Third Annual Conference on Turkey at the National Press Club with the Middle East Institute's Center for Turkish Studies. The one day event drew vast numbers of enthusiasts, who listened to expert scholars, policy makers and politicians on the future of Turkey's foreign and domestic policy considerations.

During 2012-13, ITS will continue to broaden its outreach through the establishment of a permanent and regular lecture series on modern Turkey in cooperation with the Middle East Institute's Center for Turkish Studies (MEI-CTS). The series will seek to invite a variety of scholars and policy makers to provide valuable talks on key topics relevant to Turkey for diverse audiences across the Washington metropolitan area. The full program for Fall 2012 is expected to be broadcast in the near future.

ITS hopes to see many of you at an upcoming event.

Wishing you the best for the new academic year.

Sinan Ciddi