For over a century, from 1763 onwards, the peoples of Circassian lands situated in the northwestern Caucasus defended their homelands against Russian expansion.
The Circassian people, who by and large adopted Islam in the eighteenth century, were almost entirely affected by the terrible destruction of their communities and the forced displacement from their historic homeland during the last decades of the Tsarist regime. Russian General Yevdokimov was tasked to execute this policy of forced displacement as of 1860 with newly formed mobile columns of riflemen and Cossack cavalry.read more
May 19, 1919 marks the beginning of the Turkish War of National Liberation, a turning point in Turkey's history. On this day, a young Ottoman general, Mustafa Kemal, arrived in Samsun. The man, who would later be known to the world as Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, stepped ashore on this small Black Sea Coast town to embark on a journey that would ultimately create the Republic of Turkey and a new nation state.read more
On May 18, 1944, the entire Crimean Tatar population in Crimea was rudely awakened by Soviet soldiers, loaded on trucks, taken to the nearest train stations and brutally deported to Central Asia, the Urals and Siberia.read more
TCA is pleased to announce that after receiving a record number of applications in 2015, it has awarded nine grants to faculty-led study tour programs organized by American universities. The TCA Study Tour Grant program supports educational tours to Turkey and this year will provide a total of $41,350, which will benefit 105 students.read more
Turkey, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand mark Anzac Day at Gallipoli
On Friday, April 24, 2015, world leaders gathered in Turkey to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign with a ceremony near where the Allied invasion of Gallipoli occurred in 1915.
Participants in the commemorations included Prince Charles and other British royals, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and other officials. read more
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Ambassador Serdar Kilic visited TCA offices on April 20, 2015. Foreign Minister Cavusoglu was invited to Washington by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Photo left to right: TCA Project Coordinator Kate Costello, Ambassador Serdar Kilic, TCA President Lincoln McCurdy, Foreign Minister Cavusoglu, TCA Project Coordinator Liz Clark.read more
On March 25, 2015, TCA hosted the first ever business forum on the American political system in Washington, D.C. for executives of Turkish-owned companies in the U.S., major Turkish American businesses, and interested American companies. Over 30 representatives from companies and business associations took part in the program, which provided an opportunity for participants to learn how to effectively communicate their business issues and interests to elected officials.
On March 13, 2015, TCA Project Coordinator Liz Clark participated in a panel about study abroad for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's (CHCI) leadership development program.
Left to right: TCA Project Coordinators Liz Clark and Kate Costello, Ambassador Francis J. Ricciardone (ret.) of the Atlantic Council, and TCA President G. Lincoln McCurdy at TCA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
TCA and the Atlantic Council are partnering to provide Turkish Americans with educational opportunities in global affairs and public policy through TCA internships at the Atlantic Council. In early February, TCA President G. Lincoln McCurdy and staff met with former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis J. Ricciardone who is now Vice President and Director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council to discuss the internship arrangement. The partnership with Atlantic Council will be a feature of TCA’s internship program, which provides an opportunity for young Turkish Americans to work in Washington, D.C. at congressional offices and non-governmental organizations. As an educational, public, charitable organization, TCA works to engage and cultivate a new generation of young Turkish American leaders, and the intern program is an important component of this mission.read more
On February 9, the Turkish Coalition of American (TCA) hosted the launch event for the Future Leaders Series, a three-part workshop presented by the American Turkish Association of Washington, DC (ATA-DC) in partnership with TCA and the Communication, Culture & Technology (CCT) Program of Georgetown University. The first workshop, entitled "Social Media Talks with Industry Leaders," will take place on Tuesday, February 17 at Georgetown University and will discuss the use of social media in personal and professional settings. read more
On January 27, TCA hosted a meeting with students from the American Studies Program at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul as part of the group’s visit to Washington, D.C. During the session, TCA gave presentations and answered questions about the U.S. government, civic engagement, congressional caucuses, and TCA programs and activities.read more
TCA congratulates the members of the Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkey Relations and Turkish Americans who were sworn in January 6, 2015 to the 114th Congress, and recognizes those members who will not be returning to Congress for their lasting contributions to the Caucus.read more
December 18, 2014, Washington, D.C. - The recent completion of Oregon's Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (CTWS) water tank project constructed with funding from the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA), and spearheaded by TCA, was celebrated at a ceremony at the Turkish Embassy. The TIKA grant underwrites the cost of the water tank that will serve students of a newly built elementary school and help CTWS meet their water needs for the next ten years. At Thursday's ceremony, Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kılıç presented the $200,000 check from TIKA to CTWS.read more
The 2013 Annual Report of TCA is now available online
The Report highlights the many programs, projects and grants of TCA in 2013. Of the program areas, TCA Youth and Education programs received the largest allocation of TCA funds in 2013.