August 7th, 2014
On August 7, 2014, Jean Baptise-Natama, Chief of Staff to the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AU) visited TAA headquarters which included an office tour and a meeting. During the meeting, TAA President Dr. Taban shared the mission and goals of the organization as well as its current projects.
Mr. Natama briefly highlighted the key objectives of the African Union as well as its vision and efforts to promote African integration and initiatives to achieve economic and social development. In addition, he discussed the importance of creating a space for dialogue with nations at the local level in order to promote lasting peace. According to Mr. Natama, “Nations need to endorse t ...
August 6th, 2014
On August 6, 2014, TAA hosted a group of businesspersons from Tanzania’s private sector for a breakfast at its headquarters. The delegation is actively involved in finance, labor, energy and agriculture sectors within Tanzania. During the meeting, TAA President Dr. Taban presented on TAA and its activities in the United States and Central Asia.
Lilian Ndossi, a representative from the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation presented Dr. Taban with a Tanzanian traditional bowl as a token of their appreciation.
August 5th, 2014
On August 5, 2014, H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AU), visited the TAA headquarters where he received a tour. During the lunch meeting, TAA President Dr. Taban presented on TAA and its activities across the United States. H.E Mwencha was impressed by TAA’s work at the grassroots level and its role of building relations with U.S. and Central Asian countries to promote peace and harmony across both regions. Mr. Mwencha also called for unity among nations and emphasized the “need and value to connect with Africa and its people”.
H.E. Mwencha was in Washington D.C., to attend the U.S.-Africa Summit held on Aug 4-6th, 2014 aimed at im ...
August 1st, 2014
On Friday, August 1st, Dr. Faruk Taban attended the 58th Annual Conference hosted by Sister Cities International in San Jose. California. The theme of the conference was ‘The Power of Diplomacy.’
Dr. Taban was invited as a panelist on the ‘Vulnerable Populations in the Middle East’ panel. During the panel, Dr. Taban contributed to the conversation through discussions of the Kurdish people in Turkey and Northern Iraq, as well as the 1 million Syrian refugees currently seeking shelter in Turkey.
July 31st, 2014
During the holy month of Ramadan, countless member organizations of the the Turkic American Alliance hosted Ramadan dinners across the United States, from Queens, NYC to Buffalo, New York; Houston, Texas to Fairfax, Virginia; and Chicago, Illinois to Huntington Beach, California. We thank all those who attended these events during this special time of Ramadan, and we sincerely hope we were all able to grow together in dialogue, friendship and understanding. We treasure these opportunities to come together in faith, brotherhood and commonality during a time that needs them more than ever.
During the beginning of the holy month of ...
July 23rd, 2014
On the evening of July 23rd, 2014, Senate staffers gathered in the Dirksen Senate Office Building for the Turkic American Alliance’s (TAA) first Senate Ramadan Dinner. The event saw over 80 people, including His Excellency the Ambassador of Albania, His Holiness of the Bektashi Order of Dervishes and several Chiefs of Staff.
After Dr. Faruk Taban, President of TAA, offered introductory remarks, His Excellency Gilbert Galanxhi, the Ambassador of Albania addressed the audience. Ambassador Galanxhi thanked the Turkic American Alliance for making him feel so welcomed by invi ...
July 21st, 2014
On Monday, July 21st, the Turkic American Alliance (TAA) hosted distinguished representatives from the Embassy of Albania and the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic, including His Excellency Gilbert Galanxhi, the Ambassador of Albania.
Conversation ranged from the respective Kyrgyz and Albanian communities in the U.S. to current events in Albania and the Kyrgyz Republic. It was a great opportunity and an enjoyable evening for not only TAA and its staff, but for the representatives of both Embassies in getting to know one another as well.
July 16th, 2014
On Wednesday, July 16th 2014, Turkic American Alliance (TAA) hosted its Annual Congressional House Ramadan Dinner. Attended mostly by congressional staffers, the event saw over 100 guests, including six U.S. Members of Congress—Joe Garcia (FL), Yvette Clarke (NY), Al Green (TX), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX), André Carson (IN) and Emanuel Cleaver (MO). As those of us fasting broke our fasts for the evening meal, friends old and new friends came together through warm conversations. Additionally, the Turkic American Alliance presented two Members in particular, Representative Clarke and Representative Carson, with the ...
July 11th, 2014
On July 11th and July 12th, 2014, Dr. Faruk Taban, the President of the Turkic American Alliance, attended the National Governors Association Summer Meeting, which has held this year in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dr. Taban attended the Opening Session, for which the Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, delivered the keynote remarks. Dr. Taban also attended the Education and Workforce Committee, chaired by Governor Steven Beshear of Kentucky, the Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Governor Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota, in addition to receptions at the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium.
The NGA Summer Meeting was a great success. TAA looks forward t ...
July 10th, 2014
On Thursday, July 10th, a distinguished delegation of over 20 guests from the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) attended a Ramadan dinner at the Turkic American Alliance (TAA). Guests included NCSL leadership, NCSL staff and state senators from around the country.
As the guests took their seats, Dr. Faruk Taban, President of the Turkic American Alliance, introduced the missions and goals of TAA, as well as its past accomplishments. Such initiatives include state house receptions, trips to Turkey and the annual Turkic American Convention. Said Dr. Taban, “Dinners like these open doors to strong relationships.”
Following Dr. Taban’s introduction, the Presid ...
July 9th, 2014
On Wednesday, July 9th 2014, Turkic American Alliance hosted its annual Signature Ramadan Dinner. Over 80 VIP guests attended this event, including a U.S. Senator, the Marlyland Secretary of State, Ambassadors, high-level State Department officials and other federal and state government officials, academics, and many others. Distinguished speakers included U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and Maryland Secretary of State John P. McDonough.
Opening speeches were delivered by TAA President Dr. Faruk Taban, who also introduced U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin. Senator Baldwin discussed the importance of Ramadan and the importance of dialogue among family, friends and communities.
July 7th, 2014
On Monday July 7th, 2014, TAA staff visited the ABC7/WJLA-TV studio and News Channel 8--award-winning news, entertainment and sports media stations covering local news for the greater Washington, D.C., area. The guided tour included an exclusive behind-the scenes experience of television production in the studios, which included the assignment desk, newsroom, green room and media center where daytime and evening broadcasting take place.
Earlier this year, TAA hosted its 4th annual Turkic American Convention on April 8th and 9th at the Mellon Auditorium and Willard Intercontinental Hotel, respectively, in Washington, D.C. We were honored to have Alison Starling, ...
July 2nd, 2014
On Wednesday, July 2nd, the Turkic American Alliance hosted a Ramadan Dinner for Sister Cities International (SCI). In attendance were the CEO and President of SCI Mary Kane, SCI staff and members of SCI’s Board of Directors. Conversation ranged from Sister Cities International’s upcoming annual conference in San Jose, California, to the 2nd Annual Kyrgyz-American Convention in Bishkek this September co-organized by the Turkic American Alliance, and to initiatives and projects by TAA and SCI, respectively.
Dr. Taban, the President of TAA, looks forward to speaking before the Vulnerable Populations in the Middle East panel at SCI’s 58th Annual ...
June 23rd, 2014
On June 23rd, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan led a group of seven state businesses and state staff on a trade mission to Turkey in order to promote international trade and explore opportunities in emerging sectors in the country. The trip also aimed to help strengthen and increase U.S.-Turkey trade overall through dialogue and partnerships. The mission was organized in partnership with the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists of Turkey (TUSKON) and the Turkish Cultural Center in Manchester, New Hampshire. Also joining Governor Hassan on the trip was State Commissioner at the Department of Resources Economic of Development, ...
June 20th, 2014
The President of the Turkic American Alliance, Dr. Faruk Taban, spoke before the International Relations Standing Committee during the United States Conference of Mayors 82nd Annual Meeting, which was held this year in Dallas, Texas, from June 20th to June 23rd.
Along with Andrew O’Brien, Special Representative of Global Partnerships at the U.S. State Department, and Shelly Pitterman, Regional Representative for USA and the Caribbean and the United Nations Ref ...