• Turkic American Alliance Hosts Senate Ramadan Dinner

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    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 ...

    Turkic American Alliance Hosts Senate Ramadan Dinner
  • Balkan States Cast Aside Hostilities In Aftermath of Disastrous Flooding

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    July 22nd, 2014
    Diplomats from three former Yugoslav republics that once waged war against each other are banding together to raise money in the wake of the worst flooding to hit the Balkans in more than a century.

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    Photo: UN Country Team / Serbia
    The flooded city of Obrenovac near Belgrade, Serbia, was evacuated on May 19. Serbia, a European Union member candidate, has said the damage from the May floods exceeded 0.64 percent of the country's GDP, meaning it can appl ...

    Balkan States Cast Aside Hostilities In Aftermath of Disastrous Flooding
  • Ramadan Dinner with the Albanian and Kyrgyz Embassies

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    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.

    Ramadan Dinner with the Albanian and Kyrgyz Embassies
  • Congressional Ramadan Dinner at the U.S. House of Representatives

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    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 ...

    Congressional Ramadan Dinner at the U.S. House of Representatives
  • TAA Attends the National Governors Association Summer Meeting

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    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 ...

    TAA Attends the National Governors Association Summer Meeting
  • Ramadan Dinner with the National Conference of State Legislators

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    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 ...

    Ramadan Dinner with the National Conference of State Legislators
  • TAA and Rumi Forum’s 2014 Signature Ramadan Dinner

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    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. Secretary ...

    TAA and Rumi Forum’s 2014 Signature Ramadan Dinner
  • TAA visits ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8

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    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, ...

    TAA visits ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8
  • Ramadan Dinner with Sister Cities International

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    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 ...

    Ramadan Dinner with Sister Cities International
  • New Hampshire Governor Leads Trade Mission to Turkey

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    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, ...

    New Hampshire Governor Leads Trade Mission to Turkey
  • TAA Participates at USCM 82nd Annual Meeting

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    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 ...

    TAA Participates at USCM 82nd Annual Meeting
  • Senate Staffers Appreciation Reception

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    June 11th, 2014

    On the evening of June 11th, 2014, the Turkic American Alliance hosted a Senate Staffers Appreciation Reception in the Russell Office Building. The reception took place during 5:00pm-7:00pm. Guests ranged from Chiefs of Staff and Legislative Directors to fellows and interns, and everything in between. In total, over 120 guests attended the reception, enjoying delicious Turkish food and warm conversations.

    Brief remarks were delivered by Dr. Faruk Taban, President of the Turkic American Alliance, and Aibek Omokeyev, the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy ...

    Senate Staffers Appreciation Reception
  • Turkish Cultural Center Opens in Harrisburg

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    June 10th, 2014

    On June 10th, 2014, a Turkish Cultural Center was opened in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that brought together several political and community leaders. Distinguished guests included the Mayor of Harrisburg, Eric Papenfuse, State Senators and Representatives. Among them were Senator Michael Stack, Senator Mike Brubaker, Representative Brendan Boyle, and Carol Weist, Director of Operations for Congressman Scott Perry.

    The afternoon reception began with opening speeches by the Mayor of Harrisburg, Eric Papenfuse, who expressed that he was pleased with the opening. According to Mr. Papenfuse, the Cultural Center is an i ...

    Turkish Cultural Center Opens in Harrisburg
  • ATFA hosts Annual Delaware State House Reception

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    June 10th, 2014

    On June 10th, 2014, the American Turkish Friendship Association (ATFA) hosted its annual reception at the Delaware Legislative Hall. Distinguished guests included Delaware Governor Jack Markell, state Representatives, state Senators and prominent community leaders.

    The event kicked off with remarks by the Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Federation of Turkic American Associations (MAFTAA), Mahmut Yeter, who outlined AFTA’s vision of maintaining friendship and peace within the State of Delaware. Yeter later spoke before the General Assembly and highlighted the importance of the U.S. maintaining stro ...

    ATFA hosts Annual Delaware State House Reception
  • Congressional Staffers Appreciation Reception

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    June 9th, 2014

    On the evening of June 9th, 2014, the Turkic American Alliance hosted a Congressional Staffers Appreciation Reception in the Cannon Office Building. The reception took place during 4:00pm-6:00pm. Guests ranged from Chiefs of Staff and Legislative Directors to fellows and interns, and everything in between. In total, over 140 guests attended the reception, enjoying delicious Turkish food and warm conversations.

    Brief remarks were delivered by Dr. Faruk Taban, President of the Turkic American Alliance, and Aibek Omokeyev, the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Emb ...

    Congressional Staffers Appreciation Reception

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Turkic American Alliance Hosts Senate Ramadan Dinner

July 23rd, 2014 Senate Iftar 1

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

Balkan States Cast Aside Hostilities In Aftermath of Disastrous Flooding

July 22nd, 2014 The Washington Diplomat

Diplomats from three former Yugoslav republics that once waged war against each other are banding together to raise money in the wake of the worst flooding to hit the Balkans in more than a century. Photo: UN Country Team / Serbia The flooded city of Obrenovac near Belgrade, Serbia,

Ramadan Dinner with the Albanian and Kyrgyz Embassies

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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

Congressional Ramadan Dinner at the U.S. House of Representatives

July 16th, 2014 House Ramadan Dinner 1

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

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