The Institute of Turkish Studies

Founded and incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1982, the Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS) is the only non-profit, private educational foundation exclusively dedicated to the support and development of Turkish Studies in American higher education. The Institute is an independent, tax exempt organization and does not seek to influence legislation nor advocate particular policies or agendas. ITS currently benefits from the location of its offices at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service on the campus of Georgetown University.

The fundamental purposes and objectives of the Institute are:

  • To support individual scholars, especially younger members of the academic profession in the United States, for advanced research on Turkish history and culture as well as contemporary political, social, and economic developments in Turkey;
  • To assist American universities to develop their library resources, programs of study, scholarly conferences, and outreach activities in the field of Turkish Studies;
  • To support the publication of books and journals that contribute to American scholarship on Turkey and broaden the understanding and knowledge of Turkish history, society, politics, and economics in the United States;
  • To promote better understanding of Turkish politics, economy, and society through conferences and lecture series.

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