Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman

CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, May10, 2005

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State of U.S.-Turkish Relations
Gallegly’s Wednesday Hearing to Examine Bilateral Relationship and Progress of Democracy in Turkey

BACKGROUND: U.S.-Turkish relations were shaken in March, 2003, when the Turkish parliament rejected a resolution that allowed deployment of U.S. troops in Turkey to open a northern front against Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq.  Bilateral ties have been strained by other developments, especially Turkish concerns regarding action of some Kurdish groups in northern Iraq and the preservation of Iraq's territorial integrity.  However, the Turkish parliament's October 2003 decision to authorize the deployment of Turkish peacekeepers to Iraq helped improve ties. Meanwhile, concerns about U.S. actions in Iraq continue to fuel popular anti-American sentiment in Turkey.  A longtime ally of the U.S., Turkey has also served as an example of a predominantly Muslim, democratic country at a time when U.S. policy encourages democratization in the Muslim world.  Intent upon gaining admission into the European Union, Turkish government officials are committed to harmonizing their policies with that of the EU.  Wednesday’s hearing will examine current U.S. policy towards Turkey and ways to sustain this vital relationship. 

WHAT:                              Subcommittee Oversight Hearing:
                                           The State of U.S.-Turkish Relations

                                           Subcommittee on Europe and Emerging Threats,

                                           U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly, (R-CA), Chairman

WHEN:                             10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 11, 2005

WHERE:                           Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

WITNESSES:                   Zeyno Baran, Director, International Security and Energy Programs, The Nixon Center;
                                          Henri J. Barkey, Ph.D.
, Department Chair, Department of International Relations, Lehigh University;
                                          Soner Cagaptay, Ph.D.
, Director, Turkish Research Program, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy; and
                                          Mark Parris
, Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, Senior Public Policy Advisor, Baker, Donelson, Bearman,
                                          Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C.

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