The Founding and Activities of American Friends of Turkey


ÖKSÜZ H. , KÖSE İ.

GAZI AKADEMIK BAKIS-GAZI ACADEMIC VIEW, vol.10, no.19, pp.1-29, 2016 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 19
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Title of Journal : GAZI AKADEMIK BAKIS-GAZI ACADEMIC VIEW
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-29

Abstract

American Friends of Turkey Association one of the few western originated organization tried to assist and provide support to Turkish modernization after very proclamation of the Turkish Republic. Founders of the Association were Admiral Bristol who was US High Commissioner in Istanbul and Asa K. Jennings who was field representative of YMCA in Izmir city. When Greek invasion on Izmir came to an end Jennings first engaged with evacuation of Rum migrants and later by Bristol's advice and encouragement engaged with providing support to Turkish modernization and education system. Donors who affording funds for social services and educational works in Turkey at the beginning assembled under different named organizations. Beginning with 1925 to gather donors and cooperate works under a single association, American Friends of Turkey has been established.