Peace, Not War, Will Solve the “Kurdish Question”

Turkey’s incursion into Northeastern Syria, officially dubbed “Operation Peace Spring”, represents the lowest point so far in the already much-troubled saga of Turkish-Kurdish relations.  While President Erdoğan has reasoned his military operation as a means to fight terrorism, the true intentions behind the operation are barely veiled  – to divide Turks and Kurds and to […]

The struggle for LGBTQ rights in Turkey

During Pride month this year, the governorates of Izmir and Antalya banned all Pride-related events citing public safety and security concerns. One month earlier, the Pride march organized by the students of Middle East Technical University in Ankara was violently broken up by the police. Pride marches have been organized in Istanbul since 1993, but […]

From Liability to Asset: Realizing Turkey’s Potential

On Thursday, May 11, 2017 HasNa Inc. hosted a panel discussion titled From Liability to Asset: Realizing Turkey’s Potential. This panel discussion sought to explore the ways in which Turkey could play a pivotal role in middle-eastern politics by expanding its political and economic horizons, and also through a smarter and stronger transatlantic engagement. best […]

A Case for Change in Turkey

  (This blog post is contributed by Harper Clark, a summer ’16 undergraduate intern with HasNa Inc. All views and opinions reflected in this article strictly belong to the author.) With a number of complex social and economic issues abound, there seems to be no immediate solution for Turkey’s entrance into the EU, especially after […]

The Power of Storytelling

On May 21, 2015, HasNa screened Hüseyin Karabey’s 2014 Turkish film, “Come to My Voice,” at the Avalon Theater in Washington, DC. It is a simple enough premise, but powerful in its ability to bring to light the realities of a typical Kurdish village’s unfortunate interactions with police through a storyline that seems at once […]

The VITA Program – An Introduction

HasNa is back to blogging! We’re excited today to bring you the first of several installments detailing our upcoming VITA Project. VITA, which stands for Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia, will be bringing together 14 young people from Turkey and Armenia here in DC this weekend. For more information, please check out our official […]

HasNa Article in the Peacebuilding Post

“What happens when you bring diverse individuals from Turkey and Cyprus to the U.S. for training in professional skills, communication skills, and conflict resolution?  As HasNa, Inc. has discovered over the last thirteen years, lives change, communities transform, and peace grows…” With all the attention that HasNa’s programs are receiving in Cyprus and Turkey, it […]

Happy Hour at Madam’s Organ

HasNa’s third annual Happy Hour Fundraiser at Madam’s Organ went off without a hitch. The evening began at 5:00 and the bar was packed by 6:00. We were delighted to spend the evening enjoying great conversation, food, and drinks with everyone. Click to view photos: This year we had four special guests at the event. […]

Update: English Language Skills for NGOs

“You know when you came here I couldn’t express myself and now I’m talking!” The goals of HasNa’s English Language Skills for NGOs were not only to improve comprehension and grammar skills but also to help participants gain confidence using English. We inaugurated HasNa’s English Language Skills for NGOs in Diyarbakir, Turkey on May 9th, […]

Once a Volunteer, Always a Volunteer

Pat Lowther and Kathy Scruggs were seniors in college when they were moved by President Kennedy’s call to service with the Peace Corps. They applied, took the exam, and reported to Peace Corps training at Georgetown University. At Georgetown, they studied with about 100 other volunteers to become English teachers in Turkey. It was terribly hot […]