Washington briefing: Turkish lobby group picks ex-State Dept. No. 2 as chair

by Emil Sanamyan

Published: Monday November 09, 2009

Richard Armitage.

Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage will replace former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft as chair of the board of directors of the American-Turkish Council (ATC), the group reported on October 29. The appointment will take effect at the start of 2010.

ATC is an umbrella group for the Turkish lobby funded primarily by large American arms and energy companies with interests in Turkey, as well as large Turkish companies.

Admiral Scowcroft, who has led the ATC since 2000, will remain a board member. He was national security advisor under President Bush Sr. in 1989-93.

Mr. Armitage was the second most senior official at the State Department from 2001 to 2005; he has since established a consulting group and has sat on various corporate and professional boards.

From November 16 to 20, the outgoing and incoming chairs will travel to Turkey "for senior-level discussions with its government, military and business leadership," ATC reported.

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