ALT was established in December 1992. The objectives of ALT as a non-profit, non-governmental organization are to introduce the richness of the intellectual tradition that lays at the heart of the liberal democratic civilization to Turkish society, to engage in activities that promote understanding and acceptance of values and concepts like liberty, justice, tolerance, peace, human rights, rule of law, to encourage academic research on liberal themes, and to contribute, within liberal thought, to finding effective solutions to Turkey's political and economic problems.
ALT brings together like-minded persons whose belief in and commitment to liberty, free market economy, and limited government have been proved by their intellectual and professional work.
ALT does not involve in daily politics and have no direct links with any political party or movement. Instead, as an independent intellectual grouping, it aims to set and influence broader political debates so as to contribute to the liberalization of Turkey in economic and political fields.