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Merve Tahiroglu

Research Analyst

Areas of Impact:

Turkey

Biography:

Merve Tahiroglu is a research analyst focusing on Turkey. Merve supports the work of FDD scholars with Turkish language research and analysis on Turkey-related matters. Her research focuses on Turkey’s foreign policy, domestic politics, and Ankara’s ties to Tehran. Merve’s personal areas of interest include Turkey’s Syria policy and Islamic extremism in Turkey.

Born and raised in Istanbul, Merve earned her B.A in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations from Duke University in 2013. She is currrently an M.A. candidate at Georgetown University's History Department. 

Merve has published and/or co-authored pieces in various outlets such as Foreign Affairs, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Politico, Huffington Post and Foreign Policy, in addition to FDD-linked publications such as FDD's The Long War Journal and Military Edge.

Pastor Brunson is free. But the West still needs a policy on Erdogan’s hostages.

15th October 2018 – The Washington Post

Pastor Brunson is free. But the West still needs a policy on Erdogan’s hostages.

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

In a major reversal Friday, a Turkish court ordered the release of pastor Andrew Craig Brunson, an American evangelical missionary jailed in Turkey for the past two years. The pastor’s prosecution, based on farcical charges of espionage and conspiracy, had rattled Turkish American relations for the past year, triggering a diplomatic spat and prompting Washington to impose sanctions on Turkey this summer. As signaled by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week, Brunson’s release is set to calm tensions between the two NATO allies. But that move is likely to prove premature. more...

Analysis & Commentary

15th October 2018 – The Washington Post

Pastor Brunson is free. But the West still needs a policy on Erdogan’s hostages.

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

In a major reversal Friday, a Turkish court ordered the release of pastor Andrew Craig Brunson, an American evangelical missionary jailed in Turkey for the past two years. The pastor’s prosecution, based on farcical charges of espionage and conspiracy, had rattled Turkish American relations for the past year, triggering a diplomatic spat and prompting Washington to impose sanctions on Turkey this summer. As signaled by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week, Brunson’s release is set to calm tensions between the two NATO allies. But that move is likely to prove premature. more...

29th August 2018 – Quoted by Faith McDonell in Juicy Ecumenism

The Art of Deceit: Turkey, America, and Pastor Andrew Brunson

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

As the world watches, the United States and Turkey are engaged in a struggle over the fate of an American pastor. Brunson, 50, is just one of several other Americans and three Turkish nationals who work for the U.S. government that have been unjustly imprisoned by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. more...

23rd August 2018 – Quoted by Ahval

U.S. must demand release of all prisoners, not just Brunson – analysts

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

The United States has taken a firm stance against Turkey in demanding the release of Andrew Brunson, the U.S. pastor detained in Turkey since Oct. 2016. more...

23rd August 2018 – War on the Rocks

The Pastor is Not the Only U.S. Hostage in Turkey

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkish-American relations are at a boiling point. This month, the United States not only issued Global Magnitsky sanctions against two Turkish ministers, it also doubled tariffs on steel and aluminum from Turkey, sending the lira into freefall. These measures were Washington’s official response to Ankara’s imprisonment of North Carolina pastor Andrew Brunson for almost two years under farcical charges. more...