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Merve Tahiroglu

Research Associate

Areas of Impact:

Turkey

Biography:

Merve Tahiroglu is a research associate 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.

Merve is also a contributor to FDD's Long War Journal.

Erdogan’s Further Consolidation Of Power Would Cement Turkey’s Demise

26th January 2017 – The Huffington Post

Erdogan’s Further Consolidation Of Power Would Cement Turkey’s Demise

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

The Turkish Parliament passed constitutional amendments last weekend that could allow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to amass unprecedented power. Amidst terrorist attacks by the so-called Islamic State and Kurdish militants, Erdogan and his far-right allies are presenting the deal as a way out of chaos, promising that terrorism will cease once the constitutional amendments are approved in the upcoming referendum in April. more...

Analysis & Commentary

26th January 2017 – The Huffington Post

Erdogan’s Further Consolidation Of Power Would Cement Turkey’s Demise

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

The Turkish Parliament passed constitutional amendments last weekend that could allow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to amass unprecedented power. Amidst terrorist attacks by the so-called Islamic State and Kurdish militants, Erdogan and his far-right allies are presenting the deal as a way out of chaos, promising that terrorism will cease once the constitutional amendments are approved in the upcoming referendum in April. more...

19th December 2016 – FDD's Policy Brief

Envoy’s Murder Exposes Turkey-Russia Fault Lines

Merve Tahiroglu

Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Ankara, was assassinated in the heart of the Turkish capital on Monday night. The assailant, an off-duty Turkish police officer, shouted, “Don’t forget Aleppo”– denouncing Moscow’s role in the ongoing massacre of civilians in the besieged Syrian city. Amidst recent efforts by Turkey and Russia to paper over their differences on Syria, the assassination is a reminder of just how deep those fault lines run. more...

1st December 2016 – FDD's Long War Journal

Turkey is on a collision course with the Syrian regime and its backers

Merve Tahiroglu, Patrick Megahan

Last Thursday an attack struck Turkish positions near the Islamic State-held city of al-Bab in northern Syria, killing three soldiers and wounding 10. Centered between Turkish and rebel forces in the north, the Kurds in the east and west, and the Syrian regime forces in the south, al-Bab is the point of convergence for the three competing interests in northern Syria. more...

1st December 2016 – War on the Rocks

Ankara’s Turkmen House of Cards

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

The Mosul operation has made the predominantly Turkmen city of Tal Afar the latest focus of Turkey and Iran’s sectarian struggle for influence in post-Islamic State Iraq. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned against allowing Iran-backed Shiite militias to liberate the city. more...