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19th July 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s Refusal to Release American Pastor Elicits Strong Bipartisan Reaction

Aykan Erdemir

A Turkish court refused yesterday to release U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson, detained for 21 months on trumped-up charges of terrorism and espionage. Brunson is one of the more than 50 Western nationals, residents, and employees arrested on dubious charges as part of Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s “hostage diplomacy,” designed to extract concessions from the West. The Turkish court’s decision to remand Brunson until October elicited a strong reaction across the U.S. political spectrum. more...

7th April 2018 – Quoted by Amberin Zaman - Diken

Türk-Amerikan ilişkilerinde Pompeo dönemi

Aykan Erdemir

ABD dışişleri bakanlığının yeni patronu Mike Pompeo, Türkiye’ye nasıl yaklaşacak? Rex Tillerson’un son günlerde benimsediği yumuşaklık politikasını mı sürdürecek? Yoksa Türkiye’nin Amerika’ya yönelik agresif tutumu karşısında sertleşecek mi? more...

6th April 2018 – Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Turkey: Deal to buy Russian weapons ‘is final’

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey, a NATO ally of the U.S., will follow through with a deal to purchase anti-aircraft defenses from Russia, which could pose a significant international relations challenge to the Trump administration. more...

6th April 2018 – Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - K24

Pentagon affirms commitment to US presence in Syria as questions remain

Aykan Erdemir

Pentagon officials reaffirmed the US commitment to a continued presence in Syria until the Islamic State (IS) is defeated and the US has ensured the terrorist group cannot reemerge. more...

6th December 2017 – Quoted by Bill Powell - Newsweek

Why The Trump Team May Be Worried About A Billion-Dollar Money Laundering Case

Aykan Erdemir

Over nearly six years, Zarrab had smuggled up to $1 billion of gold into Iran in exchange for cash, violating sanctions against Tehran, which the U.S. put in place in response to the country’s nuclear program. Zarrab had also arranged to sell Iranian oil and gas (another sanctions violation) using phony invoices to legitimize the deals under a legal U.N. oil for food program. more...

5th December 2017 – Quoted by CAMERA

The Hill Omits Turkey’s Support for Hamas

Jonathan Schanzer

A Hill dispatch about Turkey threatening to cut ties with Israel, omitted key information about Ankara’s support for Hamas, a U.S.-designated terror group committed to the Jewish state’s destruction ("Turkey: Recognizing Jerusalem as Israeli Capital Would Be 'Red Line' for Muslims," Dec. 5, 2017). more...

5th December 2017 – Quoted by Jamie McIntyre - The Washington Examiner

Can the US-Turkey marriage be saved?

Jonathan Schanzer

The United States and Turkey, nominally close NATO allies, are looking more and more like an old, bickering married couple who can’t agree on much of anything, but are putting on a brave face for the sake of the children. more...

28th November 2017 – Quoted by Ayla Jean Yackley - Al-Monitor

Turkey’s Alevis on edge after homes vandalized

Aykan Erdemir

Members of the Alevi religious community are on edge after vandals targeted several homes in eastern Turkey, recalling earlier violence against the country’s largest minority and rousing fears that a surge in nationalism is stoking ethnic tensions. more...

25th November 2017 – Quoted by Dave Clark - Agence France Presse

Turkey support key as US seeks to hold on in Syria

Aykan Erdemir

The Islamic State group may be on the run from its last bastion in Syria but the United States is gearing up for a longer stay in the country. more...

20th November 2017 – Quoted by Chuck Ross - The Daily Caller

CNN’s Turkish Media Problem

Aykan Erdemir

To survive as a major news outlet in Turkey these days, TV networks and newspapers must stay on the good side of the NATO nation’s authoritarian president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his ruling Justice & Development Party. more...

19th November 2017 – Quoted by Thomas Seibert - The Arab Weekly

Russia emerges as major partner for Turkey’s Syria policy

Aykan Erdemir

- In a sign of an emerging alli­ance two years after Turkish- Russian relations plunged into crisis, Ankara is banking on Moscow to help Turkey reach its main goals regarding the conflict in Syria. more...

18th November 2017 – Quoted by Ahval News

Turkey supported both sides of the Syrian conflict, analyst says

Turkey provided money and arms for anti-Assad militants in Syria, while also helping Iran, Assad’s backer, to evade U.S. sanctions, BuzzFeed quoted a foreign politics expert as saying. more...

18th November 2017 – Quoted by Ahval News

Turkey supported both sides of the Syrian conflict, analyst says

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey provided money and arms for anti-Assad militants in Syria, while also helping Iran, Assad’s backer, to evade U.S. sanctions, BuzzFeed quoted a foreign politics expert as saying. more...

17th November 2017 – Quoted by Mitch Prothero - BuzzFeed

Danger For Turkey’s Erdogan Grows From New York Money Laundering Case

Aykan Erdemir

From 2011 to 2013, even as Turkish officials were declaring their financial and military support for the anti-Assad rebels in Syria, top officials closely linked to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were helping the Syrian regime’s then most powerful backer, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, launder money and evade sanctions, according to multiple filings made by U.S. prosecutors in a case scheduled to go to trial later this month in New York City. more...

13th November 2017 – Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Turkey’s Erdogan: US, Russia should leave Syria

Aykan Erdemir

American and Russian military forces should withdraw from Syria, according to the leader of a key NATO ally. more...

12th November 2017 – Qutoed by Thomas Seibert - The Arab Weekly

As Turkey and US agree to disagree, Erdogan heads east

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey and the United States have failed to iron out differences in key ar­eas of their relationship, including a visa dispute, during high-level talks that put a spotlight on tensions between An­kara and the West. more...

10th November 2017 – Quoted by Nick Ashdown - The Jewish Chronicle

Turkish Jews open doors to confront antisemitism

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s small Jewish community got a rare chance to showcase its culture in Istanbul on Sunday during the European Days of Jewish Culture event. more...

2nd November 2017 – Quoted by Raziye Akkoc and Luana Sarmini-Buonaccorsi - Agence France Presse

Year after arrests, Turkey pro-Kurd party weakened but defiant

Aykan Erdemir

One year after the arrest of its charismatic chief, Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party defiantly insists it is the only true opposition against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan but faces an uphill battle to remain a major force. more...

25th October 2017 – Quoted by Micah Meadowcroft - The Washington Free Beacon

The Rise of Erdogan’s ‘Hostage Diplomacy’

Eric S. Edelman, Aykan Erdemir

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's president, has begun an age of "hostage diplomacy" in the year following last July's failed coup attempt, as he attempts to use foreign nationals as "bargaining chips" in international affairs, according to a panel hosted by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. more...

24th October 2017 – Quoted by Carlo Muñoz - The Washington Times

Ex-envoy says U.S. should prepare to lose Turkish base

Eric S. Edelman

Relations between Ankara and Washington have grown so fraught during recent months that the Pentagon should prepare alternatives to a key Turkish air base for regional operations, a former U.S. ambassador to Turkey said Tuesday. more...

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