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4th June 2018 – The Globalist

Erdogan’s Hostage Diplomacy: Why We Need a Transatlantic Response

Aykan Erdemir, Eric S. Edelman

An American pastor imprisoned in Turkey on espionage and terrorism charges will appear before a Turkish court on July 18th, ten days after the country’s second round of presidential elections. more...

31st May 2018 – FDD Research

Erdogan’s Hostage Diplomacy: Western Nationals in Turkish Prisons

Aykan Erdemir, Eric S. Edelman

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18th May 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Banker Sentenced for Iran Sanctions-Busting Scheme

Aykan Erdemir

A Manhattan court Wednesday sentenced Mehmet Hakan Atilla, deputy general manager of Turkey’s second-largest public lender, Halkbank, to 32 months in prison for his role in a multi-billion dollar scheme to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran. more...

13th May 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Shabaab advertises its al Qaeda allegiance

Thomas Joscelyn

Since late April, Shabaab has released a series of videos emphasizing its place in al Qaeda's global network. Two of the videos were recorded by the group's emir, Abu Ubaydah Ahmad Umar, a normally reclusive figure. Abu Ubaydah refers to the Taliban's emir as the "Commander of the Faithful" and Ayman al Zawahiri as the "father-emir" while addressing the mujahideen in Syria and Yemen. more...

8th May 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s Case Against U.S. Pastor Gets Even More Bizarre

Aykan Erdemir

U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson had his second hearing before a Turkish court on Monday after sitting in a Turkish prison for the last 18 months while facing groundless accusations of espionage and terrorism. The Turkish judges again refused to release the pastor, asking him to return on July 18. Brunson is one of the numerous Western nationals Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is holding as pawns to advance his “hostage diplomacy” with the West. more...

3rd May 2018 – Co-authored by Deniz Yuksel - Providence Magazine

US State Department Report Exposes Turkey’s Human Rights Abuses

Aykan Erdemir

The United States State Department released a report on April 20 detailing significant human rights abuses in Turkey, including the torture of detainees, forced disappearances, arbitrary arrests, and the detention of “tens of thousands” of individuals, including members of parliament as well as US consular staff in Turkey. The report marks a turning point in US-Turkish relations since it is the most critical one issued since the 1990s. more...

21st April 2018 – War on the Rocks

Turkey’s Snap Elections: Erdogan’s Improvised Gambit

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called snap elections on Wednesday, bringing forward parliamentary and presidential elections to June 24, almost 17 months earlier than scheduled. Erdogan was once a sworn enemy of early elections, referring to them previously as “a sign of underdevelopment” and “treason.” While his supporters now defend the surprise as the work of a master strategist, the Turkish president’s sudden change of heart and rush to call elections in 67 days reflects his insecurity. more...

15th April 2018 – The Washington Post

Turkey’s president is holding Americans hostage. Why aren’t we doing anything about it?

Aykan Erdemir, Eric S. Edelman

On April 16, an American pastor unjustly detained in a Turkish prison for 18 months will finally get to defend himself in court. Andrew Brunson, a Presbyterian minister from North Carolina, faces up to seven years of pretrial detention under Turkey’s draconian state of emergency. 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...

3rd April 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Erdogan Threatens to Expand War Against U.S. Partners in Syria

Romany Shaker

A bomb blast near the city of Manbij in northern Syria killed one American and one British soldier last week, not far from the front lines that separate Turkish forces from Syrian-Kurdish fighters and their U.S. partners in the anti-Islamic State coalition. The same day, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey has started preparations to eliminate Kurdish forces from three regions near the Syrian-Turkish border, which would entail a major expansion of the anti-Kurdish offensive, known as “Operation Olive Branch,” launched in January. more...

13th February 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Tillerson Goes to Turkey amid Sanctions Talk in Washington

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is scheduled to visit Turkey on Thursday amidst a breakdown of trust between the U.S. and its longtime NATO ally. Analysts are warning about “a real danger of a clash between U.S. and Turkish forces” in northern Syria. In Washington, lawmakers are calling for sanctions on Turkey with an ever-louder voice. more...

10th February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US terror designations expose 3 international facilitators for Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department has further exposed the Islamic State's international network by designating three facilitators as terrorists. The men have operated in the Philippines, Somalia, Turkey and elsewhere. One of them operates a business in Turkey that has acquired drone components for the so-called caliphate. more...

9th February 2018 – VOA Persia

VOA Persia

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer joins VOA Persia to discuss the stalemate between Turkey and the Kurds. more...

9th February 2018 – C-SPAN

C-SPAN

Merve Tahiroglu, Jonathan Schanzer

C-SPAN covered FDD's event, the Syrian Impasse: America Between Turkey and the Kurds, moderated by Merve Tahiroglu. more...

25th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: US Treasury Department reveals new details about the Taliban’s network

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Treasury Department designated six Taliban-Haqqani figures as terrorists today. Treasury's identifying information locates five of the six -- including three senior Taliban finance officials and the deputy leader of the group's military commission -- inside Pakistan. At least two of the newly-sanctioned men have ties to al Qaeda. more...

19th January 2018 – VOA Persia

VOA Persia

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu, Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer, Aykan Erdemir and Merve Tahiroglu discuss the greatest sanctions evasion scheme in recent history on VOA Persia. more...

17th January 2018 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast: Busted! Iran, Turkey and the Largest Sanctions-Evasion Scheme in Modern History

Clifford D. May, Jonathan Schanzer, Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

It was likely the largest sanctions-evasion scheme in modern history, involving top state officials from both Ankara and Tehran. more...

10th January 2018 – Quoted by Nick Ashdown - Ahval News

What is behind Erdoğan’s strong support for Tehran?

Behnam Ben Taleblu

As the largest anti-government protests in Iran in nearly a decade wind down, its neighbour Turkey has voiced support for the Iranian government. more...

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7th April 2017 - 12:00 PM

The ‘New Turkey’ and its Discontents

On April 16, Turkey will hold a historic referendum to determine the future of its democracy. After 14 years in power, Turkey’s Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes to cement his one-man rule and shield himself from political and legal challenges. But Erdogan’s hold on power is not a certainty. Following widespread domestic protests, embarrassing graft probes, and last summer’s failed coup attempt, Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP)-led government is now perceived by many to be increasingly corrupt and authoritarian.

21st July 2016 - 12:00 PM

After the Failed Coup: Prospects for Turkish Stability and the U.S.-Turkey Alliance

In light of this weekend's failed coup attempt and the ongoing instability in Turkey, FDD hosted a timely lunch conversation on Thursday, July 21 at 12:00pm with director of the Wilson Center's Middle East Program Henri Barkey; former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Eric Edelman; former Turkish MP Aykan Erdemir;  and founding director of The Middle East Institute’s Center for Turkish Studies Gönül Tol. The conversation was moderated by John Hannah.