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17th August 2018 – The American Interest

The Fallout of Qatar’s Bailout

Aykan Erdemir, Varsha Koduvayur

Turkey’s economy has been in a dramatic tailspin, with its currency plunging more than 40 percent in the past 12 months. Qatar stepped in Wednesday to stanch Turkey’s bleeding, albeit not as soon as Ankara would have liked. In the process, Doha also inserted itself in the middle of a major U.S.-Turkish dispute, by taking sides with a Turkish government that holds U.S. citizens and State Department employees hostage. more...

11th August 2018 – Politico Europe

Turkey’s perfect storm

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, came to power on the heels of the 2001 financial crisis that ended entire political careers. Following Friday’s meltdown in the Turkish economy, a day Turks are already hailing as “Black Friday,” many are left wondering whether Erdoğan will also fall from power. more...

10th August 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Economy Minister Fails to Save Currency

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

With the Turkish lira caught in a downward spiral, millions in Turkey today tuned into the long-anticipated speech of Berat Albayrak, the country’s newly minted economy czar and son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. more...

10th August 2018 – Kurdistan 24

Turkish delegation left US with no agreement

Aykan Erdemir

In the first extended official US comments following Wednesday’s meetings between the US State Department and Turkey’s Foreign Ministry, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert confirmed that the crisis in US-Turkish relations persists. more...

8th August 2018 – Co-authored by John Lechner - The National Interest

How Russia Plans to Get Turkey on Its Side

Aykan Erdemir

June has been a tough month for the board of Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), the joint Turco-Russian megaproject and Turkey’s first nuclear reactor. On June 19, Russian authorities arrested on charges of espionage Karina Tsurkan, an energy executive at Moscow-based Inter RAO and former board member of Akkuyu. more...

8th August 2018 – Co-authored by Gonul Tol - The Globalist

U.S. Sanctions on Turkish Ministers Require Recalibration

Aykan Erdemir

The Trump administration has now made good on its threat to sanction Turkey if Ankara refused to release an American pastor from custody. more...

2nd August 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Treasury Sanctions Top Turkish Officials

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

In an unprecedented move against a NATO ally, the U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions yesterday against two Turkish cabinet ministers for their human rights abuses, especially the detention and arrest of North Carolina Pastor Andrew Brunson. more...

1st August 2018 – The Washington Times

In Turkey and Pakistan, discouraging elections

Clifford D. May

Not so long ago, freedom and democracy seemed to be on the march in the world, with Turkey and Pakistan, two strategically important Muslim-majority nations, near the front of the parade. That turns out to have been an illusion. Elections recently held in these countries have, paradoxically, made that clear. more...

30th July 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkey Vows to Defy U.S. Sanctions on Iran – Again

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Merve Tahiroglu

As the August 6 deadline approaches for the reinstatement of U.S. sanctions on Iran, Turkey has declared it “will not obey” and is vowing to continue buying oil from the Islamic Republic. more...

25th July 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Court Takes a U-Turn, Releases American Pastor to House Arrest

Aykan Erdemir

In response to an appeal by U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson’s attorney, a Turkish court ruled today that authorities should transfer him from prison to house arrest on health grounds. The same court, during the pastor’s previous hearing a week ago, refused to release Brunson, prolonging his 21-month detention on trumped-up charges of terrorism and espionage. more...

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...

17th July 2018 – WORLD

The Brunson farce

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

On Wednesday American pastor Andrew Brunson—unjustly detained in a Turkish prison for almost 20 months—will appear in court. Turkish judges refused to release him after his previous two hearings on April 16 and May 7. more...

1st July 2018 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast: Turkey’s Election, Erdogan’s Counterrevolution

Clifford D. May, Eric S. Edelman, Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Not so long ago, Turkey appeared to be the model: a Muslim-majority nation that was becoming free, democratic and prosperous; a NATO ally; a friend of America and Europe. more...

23rd June 2018 – The Globalist

Turkish Elections: A Win That Cannot Be Stolen

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey will go to the polls Sunday to elect both its president and the members of its 600-seat parliament. more...

22nd June 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Elections: A Win That Cannot Be Stolen

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey will go to the polls Sunday to elect both its president and the members of its 600-seat parliament. Confronted by a looming economic crisis as well as pressure from his allies on the far right, incumbent strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan chose to call early elections 17 months ahead of schedule. more...

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


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...


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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.