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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...

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


Merve Tahiroglu, Jonathan Schanzer

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

17th October 2017 – Fox News

Happening Now

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses the Iraq-Kurd conflict on Fox News' Happening Now. more...

30th September 2017 – i24 News

Strictly Security

Aykan Erdemir

FDD seior fellow Aykan Erdemir discuss the Kurdish referendum for independence on Strictly Security on i24 News. more...

29th September 2017 – CGTN

The Heat

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir joins a discussion on Kurdistan’s independence referendum on CGTN's The Heat. more...

26th September 2017 – WORLD Radio

The World and Everything In It

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses the teaching of jihad to school children in Turkey. more...

26th September 2017 – i24 News

Special Edition

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow joins i24 News to discuss the Kurdish referendum. more...

26th September 2017 – SBS Radio Turkish

SBS Radio Turkish

Aykan Erdemir

A former member of the Turkish Parliament Aykan Erdemir is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in USA. Mr Erdemir is talking on Iraqi Kurds' independence referendum and Turkeys anxieties. more...

12th September 2017 – BBC World Service


Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir joins Newshour on BBC World Service to talk about the recent weapons deal between Turkey and Russia. more...

8th September 2017 – Medyascope TV

This Week in Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

Aykan Erdemir on former Turkish minister's involvement in the Zarrab case. more...

24th August 2017 – i24 News


Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir joins Crossroads on i24 News to discuss the Kurdish referendum more...

1st August 2017 – BBC World News

World News Today

Aykan Erdemir

FDD Senior Fellow Aykan Erdemir talks about mass trials in Turkey. more...

15th July 2017 – CGTN

The World Today

Aykan Erdemir

CGTN's Susan Roberts spoke with former Turkish Parliament member and FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir, one year after the failed coup in Turkey. more...

14th July 2017 – War on the Rocks


Aykan Erdemir

As a former member of Turkish parliament and a respected academic, Aykan Erdemir has important views on what last year's coup attempt did to Turkey and how President Erdogan used the episode to solidify his authoritarian hold on power. Ryan Evans spoke with him to mark tomorrow's anniversary of the attempted putsch, which killed 249 people. Erdemir is a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. more...

11th July 2017 – News Radio WINA

The Schilling Show

Aykan Erdemir

Senior Fellow of Foundation for Defense of Democracies Dr. Aykan Erdemir calls in to share points on Historic relationship between US and Turkey, Erdogan, and Possibility of removal from NATO. more...

9th June 2017 – Global Journalist

Turkey’s Dying Democracy

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses Turkey's "democracy" and its prospects for the future. more...

18th May 2017 – Syndicated

Buck Sexton with America Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Senior Vice President Jonathan Schanzer discusses Erdogan's visit to DC. more...


Jonathan Schanzer

Senior Vice President

John Hannah

Senior Counselor

Aykan Erdemir

Senior Fellow


Merve Tahiroglu

Research Analyst


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.