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18th September 2017 – Quoted by Thomas Seibart - The Arab Weekly

Erdogan to appeal to Trump as US sanctions probe intensifies

Aykan Erdemir

As Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, prepares to meet Don­ald Trump in New York in the coming days amid increasing tensions between Tur­key and the US, analysts say the en­counter is unlikely to keep relations between the two countries from sliding into a deeper crisis. more...

13th September 2017 – Quoted by Burak Akinci - Xinhua

A resilient female politician could challenge Erdogan in Turkey’s next elections

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey's former nationalist Interior Minister Meral Aksener is being touted as a possible challenger to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the next presidential election. more...

12th September 2017 – Quoted by Fulya Ozerkan - Agence France Presse

Turkey signs landmark Russian weapons deal

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey has signed a deal for its first major weapons purchase from Moscow to buy S-400 missile defence systems, both sides announced Tuesday, in an accord that could trouble Ankara's NATO allies. more...

1st September 2017 – Quoted by Menejse Tokyay - Arab News

Speculation rife over explosion in Turkey’s Izmir province

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s western province of Izmir woke up on the eve of Eid Al-Adha to an explosion near a moving prison bus. more...

31st August 2017 – Quoted by Chuck Ross - The Daily Caller

Turkey-Owned Bank Implicated In Money Laundering Case Hires Trump-Connected Lobbying Firm

Aykan Erdemir

A bank controlled by the Turkish government that has been implicated in a massive money laundering scheme has hired a Florida-based lobbying firm with close ties to the Trump White House. more...

30th August 2017 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Trump’s foreign policy gets one right

Aykan Erdemir

We haven’t been shy about criticizing the Trump administration’s many foreign policy failures. It’s only fair then to acknowledge when it gets one right. more...

26th August 2017 – Quoted by James Kitfield - The Atlantic

How James Mattis Tried to Explain Trump to the World

Aykan Erdemir

“Just as Mattis sought to reassure nervous allies, back home there were numerous reminders that the populist and intemperate impulses of his boss will not be tamed.” more...

22nd August 2017 – Quoted by Charles Bybelezer - The Media Line

Erdogan’s Turkey: Reliable Partner Or Western Foe?

Benjamin Weinthal

Turkish president unleashes unprecedented verbal attack on Germany, as West ponders future ties with NATO member. more...

21st August 2017 – Citado por Sabor809

España escoge el bando equivocado al arrestar a los disidentes turcos

Eric S. Edelman

Solo una o dos semanas después del fracaso del golpe en Turquía, que tuvo lugar el 15 de julio de 2017, me interesé por algunas cuestiones legales que podían ser de interés para cualquiera de mis amigos periodistas o académicos, que o bien se encontraban en tierras europeas o habían huido del país. more...

18th August 2017 – Quoted by Mitch Prothero - BuzzFeed

Turkey Is Engaging In Hostage Diplomacy With The US, Officials Say

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey has arrested a number of US and German nationals and is using them as bargaining chips to force the return of suspected coup plotters, according to Western officials. more...

13th August 2017 – Quoted by Thomas Seibert - The Arab Weekly

Turkey follows Brotherhood affinities but faces risks in siding with Qatar

Aykan Erdemir

By staging joint military exercises with Qatar, Tur­key signalled that it val­ues its partnership with Doha in the quarrel with other Gulf countries more than a possible mediating role in the dis­pute. more...

10th August 2017 – Quoted by Lela Gilbert - Newsmax

Erdogan’s Turkey Increasingly Dangerous for Christians

Aykan Erdemir

What a stunning, intriguing travel destination Turkey used to be. And once upon a time, it was a uniquely safe and secular state remarkably free of extremism, despite a teeming, overwhelmingly Muslim population that numbers some 79.5 million souls. more...

9th August 2017 – Citado por HispanTV

‘Erdogan busca obtener arma nuclear con ayuda de Rusia y Japón’

Aykan Erdemir

El presidente turco, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, trata de conseguir una bomba atómica, afirma un periodista turco. more...

8th August 2017 – Quoted by Rebecca Flood - Express

Turkey is trying to get an ATOMIC BOMB in secret weapons plan, warns expert

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is attempting to get hold of an atomic bomb in a plot to build up the nation's weapons, an expert has claimed. more...

30th July 2017 – Citado por Adrià Rocha Cutiller - El Periodico

Turquía mira hacia Rusia

Aykan Erdemir

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, antes un gran amigo de Occidente, está muy enfadado. Cuando, hace unos años, buscaba aliados en el exterior, el presidente turco giraba la cabeza hacia el Atlántico y la OTAN -organización de la que Turquía forma parte desde 1952- y hacia el norte, hacia la UE. Turquía, desde su nacimiento, ha intentado ser el puente entre el mundo occidental y el mundo islámico; el nexo entre estas dos realidades separadas por el Mediterráneo. more...

30th July 2017 – Citado por Iton Gadol

Alarma en Turquía después del ataque a la sinagoga Neve Shalom

Aykan Erdemir

Un grupo de ultra nacionalistas turcos lanzó un ataque contra la sinagoga Neve Shalom, en Estambul, el jueves por la noche. Manifestantes llevaron carteles con fotos de la mezquita Al-Aqsa de Jerusalem, donde las autoridades israelíes impusieron la semana pasada nuevas restricciones de seguridad para los fieles palestinos. more...

26th July 2017 – Quoted by Laura Pitel - The Media Line

Alarm Bells In Turkey After Synagogue Attack

Aykan Erdemir

On a quiet backstreet not far from Istanbul’s famous Galata Tower on Thursday night, a group of Turkish ultra-nationalists launched an attack on the city’s Neve Shalom Synagogue. Protesters held placards bearing photos of Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque, where Israeli authorities last week imposed new security restrictions for Palestinian worshipers. They hurled stones and kicked the synagogue’s steel doors. more...

18th July 2017 – Quoted by Daniel Pipes - Gatestone Institute

Another Turkish Ambassador Confronts Me

Eric S. Edelman

In February, Turkey's ambassador to Israel told this author to stay away from his country; at least he did so diplomatically. In June, Turkey's ambassador to Bulgaria treated me in a remarkably rude and undiplomatic manner. more...

16th July 2017 – Quoted by Patrick Kingsley - The New York Times

Erdogan and Supporters Stage Rally on Anniversary of Failed Coup

Aykan Erdemir

Less than a week after the largest opposition rally in Turkey in years, hundreds of thousands of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s supporters made their own show of strength by gathering on Saturday night to commemorate the anniversary of last year’s failed coup. more...

14th July 2017 – Quoted by Jared Malsin - Time Magazine

Turkey’s ‘Iron Lady’ Meral Aksener Is Getting Ready to Challenge Erdogan

Aykan Erdemir

Meral Aksener doesn’t run from fights. Turkey’s former interior minister is known informally as asena, or she-wolf. 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.