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26th April 2018 – Quoted by Alex MacDonald - Middle East Eye

Turkish opposition quashes Gul presidency rumours after supporter backlash

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey's opposition CHP party has quashed rumours it will nominate Abdullah Gul as its presidential candidate after condemnation from supporters and MPs, with one high-profile member branding him "an accomplice and brother" of the incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan. more...

26th April 2018 – Quoted by Jennifer Wishon - CBN

American Pastor Caught Up in Turkey’s ‘Crusade Against the West’

Aykan Erdemir

After a hearing that lasted 12 hours, American Pastor Andrew Brunson is back inside a Turkish prison cell. more...

22nd April 2018 – Quoted by Ahval

Erdoğan’s move was a makeshift reaction -former politician

Aykan Erdemir

While the pro-government media presented Turkish president Erdoğan’s decision to call snap elections a well-thought move showing his mastery, the decision is more the result of duress than stratagem, wrote former Turkish politician Aykan Erdemir in his commentary in the War on the Rocks. 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...

21st April 2018 – Quoted by Fariba Nawa - The New Yorker

The Unlikely New Hero of Turkey’s Opposition

Aykan Erdemir

There’s something unusual in Ovacık, a village in a snow-capped valley in eastern Turkey where the Turkish Air Force regularly bombs Kurdish rebels. more...

20th April 2018 – Quoted by Mindy Belz - World

Globe Trot International

Aykan Erdemir

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in calling for snap elections this week, is showing signs of panic as opposition to his emergency-law rule grows. more...

19th April 2018 – Quoted by Kristina Jovanovski - NBC News

Erdogan ‘needs every vote’ and is looking to Turks in U.S. for support

Aykan Erdemir

A year after his bodyguards brawled with protesters on a Washington street, Turkey's strongman president is bringing his ruling party to the United States in what observers say is a campaign to improve its battered reputation. more...

19th April 2018 – Quoted by Metro Voice

American pastor in horrific danger after ‘disturbing’ Turkish trial

Aykan Erdemir

American Pastor Andrew Brunson, who’s being held in a Turkish prison, is getting support from President Donald Trump and a petition for his release spreading across the nation. more...

19th April 2018 – Quoted by Amberin Zaman - Al Monitor

Is an AKP victory inevitable in upcoming Turkish polls?

Aykan Erdemir

As the shock of early elections announced yesterday begins to recede, a sense of inevitability is seizing Turkey. No matter what, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will emerge victorious, or so groupthink has it. more...

18th April 2018 – BBC


Aykan Erdemir

FDD's Aykan Erdemir joins BBC's Newsday to discuss the snap elections in Turkey announced recently by President Erdogan. more...

18th April 2018 – Quoted by Adria Rocha Cutiller - El Periodico

Erdogan adelanta las elecciones un año y medio, al 24 de junio

Aykan Erdemir

El presidente turco, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, ha convocado este miércoles elecciones presidenciales y parlamentarias anticipadas para el 24 de junio de este año. Dentro de dos meses. more...

17th April 2018 – CBN News

CBN News

Aykan Erdemir

FDD's Aykan Erdemir joins CBN to discuss the recent trial for US Pastor Andrew Brunson and the results following the hearing. more...

16th April 2018 – Quoted by Joshua Gill - The Daily Caller

North Carolina Pastor Starts Trial In Turkey. Here’s Why That Matters

Aykan Erdemir

A U.S. pastor held in Turkey on dubious terror charges began trial Monday, rejecting accusations of aiding an Islamist movement and spying against Turkey’s government. more...

16th April 2018 – ARTI TV

Arti Haber

Aykan Erdemir

FDD's Aykan Erdemir appeared live on ARTI TV's News Hour to discuss the Andrew Brunson case and Erdogan's hostage diplomacy. 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...

4th April 2018 – Quoted by Salom

Web´den Seçmeler

Aykan Erdemir

Yaşanmış acıları inkâr etmeden, yaşanmış acıları ille de mukayese etmeden konuşmak, tartışmak zorundayız. Veyahut: Önyargıları ve inkârcı bakış açılarını tarihin çöp tenekesine atmak zorundayız, eğer bu dünyada barışı içtenlikle istiyorsak... Gaz odasından çıkan Yahudilerin yakıldığı o korkunç fırınların oraya kocaman yazmışlar:Tarih hatırlanmazsa, çaresiz bir daha yaşanır! more...

26th March 2018 – Quoted by Ahval

Turkey’s Erdoğan turns criticism of Syria operations to his advantage

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is turning Western criticism of Turkey’s military adventures in Syria to his own political advantage, wrote Thomas Seibert writes in The Arab Weekly. more...