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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...

8th June 2018 – Quoted by Lida Filippakis - Independent Balkan News Agency

From the U.S. to Turkey: Will the Senate vote for or against the transfer of the F-35 jets?

Aykan Erdemir, Eric S. Edelman

Not even a week later, and after Cavusoglu's positiveness and confidence regarding the delivery of the F-35 Lightning II fighters from the United States to Turkey, the U.S. Senate "is readying to vote next week on a bill that would block such transaction", reads. more...

8th June 2018 – Quoted by Lela Gilbert - Newsmax

Growing Outcry Demands That Turkey Release Pastor Brunson

Aykan Erdemir, Eric S. Edelman

Over 100 members of the European parliament have signed off on a letter to Turkish President Recep Erdogan demanding the release of imprisoned U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson. 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...

3rd June 2018 – Quoted by Ahval

The upcoming elections might surprise all of us, says Turkey expert

Aykan Erdemir, Eric S. Edelman

Senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a Washington think tank, Dr. Aykan Erdemir holds that the upcoming presidential elections might have a big surprise in store for Turkey. more...

3rd June 2018 – Quoted by Yavuz Baydar - The Arab Weekly

An anti-Erdogan storm is brewing in Washington

Aykan Erdemir, Eric S. Edelman

“My way or no way.” That is perceived to be the brand of politics pursued by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Or so many of Turkey’s Western allies believe. more...

1st June 2018 – Quoted by Stockholm Center for Freedom

FDD report: Turkey’s jailing of Western nationals is ‘hostage diplomacy’

Aykan Erdemir, Eric S. Edelman

A Washington think tank has warned that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is holding a number of Western nationals in jail to use them as “bargaining chips” against their countries in what they called “hostage diplomacy.” more...

31st May 2018 – Quoted by Ahval

Do not deal with Erdogan pragmatically - U.S. think tank

Aykan Erdemir, Eric S. Edelman

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a Washington think tank, has issued a new report on Western nationals' long months of imprisonment in Turkish jails entitled 'Erdoğan's Hostage Diplomacy. Western Nationals in Turkish Prisons." more...

31st May 2018 – Quoted by Agence France Presse

Experts urge Western response to Turkish ‘hostage diplomacy’

Aykan Erdemir, Eric S. Edelman

Turkey is using foreign prisoners in its jails as diplomatic bargaining chips and Western governments should adopt a coordinated response, US-based experts warned Thursday. more...

31st May 2018 – Quoted by Ari Khalidi - Kurdistan 24

US experts call Turkey’s jailing of Western nationals ‘hostage diplomacy’

Aykan Erdemir, Eric S. Edelman

US-based experts on Thursday warned that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was holding some Western nationals in jail to use them as “bargaining chips” against their countries in what they described as “hostage diplomacy.” more...

31st May 2018 – FDD Research

Erdogan’s Hostage Diplomacy: Western Nationals in Turkish Prisons

Aykan Erdemir, Eric S. Edelman


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...

6th March 2018 – The Weekly Standard

Erdogan’s Rising Islamist Militarism

Eric S. Edelman, Merve Tahiroglu

The 6-year-old child who cried in front of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has become a global sensation. Erdogan spotted the weeping girl wearing a military uniform during an address at his party’s congress last week, brought her onto the stage, and told her that if she died as a martyr, her coffin would be covered with the Turkish flag she held in her pocket. more...

30th January 2018 – Quoted by McKay Coppins - The Atlantic

How the Swamp Drained Trump

Eric S. Edelman

On a drizzly January afternoon one year ago, a newly sworn in President Donald J. Trump stood on the steps of the United States Capitol, doing his best to terrify America’s ruling class. more...

26th January 2018 – Quoted by Michael Warren - The Weekly Standard

When Allies Attack

Eric S. Edelman

The Trump administration did not condemn Turkey last week after the country’s military began attacking Kurdish forces in northwestern Syria. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders exemplified the administration’s response: “We hear and take seriously Turkey’s legitimate security concerns,” she said on January 22, two days after the Turks began an air and ground assault on the city of Afrin. more...

24th January 2018 – Quoted by Nicole Gaouette - CNN

Trump and Erdogan will talk amid US-Turkey tensions

Eric S. Edelman

Turkey's attacks on Kurdish-controlled areas of Syria are stripping bare deep tensions with the United States and are sure to be a topic of discussion in a call between President Donald Trump and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that's set for Wednesday. more...

23rd January 2018 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Turkey and Russia run rings around Trump

Eric S. Edelman

While the United States has been absorbed with a government shutdown and a debate about President Trump’s mental stability, Turkey — a NATO partner — has invaded Syria and is attacking our Kurdish allies, who have assisted greatly in the war against the Islamic State. more...

22nd January 2018 – Quoted by Edward Hunt - Mintpress

A Rare Glimpse Into the Inner Workings of American Empire in the Middle East

Eric S. Edelman

In recent testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, four former U.S. diplomats provided remarkably candid commentary on recent U.S. involvement in the Middle East, revealing a number of the most closely guarded secrets of U.S. diplomacy. more...

15th December 2017 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

The problem with Trump’s Middle East policy: He doesn’t have one

Eric S. Edelman

Eleven months into the Trump presidency, our Middle East policy amounts to a series of stunts — an isolated retaliatory attack on Syria for use of chemical weapons, “decertifying” the Iran deal (to the consternation of those egging on the administration, hoping that the European Union and Congress would act, exactly nothing has happened since President Trump’s announcement a month ago) and now an announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (but won’t be moving the embassy for years, says the secretary of state). more...

14th December 2017 – Quoted by Katelyn Caralle - The Washington Free Beacon

Cotton Presses Former Middle East Ambassadors on Reducing Iranian Influence in Syria

Eric S. Edelman

Republican Sen. Tom Cotton (Ark.) on Thursday asked four former U.S. ambassadors to Middle Eastern countries testifying before a congressional committee what they believe are the best steps that Washington can take to counter Iran's influence in Syria. more...