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Analysis & Commentary - Aykan Erdemir

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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...

19th July 2018 – Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan 24

US supports peaceful protests in Iraq

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

“We support people’s rights to peacefully protest,” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert explained, as she responded to a question from Kurdistan 24 about the popular demonstrations in Iraq that have now entered their second week. more...

18th July 2018 – Quoted by Guiame

Pastor teve libertação negada pela Turquia, mas pregou Evangelho no tribunal

Aykan Erdemir

As esperanças foram frustradas diante da possibilidade de libertação do pastor americano Andrew Brunson, preso na Turquia por acusações de terrorismo. A próxima audiência foi marcada para 12 de outubro. more...

18th July 2018 – Quoted by Joshua Gill - The Daily Caller

Turkey defies US demands, rules American pastor will stay imprisoned

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish authorities ruled Wednesday that an American pastor held on dubious charges of espionage would remain imprisoned, despite the U.S.’s repeated demands for his freedom. more...

18th July 2018 – Quoted by Erem News

Turkish Parliament: Erdogan’s policy “contradictory” and gave legitimacy to Assad in Syria

Aykan Erdemir

Before announcing the election results in Turkey , Turkish People's Party leader Kemal Klitsdaroglu asked the crowd: "When you talk in the phone, are you talking reassuringly? Are you worried to find out that you are being eavesdropped? If you have fear or concern, it means that this country is ruled by dictatorship. " more...

18th July 2018 – Quoted by World Watch Monitor

Hopes dashed for release of pastor Andrew Brunson as Turkish trial to continue in October

Aykan Erdemir

Hopes were dashed for the imminent release of an American pastor jailed in Turkey on terrorism charges as a Turkish court today ordered him to remain behind bars. more...

18th July 2018 – Quoted by Liberty McArtor - The Stream

American Pastor Andrew Brunson Will Remain in Jail, Says Turkish Court

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Hopes for Pastor Andrew Brunson’s release were dashed Wednesday, when a Turkish court pushed his next hearing to October 12. more...

17th July 2018 – Quoted by Ahval

‘Türkiye nükleer bombayı düşünüyor olmalı’

Aykan Erdemir

Wayne McLean Lowy Institute için kaleme aldığı analizinde Türkiye’nin yakın gelecekteki nükleer politikasına yönelik ihtimalleri yazdı. more...

17th July 2018 – Quoted by Hollie McKay - Fox News

Critics say Turkish government using US mosques to play politics, spy on foes

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent re-election is fueling concerns about his growing powers not just in Turkey but here in the U.S., according to experts who believe he's determined to spread his controversial brand of Islamist-nationalistic fervor through a network of mosques and religious centers. more...

17th July 2018 – Quoted by Jennifer Wishon - CBN

Turkish Court Sends American Pastor Brunson Back to Prison

Aykan Erdemir

A Turkish court has sent Pastor Andrew Brunson back to prison to await a new court hearing set for October 12. more...

17th July 2018 – Quoted by Amberin Zaman - Al Monitor

Hopes soar for US pastor’s release as Trump fist-bumps Erdogan

Aykan Erdemir

Hopes that Turkey will free a North Carolina pastor who has been held in a Turkish prison on trumped-up terror charges for 21 months are high ahead of his third courtroom hearing on July 18, amid a mix of cajoling and threats from Washington. more...

16th July 2018 – Quoted by Wayne McLean - The Interpreter

Turkey must be thinking of the Bomb

Aykan Erdemir

Actors not invested in the Western liberal order are enjoying a period of resurgence. While analysts chase meaning in US President Donald Trump’s many erratic policies, there are some threads of consistency, including his affection for strongmen and his scepticism about the existing economic and security orders. more...

8th July 2018 – Quoted by Sarah Stern - The Algemeiner

Time to Wake Up to Erdoğan’s Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

On June 25, we awoke to the somber news that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had secured a victory in Turkey’s presidential elections. The reason this news is so grim is because he is a very dangerous man who wants to establish a Turkish Islamist caliphate and has simultaneously been eroding human rights inside Turkey and grabbing more power for himself. more...

2nd July 2018 – Quoted by Ahval

Erdogan’s victory likely to lead Turkey on collision course with West - analysis

Aykan Erdemir

“Erdogan’s AKP will have to rely on the far-right MHP’s support,” Seibert quotes Aykan Erdemir, a senior fellow at the Washington think-tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies, as saying. more...

28th June 2018 – Quoted by Cuneyt Dil - Ahval

Turkey’s elections were neither free, nor fair, two experts say

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s presidential and parliamentary elections were neither free nor fair, two experts on the country said, due to the state of emergency, political violence, and the imprisonment of an opposition candidate. more...

27th June 2018 – Quoted by CGTN

The Heat: Erdogan will face a series of challenges

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won a new term in office as Turkey’s leader after a hard-fought, competitive electoral contest, getting about 53 percent of the vote. more...

27th June 2018 – Quoted by Orhan Coskun - Reuters

After election boost, Turkey’s Erdogan may reward nationalists with cabinet jobs

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan could give his nationalist allies cabinet posts, sources said, rewarding their support for his AK Party in parliament and signaling a tough line against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria and militants at home. more...

27th June 2018 – Quoted by Ahval

New Turkish government likely to have nationalist tinge – Reuters

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s new government, which is to be formed from a coalition of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the hard-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), may for the first time since 2015 see the AKP sharing cabinet seats with other political parties, Reuters said. more...

26th June 2018 – Quoted by Ethel Bonet - La Razon

Los superpoderes de Erdogan

Aykan Erdemir

Turquía despertó ayer exhausta después de unas intensas elecciones que le han dado otra vez la mayoría absoluta a Recep Tayyip Erdogan. more...

26th June 2018 – Quoted by Susanne Gusten - Die Rheinpfalz

Schub für Großmachtambitionen

Aykan Erdemir

Fast zwei von drei Wählern in der Türkei haben am Sonntag eine konservative oder nationalistische Partei gewählt. more...