Analysis & Commentary

22nd April 2017 - Quoted by Kristen McTighe - NBC News

Donald Trump Wins Turkish Friends by Cozying to Turkey’s Erdogan

Aykan Erdemir

Accusations of voter fraud, alleged human rights abuses, and concerns about a slide toward authoritarianism — none of this stopped President Donald Trump congratulating Turkey's leader on his controversial referendum victory this week.

21st April 2017 - Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Russia pushes for Iranian membership in NATO counterweight group

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Russia wants Iran to receive full membership in a geopolitical organization designed as a partial counterweight to NATO and other western pacts, a move that would likely deepen the economic and military ties between the two governments.

19th April 2017 - The Washington Times

The end of Turkey’s democratic experiment

Clifford D. May

On the grounds of the Turkish Embassy facing Massachusetts Ave. in Washington, D.C. is a statue of Mustafa Kamal Ataturk, father of the Republic of Turkey, the nation-state he built from the rubble of the defeated Ottoman Empire and Islamic caliphate.

8th April 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

American soldier killed fighting Islamic State in Afghanistan

Thomas Joscelyn

An American soldier was killed while fighting the Islamic State’s arm in Afghanistan earlier today, according to US officials.

28th March 2017 - Quoted by Ryan Browne - CNN

US sees a resurgent Russian military expanding into Afghanistan, Libya

Bill Roggio

The Kremlin's ambitions in the Middle East reach far beyond Syria, according to US officials. From Afghanistan to Libya, US Pentagon officials are increasingly concerned by mounting Russian military and diplomatic activity they believed is aimed at undermining the US and NATO.

20th March 2017 - Fox Business

Countdown to the Closing Bell

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford D. May comments on the meeting between Trump and Merkel.

2nd February 2017 - RealClearDefense

Russian Information Operations in the Western Balkans

John Cappello

Moscow’s ability to wage information warfare is becoming alarmingly effective in the Western Balkans. Russian news outlets, fake news portals, and pro-Russian tabloids are increasingly attempting to impact public perceptions through manipulation of local media.

31st January 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Erdogan’s Newfound Partners: Russia and Iran

Aykan Erdemir

Russian officials announced Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would meet with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani, at some point over the following months – the latest sign that trilateral relations are deepening.

23rd January 2017 - Quoted by Nick Wadhams, Margaret Talev - Bloomberg

Emerging ‘Trump Doctrine’ Toward Europe Upends Historic Alliance

Mark Dubowitz

For most of the past seven decades, U.S. relations with Europe revolved around a set of shared beliefs: Russia was the common adversary, Germany’s industrial might would be the core of the Continent’s economy and a unified Europe was in everyone’s interests. Donald Trump is having none...

22nd January 2017 - Defense News

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Aykan Erdemir, Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir and senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discuss Syria, the Moscow declaration, Iran, Turkey and Middle East.

20th January 2017 - Quoted by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan - The Boston Globe

Trump has the nuclear codes. Let’s hope he never uses them

Mark Dubowitz

Donald Trump got the nuclear codes today. Let’s hope he never feels the need to use them. Our fate as Americans – and to a great extent, the world’s – is now in the hands of a new president, and rests on his judgment of our interests, threats, and the risks of action or inaction....

17th January 2017 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Europe is freaking out

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

President-elect Donald Trump’s recent outburst against NATO, criticism of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and praise (again) for Russian President Vladimir Putin has thrown European politicians and national security officials into a semi-panicked state.

4th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Russia’s new favorite jihadis: The Taliban

Thomas Joscelyn

More than 15 years into America’s war in Afghanistan, the Russian government is openly advocating on behalf of the Taliban.

22nd November 2016 - Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

NATO May Be About To Lose A Big Ally To Russia and China

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan indicated he is thinking about joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), in lieu of European Union membership.

22nd November 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

NATO’s second-largest military power is threatening a dramatic pivot to Russia and China

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey is looking into joining a Chinese- and Russian-led alliance known as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on Sunday at the end of his official tour of Pakistan and Uzbekistan.

9th November 2016 - Quoted by Robin Simcox - War on the Rocks

The Perils of Forgetting about al-Qaeda

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Thomas Joscelyn

Sir Michael Fallon’s remarks last month on terrorism were both highly predictable and highly unusual. Predictable, because the U.K. secretary of state for defence was talking about the terror threat facing Europe, something which Europeans are by now used to.

4th November 2016 - Quoted by Oren Dorell, Jane Onyanga-Omara and Kim Hjelmagaard - USA Today

Lawmakers arrested in Turkey; car bomb kills 9

Aykan Erdemir

A huge car bomb killed at least nine people in the largest city in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast region Friday, shortly after authorities detained a dozen Kurdish lawmakers in relation to a terrorism investigation.

29th October 2016 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Study: US Needs A Contingency Plan To Move Bases Out Of Turkey

John Cappello, Eric S. Edelman

Despite Turkey’s strategic role in U.S. defense policy, the military needs to have a contingency plan to move its bases out of the country, according to a recent study by a Washington, D.C. think tank.

5th October 2016 - The National Interest

Erdogan Must Avoid the Iran Trap

Merve Tahiroglu, Behnam Ben Taleblu

“The world is bigger than five.” This phrase, referring to the permanent members of the UN Security Council, is among Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan's favorite platitudes. But when he uttered them again at the General Assembly this September, his diatribe struck a different...

9th September 2016 - Quoted by Maggie Ybarra - McClatchy DC

Should U.S. pull personnel out of Turkey after coup attempt there?

Jonathan Schanzer

A powerful California lawmaker wants Congress to consider moving U.S. personnel and military equipment out of Turkey into other Middle Eastern countries in the wake of an attempted coup in Turkey in July.


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