Analysis & Commentary

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.

29th August 2016 - FDD Press Release

U.S., NATO Should Develop Contingency Plans to Move Military Bases Out of Turkey, FDD Report Finds

Amidst a recent spike in anti-American sentiment in Turkey since the failed coup d'etat in July, and owing to myriad foreign policy disagreements between Ankara and Washington in recent years, the United States and its NATO allies need a contingency plan for alternative military basing...

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

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

Eric S. Edelman, John Cappello

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.

29th August 2016 - Quoted by Dave Clark - Agence France-Presse

Turkish Syrian operation forces US to make hard choice

John Hannah

Turkey's dramatic intervention in Syria could prove a setback for the Islamic State group -- but it forces the United States to make a difficult choice between two unpredictable allies.

25th August 2016 - FDD Press

Covering the Bases

John Cappello, Patrick Megahan, John Hannah, Jonathan Schanzer

The Republic of Turkey has been a reliable staging point for U.S. forces for more than six decades. Turkish bases have historically provided the U.S. military easy access to multiple theaters without having to build new infrastructure or forge new agreements.

23rd August 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

Joe Biden’s Challenge in Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

The stakes for Vice President Joe Biden’s travels this week are high. When he arrives in Ankara on Wednesday, Mr. Biden will be the highest-level U.S. official to visit Turkey since the failed coup attempt in July.

27th July 2016 - Quoted by Nahal Toosi - Politico

Turkey tries to trap Obama with extradition demand

Jonathan Schanzer

Is President Barack Obama willing to damage America’s relationship with a critical NATO ally over the fate of an elderly Muslim man living in the Poconos?

26th July 2016 - Quoted by Steve LeVine - Quartz

Putin’s meddling in politics abroad stretches far beyond the US Democratic party

Pasi Eronen

If Moscow is behind the theft and release of 20,000 emails from the Democratic Party, as experts suspect, it’s the boldest example yet of a long cash-and-hacking campaign by Russia to influence politics across the West.

21st July 2016 - The New York Post

Syria just got worse than the ‘worst-case scenario’

Tony Badran

While the Republican National Convention was dominating headlines, the Obama administration’s management of the Syria crisis went from bad to worse.

19th July 2016 - The New York Times

The Fight Against ISIS Will Suffer Because of Turkey’s Coup

Jonathan Schanzer

The failed coup in Turkey will set back global efforts to combat the Islamic State.

18th July 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

The US Just Issued a “Remarkable” Warning to Turkey Amid Its Post-Coup Crackdown

Jonathan Schanzer

Tension between the US and Turkey has escalated dramatically in the wake of Ankara's far-reaching crackdown on those suspected to have been involved in Friday's failed military coup. In addition to more than 2,000 members of the Turkish armed forces, Ankara has ordered that at least 50...

7th July 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

FDD research fellow Tony Badran discusses Russia, Syria and NATO.

15th June 2016 - Foreign Policy

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Erdogan?

John Hannah

Houston, we have a problem. A serious problem. Slowly, but inexorably, Turkey is headed off a cliff. The signposts ahead are bleak indeed. Despotism. Terrorism. Civil war. Just over the horizon, scenarios like “failed state” and “forced partition” are coming into view.

9th May 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn comment on the Taliban's martyr bombers and other news from The Long War Journal.

1st April 2016 - Forbes

The Whole World Is In Turmoil Not Just Us

Michael Ledeen

The fierce conflicts we are witnessing in the primaries are not just an American phenomenon, indeed it’s hard to find a country that isn’t fighting internally as we are. Most of the world is intensely divided, and our own domestic debates are part of a global disruption.

2nd March 2016 - Tablet Magazine

What the United States Is Really Doing in Syria

Tony Badran

Whether they support or oppose it, most observers converge on viewing President Barack Obama’s Syria policy as generally marked by passive detachment. After all, the president ignored the recommendations of many of his cabinet members and close advisers to arm Syrian rebels in 2012, or to...

2nd February 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘The Russians are going to have a cow’: The US’ latest message to Putin ‘is a really big deal’

Tony Badran

The US will devote a substantial portion of its defense spending to building up its military presence in Eastern Europe in an effort to deter Russian aggression in the region, Obama administration officials told The New York Times.

4th December 2015 -

Putin’s S-400 Power-Play in Syria

Patrick Megahan

Russia is upping the ante in the Eastern Mediterranean in response to the downing of its fighter jet by Turkish F-16s last week.

24th November 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Putin: Turkey’s Downing of a Russian Warplane ‘a Stab in the Back’ By ‘Accomplices of Terrorists’

Boris Zilberman

Russian President Vladimir Putin harshly rebuked Turkey for its downing of a Russian warplane Tuesday morning. "Today's loss is linked to a stab in the back delivered to us by accomplices of terrorists," Putin said Tuesday from the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi before a meeting with...


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