Analysis & Commentary


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?

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 - Militaryedge.org

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...

18th November 2015 - CBC Radio

The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti

Benjamin Weinthal

FDD research fellow Benjamin Weinthal comments on the use of NATO's Article 5 in response to the Paris attacks.

16th November 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Will France Invoke NATO’s Article 5 to Declare War on Islamic State?

Benjamin Weinthal

To confront comprehensively the Islamic State terrorist attacks on French soil, there have been calls for France’s President François Hollande to invoke Article 5 of the NATO Treaty, which ensures mutual defense for its members, but neither Hollande nor the military alliance has activated...

28th October 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Recep Tayyip Erdogan Determined to Retain Power Regardless of Turkey Election Results

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s second general election in five months is unlikely to resolve the nation’s deep political crisis, as observers say President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is doubling down on the heavy-handed tactics that have kept him in power for the past 12 years even if his ruling party fails again...

6th October 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Russian Forays Into Turkish Airspace Challenge Ankara’s Syria Policy… And NATO

Patrick Megahan, Merve Tahiroglu

Russian warplanes entered Turkish airspace from Syria twice over the weekend, sending Turkish F-16s scrambling.

5th October 2015 - FOX Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah on a Russian fighter jet’s violation of Turkish airspace, Russian airstrikes in Syria, and the bombing of a hospital in Afghanistan.

11th August 2015 - The National Interest

The Perils of Joining Turkey in the Fight against ISIS

Jonathan Schanzer, Patrick Megahan

Turkey’s cabinet last week announced that the United States and coalition members targeting the Islamic State (ISIS) would be permitted to fly combat missions from Incirlik air base in south Turkey. This U.S.-Turkish facility is well positioned near the Syrian front, and offers the...

22nd June 2015 - Quoted by Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times

U.S. to Provide Troops, Weapons to NATO for Russian Threats

Boris Zilberman

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Monday committed U.S. troops and military hardware to NATO’s very high readiness task force, a move designed to both reassure allies and deter Russia from further aggression or land grabs.

14th November 2014 - Cited by Deniz Arslan - Today's Zaman

NATO Says Turkey Remains Valuable Ally Amid Debates on its Relevance

Jonathan Schanzer

Amid the intense discussions in international political circles about whether Turkey is still relevant as a NATO partner, given its “reluctance” to effectively contribute to the US-led coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its bumpy democracy with imposed...

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