Analysis & Commentary

18th August 2017 - Quoted by Mitch Prothero - BuzzFeed

Turkey Is Engaging In Hostage Diplomacy With The US, Officials Say

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey has arrested a number of US and German nationals and is using them as bargaining chips to force the return of suspected coup plotters, according to Western officials.

17th August 2017 - War on the Rocks

Turkey’s Drift From The West: From Transactionalism To Hostility

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey’s relations with its Western allies, in a downward spiral since 2013, are at a breaking point. Ankara not only accuses Washington of plotting last year’s abortive coup, but also blames it for arming and supporting Kurdish rebels that it sees as an existential threat. Bitter...

13th August 2017 - Politico Europe

Turkey’s economy: The next casualty of Erdoğan’s state of emergency

Aykan Erdemir

For the past year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has exploited his country’s state of emergency to rule by decree, purging government ranks, imprisoning political dissenters and crushing independent media. But for all the attention paid to Turkey’s slippage in democratic norms,...

10th August 2017 - Quoted by Lela Gilbert - Newsmax

Erdogan’s Turkey Increasingly Dangerous for Christians

Aykan Erdemir

What a stunning, intriguing travel destination Turkey used to be. And once upon a time, it was a uniquely safe and secular state remarkably free of extremism, despite a teeming, overwhelmingly Muslim population that numbers some 79.5 million souls.

9th August 2017 - Citado por HispanTV

‘Erdogan busca obtener arma nuclear con ayuda de Rusia y Japón’

Aykan Erdemir

El presidente turco, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, trata de conseguir una bomba atómica, afirma un periodista turco.

8th August 2017 - Quoted by Rebecca Flood - Express

Turkey is trying to get an ATOMIC BOMB in secret weapons plan, warns expert

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is attempting to get hold of an atomic bomb in a plot to build up the nation's weapons, an expert has claimed.

1st August 2017 - BBC World News

World News Today

Aykan Erdemir

FDD Senior Fellow Aykan Erdemir talks about mass trials in Turkey.

30th July 2017 - Citado por Adrià Rocha Cutiller - El Periodico

Turquía mira hacia Rusia

Aykan Erdemir

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, antes un gran amigo de Occidente, está muy enfadado. Cuando, hace unos años, buscaba aliados en el exterior, el presidente turco giraba la cabeza hacia el Atlántico y la OTAN -organización de la que Turquía forma parte desde 1952- y hacia el norte, hacia la UE....

30th July 2017 - Citado por Iton Gadol

Alarma en Turquía después del ataque a la sinagoga Neve Shalom

Aykan Erdemir

Un grupo de ultra nacionalistas turcos lanzó un ataque contra la sinagoga Neve Shalom, en Estambul, el jueves por la noche. Manifestantes llevaron carteles con fotos de la mezquita Al-Aqsa de Jerusalem, donde las autoridades israelíes impusieron la semana pasada nuevas restricciones de...

26th July 2017 - Quoted by Laura Pitel - The Media Line

Alarm Bells In Turkey After Synagogue Attack

Aykan Erdemir

On a quiet backstreet not far from Istanbul’s famous Galata Tower on Thursday night, a group of Turkish ultra-nationalists launched an attack on the city’s Neve Shalom Synagogue. Protesters held placards bearing photos of Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque, where Israeli authorities last week...

21st July 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Istanbul’s Iconic Synagogue Besieged by Islamist Nationalists

Aykan Erdemir

An ultranationalist-cum-Islamist group attacked Istanbul’s Neve Shalom Synagogue with stones and kicked its gates Thursday night. Attackers carried signs threatening to “besiege temples without warning one night” and vowed to “prevent worship” at the synagogue.

18th July 2017 - Quoted by Daniel Pipes - Gatestone Institute

Another Turkish Ambassador Confronts Me

Eric S. Edelman

In February, Turkey's ambassador to Israel told this author to stay away from his country; at least he did so diplomatically. In June, Turkey's ambassador to Bulgaria treated me in a remarkably rude and undiplomatic manner.

18th July 2017 - Hardnews Foreign Policy

‘For Erdogan, personal interest trumps national interest’: Former Turkish Member of Parliament

Aykan Erdemir

As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan faces widespread protests and accusations of clamping down on dissent by using the last year’s coup as a pretext, Aykan Erdemir, a former member of the Turkish Parliment and senior fellow at Foundation for Defense of Democracies, speaks to Hardnews...

16th July 2017 - Quoted by Patrick Kingsley - The New York Times

Erdogan and Supporters Stage Rally on Anniversary of Failed Coup

Aykan Erdemir

Less than a week after the largest opposition rally in Turkey in years, hundreds of thousands of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s supporters made their own show of strength by gathering on Saturday night to commemorate the anniversary of last year’s failed coup.

15th July 2017 - CGTN

CGTN’s America

Aykan Erdemir

CGTN's Susan Roberts spoke with former Turkish Parliament member and FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir, one year after the failed coup in Turkey.

14th July 2017 - Quoted by Jared Malsin - Time Magazine

Turkey’s ‘Iron Lady’ Meral Aksener Is Getting Ready to Challenge Erdogan

Aykan Erdemir

Meral Aksener doesn’t run from fights. Turkey’s former interior minister is known informally as asena, or she-wolf.

14th July 2017 - Quoted by Mehul Srivastava - The Financial Times

A year after the coup attempt, Turkey wrestles with the truth

Aykan Erdemir

Standing outside Istanbul’s Ataturk airport a year ago, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pointed across the ocean to the man he blamed for an attempted coup that had almost wrenched Turkey out of his grasp.

14th July 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey Defies Coup, But Not One-Man Rule

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Last year, on July 15, the Turkish people defied a group of rogue soldiers who attempted a bloody coup d'état, killing 249 citizens in the process. One year on, Turkey is still in a state of emergency and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is ruling by decree.

14th July 2017 - War on the Rocks


Aykan Erdemir

As a former member of Turkish parliament and a respected academic, Aykan Erdemir has important views on what last year's coup attempt did to Turkey and how President Erdogan used the episode to solidify his authoritarian hold on power. Ryan Evans spoke with him to mark tomorrow's anniversary...

12th July 2017 - Quoted by Sinan Ciddi - Huffington Post

Turkey’s New Awakening?

Aykan Erdemir

Since ascending to the chairmanship of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) in 2010, Kilicdaroglu has maintained an opposition strategy of reacting to Erdogan and his policy outputs, rather than adopting a proactive stance.


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