Analysis & Commentary


9th June 2017 - Global Journalist

Turkey’s Dying Democracy

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses Turkey's "democracy" and its prospects for the future.

8th June 2017 - Quoted by Micah Meadowcroft - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Support of Syrian Kurds Has Not Hurt U.S.-Turkish Relations

The U.S. arming of the Kurdish YPG fighters who are pushing to take Raqqa, Syria, has not damaged relations between Turkey and the United States, said experts at a Wednesday panel at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

8th June 2017 - Quoted by Micah Meadowcroft - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Support of Syrian Kurds Has Not Hurt U.S.-Turkish Relations

Aykan Erdemir, John Hannah

The U.S. arming of the Kurdish YPG fighters who are pushing to take Raqqa, Syria, has not damaged relations between Turkey and the United States, said experts at a Wednesday panel at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

26th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

CENTCOM: Three senior Islamic State foreign fighters killed

Thomas Joscelyn

US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced today that “three senior foreign fighters” in the Islamic State were killed near the Iraqi-Syrian border in recent weeks. Two of them, Mustafa Gunes and Abu Asim al-Jazaeri, were allegedly involved in planning attacks abroad. And the third,...

25th May 2017 - The Weekly Standard

It’s Time for NATO to Call Turkey’s Bluff

Eric S. Edelman, Merve Tahiroglu

Thursday's NATO Summit provides an opportunity for the alliance to get tough on its putative Turkish ally. Under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's destabilizing policies in Europe and the Middle East have made it appear less an ally and more a Russian Trojan horse.

25th May 2017 - Quoted by Lorraine Caballero - Christian Daily

Turkey accuses jailed American pastor of delivering special sermons to Kurds

Aykan Erdemir

An American pastor jailed in Turkey was reportedly accused of giving special sermons to the Kurds and of having ties to U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, the suspected mastermind of a failed coup attempt in July 2016.

22nd May 2017 - Quoted by Flint Arthur - France 24

Eyewitness call for justice after attack by Erdogan’s bodyguards in USA

Aykan Erdemir

A diplomatic rift has been growing between the US and Turkey since a brawl took place outside of the Turkish ambassador’s home in Washington, DC on May 17 during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to the United States.

21st May 2017 - Quoted by Raziye Akkoc - Agence France-Presse

Erdogan to return as ruling party chief after vote victory

Aykan Erdemir

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to return as chairman of Turkey's ruling party on Sunday in a special congress, swiftly exploiting a key change agreed in the controversial April referendum on expanding his powers.

18th May 2017 - Syndicated

Buck Sexton with America Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Senior Vice President Jonathan Schanzer discusses Erdogan's visit to DC.

18th May 2017 - Quoted by Jardine Malado - The Christian Times

Trump calls for release of jailed American pastor during meeting with Turkish president

Aykan Erdemir

U.S. President Donald Trump has urged Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to release imprisoned American pastor Andrew Brunson during their meeting in Washington on Tuesday.

17th May 2017 - Quoted by Lorraine Cabellero - Christian Daily

Trump committed to secure freedom of American pastor from Turkish jail, says family lawyer

Aykan Erdemir

U.S. President Donald Trump has committed to work for the release of an American pastor who was been wrongfully imprisoned over terror charges in Turkey since October, according to a lawyer who represents his family.

17th May 2017 - Quoted by Jennifer Wishon - CBN News

Trump ‘Goes to Bat’ for Imprisoned Pastor Andrew Brunson

Aykan Erdemir

The case of Pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been imprisoned in Turkey since October, was brought up not once, not twice, but three times during President Donald Trump's meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Tuesday.

17th May 2017 - CGTN

The Heat

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir comments on Erdogan's visit to the White House.

17th May 2017 - Quoted by Jennifer Wishon - CBN News

White House Denies Trump Asked Comey to Shut Down Flynn Investigation

It's another news cycle and another headache for President Donald Trump. This time someone in the FBI leaked a memo to the New York Times that former Director James Comey allegedly wrote after an Oval Office meeting with the president.

17th May 2017 - CBN

CBN News

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses Erdogan's visit with Trump.

16th May 2017 - EWTN

Nightly News

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir comments on Erdogan meeting Trump, and Turkey's reaction to US arming Syrian Kurds.

16th May 2017 - Quoted by Fox News

Trump meets with Erdogan amid friction between US, Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer

The United States is on a collision course with its NATO ally Turkey, pushing ahead with arming Syrian Kurds after deciding the immediate objective of defeating Islamic State militants outweighs the potential damage to a partnership vital to U.S. interests in the volatile Middle East.

15th May 2017 - The Washington Post

A Turkish TV blockbuster reveals Erdogan’s conspiratorial, anti-Semitic worldview

Aykan Erdemir

“The Last Emperor” is Turkey’s newest television blockbuster, consistently rating among Turkey’s top dramas since its February premiere. Every Friday night, 1 in 10 viewers tunes in to relive the last years of Abdulhamid II — an absolutist, pan-Islamist Ottoman sultan who resisted...

15th May 2017 - Quoted by Josh Lederman, Vivian Salama - Associated Press

Erdogan Visits Trump, Amid Much Friction Between US, Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer

The United States is on a collision course with its NATO ally Turkey, pushing ahead with arming Syrian Kurds after deciding the immediate objective of defeating Islamic State militants outweighs the potential damage to a partnership vital to U.S. interests in the volatile Middle East.

15th May 2017 - Quoted by Alastair Jamieson - NBC News

Trump Set to Welcome Turkey’s Leader Erdogan to White House

Aykan Erdemir

It was never going to be the easiest encounter, but President Donald Trump's planned meeting with Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan this week has gotten even more awkward.

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