Analysis & Commentary


27th April 2017 - Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - K24

Turkish airstrikes reveal rift with US

Aykan Erdemir

As more details emerge of the airstrikes which Turkey conducted on Kurdish forces Tuesday morning, the extent of Ankara’s rift with the US is becoming clearer.

27th April 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Airstrikes Complicate Campaign against IS

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish jets carried out airstrikes Tuesday and Wednesday against Kurdish forces in northern Syria and northern Iraq.

25th April 2017 - Quoted by Lorraine Caballerio - Christian Daily

Turkey referendum: Erdogan’s new powers feared to intensify Christian persecution

Aykan Erdemir

The persecution of Turkish Christians could intensify after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was granted massive new powers by the people through a referendum on Sunday, a Muslim Turk who used to serve in the Parliament fears.

24th April 2017 - Quoted by Pattricia Hurtado, Greg Farrell, Christian Berthelsen - Bloomberg

Giuliani’s Talk With Erdogan Adds Mystery to U.S. Sanctions Case

Emanuele Ottolenghi

A wealthy Turkish-Iranian gold trader facing U.S. charges that he helped Iran evade U.S. sanctions for sponsoring terrorism has an unlikely ally: Rudy Giuliani.

23rd April 2017 - Quoted by Stephen Quillen - The Arab Weekly

Turkey deeply divided after vote, at time of regional conflicts

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s vote for a strong executive presidency has left the country divided and at odds with Europe at a time when it is em­broiled in the Syrian conflict and seeking to balance good ties with both Russia and the United States.

23rd April 2017 - Forbes

Tyrants And Their Hollow States

Michael Ledeen

Frankly, I’m surprised Erdogan had to settle for a photo-finish win at the wire. Not a great result for a would-be modern sultan who used all the tools of modern mass manipulation and intimidation during the “electoral campaign.”

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 Jennifer Wishon - CBN News

Devil’s Bargain? Why Turkish Referendum Spells Bad News for Religious Minorities

Aykan Erdemir

This week Turkey voted to trade democracy for what looks like authoritarian rule. If the referendum stands, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will gain power over all branches of government. That's bad news for Christians and other religious minorities in Turkey already facing...

21st April 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Aykan Erdemir

FDD Senior Fellow Dr. Aykan Erdemir discussed Turkey's recent referendum.

21st April 2017 - Quoted by Michael Lipin - Voice of America

US Nearly Silent on Iran’s Presidential Election as Policy Toughens

Behnam Ben Taleblu

In a Thursday report, Iranian state television said the country’s 12-member Guardian Council has vetted and approved six candidates to compete in the May 19 presidential vote, most notably the relatively moderate incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, and prominent conservative Ebrahim Raisi,...

20th April 2017 - Quoted by World Watch Monitor

Turkey vote ‘could lead to hate crimes against non-Muslims’

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s referendum result, which allowed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to expand his powers, could lead to the further erosion of democracy and of the demonising of non-Muslims, a former opposition politician has warned.

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.

18th April 2017 - Kurdistan24 English

K24

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses KRG-Turkey relations after referendum.

18th April 2017 - Quoted by Amerin Zaman - Al-Monitor

Calls for referendum annulment rise in Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

Allegations of fraud in Turkey’s April 16 referendum show no signs of abating despite government denials that any irregularity occurred.

18th April 2017 - Quoted by Nicole Gaouette - CNN

Trump’s Erdogan call reflects terrorism focus, White House says

Jonathan Schanzer

The Trump administration issued one mightily mixed message Monday. President Donald Trump congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a contested referendum that granted him broad new powers and deepened concern about the NATO ally's growing authoritarian ways. Trump's outreach...

18th April 2017 - CNB News

Erdogan’s Enhanced Powers ‘Terrible News’ for Turkish Christians

Aykan Erdemir

By weakening Turkey's democracy, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ensured the continued erosion of conditions for Christians, Jews and other religious minorities in the Muslim majority nation.

18th April 2017 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Europe Fears Turkey’s Erdogan Will Tear Up Migration Deal

Aykan Erdemir

The crowd of diehard supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cheered at a referendum-eve rally in the Umraniye district of Istanbul when Turkey's Islamist leader called on them to drive the West, as well as terrorists, mad by voting "yes" in the next day's plebiscite.

17th April 2017 - AM 970 The Answer

The Joe Piscopo Show

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses the passing of Turkey's referendum.

17th April 2017 - Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Trump calls Erdogan to congratulate him on contested referendum, Turkey says

Aykan Erdemir

President Trump called to congratulate Turkish President ­Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday after a referendum greatly expanding his powers, despite a more circumspect State Department response to Sunday’s vote, which international election observers declared unfair.

17th April 2017 - Quoted by Raziye Akkoc - Agence France-Presse

Erdogan must heal divided Turkey after bitter referendum: analysts

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan must heal a divided country after narrowly winning a contested referendum, but it is unclear whether he is interested in forging the compromises needed for reconciliation, analysts say.

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