Analysis & Commentary


23rd February 2017 - Quoted by Kate Shellnutt - Christianity Today

Courts Split on US Christians Caught Up in Turkey’s Crackdown

Aykan Erdemir

As Turkey continues to crack down on dissent in the wake of a failed coup, two longtime American Christian expats are struggling to stay in the Muslim-majority nation they have long served. So far, they have fared quite differently in Turkish courts.

13th February 2017 - Quoted by Amir Tibon - Haaretz

Trump Faces Dilemma in Battle Against ISIS: Turkey or the Kurds

Aykan Erdemir

Last July, in the midst of the presidential election campaign, Donald Trump declared in an interview that he was "a big fan of the Kurds." Speaking about the fight against ISIS on the ground in Syria, Trump said he hoped there was a way to get the Kurdish forces, which have been supported by...

10th February 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Erdogan Builds a Parallel Budget

Aykan Erdemir

Over the weekend, the Turkish government issued state-of-emergency decrees to transfer its holdings in the country’s major publicly-owned companies to a new sovereign wealth fund created last summer. These holdings include some of Turkey’s most valuable public assets, such as the...

8th February 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pentagon: 11 al Qaeda terrorists killed in airstrikes near Idlib, Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department announced today that 11 al Qaeda terrorists were killed in a pair of airstrikes near Idlib, Syria earlier this month. Ten al Qaeda men were reportedly killed on Feb. 3, when the US struck a building they were using as a “meeting place.”

5th February 2017 - Quoted by The Malay Mail Online

Holding up a cloudy mirror

Aykan Erdemir

After the havoc President Donald Trump has wreaked in his two weeks in office, it is hard not to feel schadenfreude for the superpower that has always acted like it knows what is best for the world. Apparently it does not even know what is best for itself.

1st February 2017 - Quoted by Frances Martel - Brietbart

Report: Hate Speech Against Christians in Turkey on the Rise

Aykan Erdemir

A report published this week by the Turkish Association of Protestant Churches warns that persecution and hate speech against Christians of all denominations increased significantly throughout the country in the last year, particularly in the media.

31st January 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Erdogan’s Newfound Partners: Russia and Iran

Aykan Erdemir

Russian officials announced Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would meet with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani, at some point over the following months – the latest sign that trilateral relations are deepening.

30th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State faces multiple adversaries in Al Bab, Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

In mid-November of last year, the government of Turkey began an assault on the Islamic State stronghold of Al Bab, Syria. The effort, which was led by fighters from Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield, eventually stalled. The jihadis have held onto Al Bab, which is located in the northern...

28th January 2017 - Monocle

The Foreign Desk

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses Turkey's political climate, how these problems effect Turkish society and Erdogan's rise to power.

26th January 2017 - The Huffington Post

Erdogan’s Further Consolidation Of Power Would Cement Turkey’s Demise

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

The Turkish Parliament passed constitutional amendments last weekend that could allow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to amass unprecedented power. Amidst terrorist attacks by the so-called Islamic State and Kurdish militants, Erdogan and his far-right allies are presenting the deal as a way...

25th January 2017 - Quoted by Mindy Belz - World Magazine

Caught in a dragnet

Aykan Erdemir

As if the hassles of international travel aren’t enough, Ryan Keating found himself flagged last October embarking on a routine flight from Turkey. For a decade the Yale University graduate and East Coast native has lived there, pursuing doctoral studies and church-based work. An officer...

23rd January 2017 - BBC

Newshour

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses the crises facing Turkey, and the countries importance to stability in the region.

23rd January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pro-Al Qaeda ideologue criticizes joint bombings by Russia and Turkey in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

On Jan. 18, Russia announced that it carried out joint air raids with Turkey against Islamic State positions in and around Al Bab, Syria. Turkey and its allies have been leading the fight on the ground as part of Operation Euphrates Shield, which seized significant territory from the...

23rd January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pro-Al Qaeda ideologue criticizes joint bombings by Russia and Turkey in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

On Jan. 18, Russia announced that it carried out joint air raids with Turkey against Islamic State positions in and around Al Bab, Syria. Turkey and its allies have been leading the fight on the ground as part of Operation Euphrates Shield, which seized significant territory from the...

22nd January 2017 - Defense News

Defense News TV

Aykan Erdemir, Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir and senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discuss Syria, the Moscow declaration, Iran, Turkey and Middle East.

19th January 2017 - Quoted by Christian Solidarity Worldwide

Turkey: Growing Religious Intolerance is Undermining Constitutional Commitments

Aykan Erdemir

American Pastor Andrew Brunson and his wife have been living in Turkey for 23 years running a church in Izmir with the full knowledge of the Turkish authorities.

18th January 2017 - Quoted by Jared Malsin - Time Magazine

The Fighting Over Erdogan’s Constitutional Reforms Has (Literally) Begun

Aykan Erdemir

On Jan. 11, members of Turkey’s parliament gathered in Ankara to debate a package of constitutional amendments that includes a dramatic expansion of presidential power. Perhaps it was only fitting that it quickly devolved into a fistfight.

13th January 2017 - CGTN America

The World Today

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses the Cyprus peace talks and the history of the regional conflict.

7th January 2017 - Quoted by John Burger - Aleteia

American pastor’s arrest in Turkey signals possible trouble for Christians

Aykan Erdemir

The plight of one American Christian evangelist is suggestive of the turmoil that lies ahead for Turkey.

4th January 2017 - Quoted by CBN News

Turkey Refuses to Release Jailed American Pastor

Aykan Erdemir

Efforts to free an American pastor held in a Turkish prison for his Christian faith have failed.

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