Analysis & Commentary

4th August 2015 - Hurriyet Daily News

What the Iran Deal Could Cost Turkey

Merve Tahiroglu

The nuclear deal between six world powers and Iran signed earlier this month presents a predicament for Turkey. On one hand, the Islamic Republic is a neighbor that offers vast economic and energy opportunities. On the other, it is a menace that threatens Turkey’s regional interests.

3rd August 2015 - Quoted by Charles Hoskinson - The Washington Examiner

Turkey’s not-so-hidden motives

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey's entrance into the fight against the Islamic State may seem like a victory for President Obama in the face of criticism that his strategy has lagged behind the militant group's gains, especially in Syria.

3rd August 2015 - Ahram Online - Co-written by Emre Caliskan

Turkey and Qatar: An Asymmetric Partnership That Harms Ankara

Aykan Erdemir

Until a few years ago, many analysts considered Turkey a rising star. With its booming economy, “zero problems with neighbours” policy, and active role in mediating the region’s disputes, they viewed Ankara as a potential model for the Muslim world.

1st August 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

ISIS is Exploiting a Crucial Weakness in Turkey that Lets Them Walk ‘Free’

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey's airstrikes on ISIS targets in northern Syria and Kurdish PKK camps in northern Iraq have coincided with a nationwide crackdown on suspected militants and extremists operating within its own borders.

31st July 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Erdogan Signals Possible Snap Election

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has signaled the possibility of an early parliamentary election. His comments come as talks about forming a coalition government drag on in Ankara.

30th July 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Turkey is ‘Playing a Dangerous Game’ — and What Comes Next Could Make It Worse

Jonathan Schanzer

Last week, Turkey went from being effectively neutral in the conflict brewing on its southern border to opening a war on two fronts against ISIS in northern Syria and the Kurdish PKK in northern Iraq. And what happens next will determine just how messy Ankara’s Syria policy has become....

30th July 2015 - Politico Europe

Turkish Grey Wolves Target ‘Chinese’

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit Wednesday with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing came at an awkward time. So far this month, Turkish ultranationalists have attacked two Chinese restaurants in Istanbul, assaulted Koreans (whom they mistook for Chinese) at an iconic...

29th July 2015 -

Turkey at War: A New, Complicated, Phase in the Fight Against ISIS

Patrick Megahan, Merve Tahiroglu

The Turkish cabinet formally approved opening the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey on Wednesday to the coalition fighting Islamic State (ISIS). The U.S. has been pressuring Turkey to allow operations from Incirlik for months, but the deadly suicide bombing in the Turkish border town of...

29th July 2015 - NOW Lebanon

The ISIS Attack and Turkey’s Islamist Kurds

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

An ISIS-linked suicide bomber attacked the southern Turkish border town of Suruç on Monday, killing 32 and wounding 100. The victims were preparing for a trip to reconstruct the war-torn Syrian town of Kobane, which has held by the Kurdish People’s Democratic Union (PYD) since late...

28th July 2015 -


John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah on how the Turks are refocusing their plan to fight ISIS.

28th July 2015 - The National Interest

Turkey’s False Spring

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s recent June elections have produced a religiously diverse parliament that the country has not seen since the 1950s.

28th July 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Senior Western Official: Links Between Turkey and ISIS Are Now ‘Undeniable’

Jonathan Schanzer

A US-led raid on the compound housing the Islamic State's "chief financial officer" produced evidence that Turkish officials directly dealt with ranking ISIS members, Martin Chulov of the Guardian reported recently.

25th July 2015 - CCTV

CCTV America

Merve Tahiroglu

FDD Research Associate Merve Tahiroglu comments on the Incirlik air base and the conflict in Syria.

8th July 2015 - Quoted by Ari Lieberman - Frontpage Magazine

The Toxic Effect of Obama on the US-Israel Alliance

Aykan Erdemir

First, the good news. Recent polling conducted in February by Gallup suggests that Americans are overwhelmingly supportive of Israel and by wide margins.

1st July 2015 - Quoted by Orhan Coskun and Ercan Gurses - Reuters

Talk of Syria Action May be Erdogan’s Latest Gambit to Pressure the West

Jonathan Schanzer

Alarmed by Syrian Kurds' advances against Islamic State, and irked by Western reluctance to tackle Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, President Tayyip Erdogan has once again raised the prospect of a Turkish military intervention in Syria.

30th June 2015 - Quoted by Barin Kayaoğlu - Al Monitor

Turkish Corruption Suspect Awarded Business Prize

Jonathan Schanzer

Iranian-born Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab received his country’s top exporter award June 21 from the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM), a pro-government business group. Zarrab received the award in the field of jewelry on behalf of his company, Volgam Gida. In the general exporters’...

25th June 2015 - Quoted by The Economist

Coalition Dreaming

Aykan Erdemir

THE inauguration of Turkey’s new parliament on June 23rd was a heady day for this wobbly democracy. Pious Muslim women were able to take the oath with their heads covered for the first time without being harassed by secular dinosaurs.

25th June 2015 - Politico Europe

Europe Needs Greece

Aykan Erdemir

The Greek debt crisis has become so complicated that we now have digests and timelines to guide us through the saga.

23rd June 2015 - Quoted by Erica Wenig - The Daily Caller

Benghazi Terror Suspect Turned ISIS Operative Killed By US Airstrike

Thomas Joscelyn

A Benghazi terror suspect and Islamic State operative was killed by a U.S. airstrike in Mosul June 15, according to the Pentagon.

23rd June 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

An Example of How Easy it is for an ISIS Fighter to Reach Syria Through Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer

An ISIS fighter captured by Syrian Kurds last month described how easy it was for him to cross Turkey’s notoriously porous border into Syria to join the Islamic State, according to a new video obtained by Al-Monitor.


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