Analysis & Commentary

24th March 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses Turkey in 2016.

23rd March 2016 - Quoted by Patrick Goodenough -

Iran-Related Arrest in Florida Could Have Political Implications for Turkey’s Islamist Ruling Party

The arrest in Florida of a prominent Iranian-Turkish businessman accused of conspiring to conduct hundreds of millions of dollars in financial transactions to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions may have major political implications in Turkey, where the same man was linked to a corruption scandal...

23rd March 2016 - Quoted by International Business Times

Reza Zarrab: Turkey reels from gold bullion scandal as spotlight lands on Erdogan allies

Jonathan Schanzer

The love of gold, stashed under floorboards for emergencies, may be deeply ingrained in Turkish culture. But Reza Zarrab, a 33-year-old Turkish-Iranian millionaire, is learning fast that the US authorities are not as willing as his allies in Turkey to turn a blind eye to millions of dollars...

22nd March 2016 - Sirius XM

The Arlene Bynon Show

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses the EU-Turkey migration deal which comes into effect Sunday at midnight.

21st March 2016 - Quoted by Gonul Tol - Middle East Institute

Turkish Experts Comment on E.U.-Turkey Deal

Aykan Erdemir

The European Union and Turkey agreed March 17 on a plan to address the Syrian refugee crisis. Under the deal any migrants arriving in Europe, starting next week, will be sent back to Turkey. Ankara, in exchange, will receive expedited aid intended to help Syrians in Turkey, as well as the...

21st March 2016 - Quoted by Adam Withnall - The Independent

Turkish official ‘tweets she hopes Israeli tourists are dead’ in Istanbul terror attack

Aykan Erdemir

A Turkish official has reportedly been sacked over a tweet in which she appears to have wished almost a dozen Israeli tourists wounded in a bomb attack in Istanbul “were dead”.

21st March 2016 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Turkey becoming ‘semi-failed state,’ former lawmaker tells ‘Post’

Aykan Erdemir

A former member of the Turkish parliament and Israeli experts expressed skepticism to The Jerusalem Post on Sunday over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ability to deal with the violence engulfing the country.

19th March 2016 - Quoted by Henry Austin - International Business Times

Istanbul suicide bombing: Turkish official accused of wishing Israelis dead in blast

Aykan Erdemir

A Turkish official has been accused of tweeting that she "wished the Israelis" who were said to be wounded in an Istanbul suicide bomb blast were dead. Irem Aktas reportedly acts as the women's media and publicity chairman for President Recep Tayip Erdoğan's AKP party.

19th March 2016 - Quoted by Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Turkish ruling party official fired for tweet wishing Israeli deaths in Istanbul

Aykan Erdemir

The personal Twitter account of a spokesperson of a women’s association affiliated with Turkey’s ruling party featured a message wishing death to Israelis injured in a terrorist attack in Istanbul.

19th March 2016 - Quoted by Kathryn Schroeder - Opposing Views

Turkish Official Sends Hate Tweet After Istanbul Attack

Aykan Erdemir

Following the March 19 suicide bombing in Istanbul, Turkey, a member of the ruling Turkish AK Party tweeted that she wished the Israelis wounded in the attack were dead.

17th March 2016 - Quoted by Kyle Orton - The New Arab

What Kurdish federalism means for Syria

Tony Badran

The PKK has very deep and old connections with Russia and the Assad regime.

17th March 2016 - Quoted by Yvo Fitzherbert - The Spectator

What the people-smugglers of Istanbul make of the EU’s deal with Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

Shops in a rundown neighbourhood sell fake life jackets to refugees planning to brave the Aegean Sea.

16th March 2016 - Quoted by Fulya Özerkan, Damon Wake - Agence France Presse

Turkey stability fears as Kurdish conflict threatens to escalate

Aykan Erdemir

Sunday's suicide car bombing in Ankara has raised fears of an escalation in Turkey's long-running Kurdish conflict, as the country grapples with the Islamic State threat while relying on a security system weakened by a political crackdown, analysts say.

14th March 2016 - Sirius XM

The Arlene Bynon Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on the weekend bombing in Ankara.

14th March 2016 - CCTV America


Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the recent Ankara bombing.

12th March 2016 - Quoted by Farhad Mirza - Middle East Eye

Turkish newspaper with policemen ‘playing editor’

Aykan Erdemir

Mustafa Edib has been working as a journalist for years and prides himself on fighting for the rights of the marginalised.

10th March 2016 - The Washington Post

Erdoğan ya Politikalarını Değiştirmeli ya da İstifa Etmeli

Eric S. Edelman

Türkiye, Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’ın liderliğinde gittikçe otoriter ve istikrarsız bir ülkeye dönüştü.

10th March 2016 - The Washington Post

Turkey’s Erdogan must reform or resign

Eric S. Edelman

Under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey has steadily descended into authoritarianism and instability.

7th March 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

With Iran Visit, Turkish PM Hopes to Preserve Tenuous Status Quo

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkish premier Ahmet Davutoglu paid his first official visit to Iran as prime minister this weekend. Following his meeting with Iran's First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri, news reports indicated that the two leaders agreed to increase trade from $10 billion to $30 billion.

7th March 2016 - BBC 2

The Jeremy Vine Show

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir comments on the EU-Turkey summit and the role that Turkey can play in the Syrian refugee crisis.


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