Analysis & Commentary

29th August 2016 - Patomac Institute for Policy Studies

Terrorism Challenges

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses Turkey's approach to terrorism.

29th August 2016 - FDD Press Release

U.S., NATO Should Develop Contingency Plans to Move Military Bases Out of Turkey, FDD Report Finds

Amidst a recent spike in anti-American sentiment in Turkey since the failed coup d'etat in July, and owing to myriad foreign policy disagreements between Ankara and Washington in recent years, the United States and its NATO allies need a contingency plan for alternative military basing...

29th August 2016 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Study: US Needs A Contingency Plan To Move Bases Out Of Turkey

Eric S. Edelman, John Cappello

Despite Turkey’s strategic role in U.S. defense policy, the military needs to have a contingency plan to move its bases out of the country, according to a recent study by a Washington, D.C. think tank.

29th August 2016 - Quoted by Dave Clark - Agence France-Presse

Turkish Syrian operation forces US to make hard choice

John Hannah

Turkey's dramatic intervention in Syria could prove a setback for the Islamic State group -- but it forces the United States to make a difficult choice between two unpredictable allies.

27th August 2016 - Quoted by Susan Crabtree - Washington Examiner

Biden’s thankless task in Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

Vice President Biden's bridge-building trip to Turkey didn't win rave reviews in Ankara or at home, but even critical U.S.-based Middle East experts say that extending the olive branch to an angry President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was one of the most critical and difficult U.S. diplomatic...

26th August 2016 - Quoted by Kaitlin Lavinder - The Cipher Brief

Turkish Moves in Syria Show Policy Shift & Politicking

A fresh wave of Turkish tanks rolled into Syria yesterday, in an effort to both fight the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) and to keep Kurdish forces in check. Concerns about the Syrian YPG – a primarily Kurdish military force operating in northern Syria and viewed by Turkey as...

26th August 2016 - Quoted by Abu Turab - Views on News

Turkish Coup Staged by Erdogan?

Aykan Erdemir

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s allegations about exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen’s involvement in the July 15 coup d’etat bid in Turkey is not being taken seriously by many analysts based in various world capitals.

26th August 2016 - Quoted by Dave Clarke - AFP

Kurd advance angers Turkey, Washington’s impossible ally

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

As Turkish troops ostensibly hunting Islamic State (IS) group fighters shelled a US-backed Kurdish militia inside Syria, analysts warned that Ankara's alliance with the West is at stake.

25th August 2016 - Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

Caught between two allies, US makes a clear choice

John Hannah

For much of the Syrian civil war the United States has been walking one particularly fine line. It’s the one between Turkey and the Syrian Kurds. For the US, Turkey is a problematic but crucial NATO ally and a bridge between Europe and the East.

25th August 2016 - Fox Business

Cavuto: Coast to Coast

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah comments on Iran intercepting U.S. ships in the Gulf.

25th August 2016 - FDD Press

Covering the Bases

John Cappello, Patrick Megahan, John Hannah, Jonathan Schanzer

The Republic of Turkey has been a reliable staging point for U.S. forces for more than six decades. Turkish bases have historically provided the U.S. military easy access to multiple theaters without having to build new infrastructure or forge new agreements.

24th August 2016 - Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah discusses Turkey's relations with Russia and the West.

24th August 2016 - Sirius XM

The Arlene Bynon Show

Aykan Erdemir

FDD Senior Fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses Turkey's increased role in Syria.

24th August 2016 - BBC

BBC World News

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses Joe Biden's trip to Turkey.

24th August 2016 - The Long War Journal

Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield is a message to the Kurds

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey launched its largest military operation into Syria today, sending tanks, planes and ground forces into Jarabulus in an effort to clear the Islamic State from its last remaining frontier with Turkey.

23rd August 2016 - Quoted by Ceylan Yeginsu - The New York Times

After Failed Coup, Turkey Settles Into a Rare Period of Unity

Aykan Erdemir

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey is normally a divisive figure, loved by his base of religious conservatives and loathed by the rest of society.

23rd August 2016 - BBC

BBC Newsday

Aykan Erdemir

FDD Senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses Gulen and Turkey's current conflicts in Syria.

23rd August 2016 - BBC

BBC World News

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses Turkey and Kurdish forces in Syria.

23rd August 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

Joe Biden’s Challenge in Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

The stakes for Vice President Joe Biden’s travels this week are high. When he arrives in Ankara on Wednesday, Mr. Biden will be the highest-level U.S. official to visit Turkey since the failed coup attempt in July.

22nd August 2016 - The Globalist

After the Coup: Backlash Against Turkey’s Minorities

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s July 15 abortive coup has produced a show of cross-party support for the country’s elected government. All three major opposition parties explicitly denounced the attempt, and the government returned the favor by thanking them in parliament.


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