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5th May 2016 - Quoted by Kevin Jensen - CCT News

Turkey’s Prime Minister Says He Will Not Seek Another Term Of The Party’s Leadership

Aykan Erdemir

At a meeting of the central committee of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu revealed his unwillingness to seek a new mandate as the ruling party’s chief. Davutoglu’s decision gives more chances to the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan...

5th May 2016 - Quoted by Tru News

Erdogan blasts EU, claims Turkey will not change terror laws

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told the European Union on Friday that Turkey will not change its terrorism laws.

5th May 2016 - Quoted by John Hudson - Foreign Policy

America Loses Its Man in Ankara

Aykan Erdemir

Thursday’s surprise resignation of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu risks upending the currently fraught but still functioning relationship between Washington and Ankara — two wary allies that nonetheless need each other in their shared fight against the Islamic State.

5th May 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Prime Minister Falls Victim to Palace Coup

Aykan Erdemir

After a week of open strife within the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan invited Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to his 1,150-room palace yesterday.

5th May 2016 - Quoted by Selcan Hacaoglu, Onur Ant - Bloomberg

Turkey Leadership Crisis: An Investors’ Guide to What’s at Stake

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambition to wield more power from his largely ceremonial office led his hand-picked Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to step down on Thursday, triggering swings in financial markets and threatening a period of renewed political turmoil.

5th May 2016 - Quoted by Erin Cunningham - The Washington Post

Turkey’s prime minister resigns amid high-level rifts and deepening crises

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s prime minister stepped down Thursday, possibly paving the way for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to consolidate power amid complaints from opponents over his increasingly hard-line policies.

4th May 2016 - Quoted by Dion Nissenbaum, Emre Peker and Laurence Norman - The Wall Street Journal

Turkish Power Struggle Threatens Ties to West

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was poised to consolidate power after Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu signaled that he will step down amid a power struggle that complicates Ankara’s efforts to forge deeper ties with Europe and the U.S.

3rd May 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey Moves to Strip Kurdish Deputies’ Immunity

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey set the stage for stripping Kurdish parliamentarians of their immunity Monday, when a parliamentary committee approved the motion after a contentious debate.

1st May 2016 - Quoted by Raymond Ibrahim - Gatestone Institute

“It Is My Dream to Behead Someone”—American Muslim

Aykan Erdemir

As opposed to their Western counterparts, Christian leaders who live in the Middle East continued expressing their frustration at the West's indifference and worse.

1st May 2016 - Quoted by Claire Sadar - Muftah

Trying to Make Sense of a Suicide Bombing in Bursa, Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

Bursa is hardly the kind of place that tops the list of targets for terrorist groups. But, on Wednesday, April 27, Bursa officially became the latest victim of international terrorism, when a suicide bomber blew herself up outside the city’s 14th century Ulu Camii (Grand Mosque).

19th April 2016 - Interviewed by The Cipher Brief

Turkey: An Unreliable Ally?

Aykan Erdemir

As Turkey continues to face a deteriorating security environment, The Cipher Brief sat down with Aykan Erdemir, a former member of the Turkish parliament and a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, to discuss Turkey’s political direction. According to Erdemir, Turkish...

19th April 2016 - Quoted by Matt Piotrowski - The Fuse

Oil Sits At Center Of Next President’s Foreign Policy Challenges

Clifford D. May, Mark Dubowitz, Aykan Erdemir

With international events happening at a quick pace and relationships with allies and enemies in flux, the next president will have a long list of foreign policy challenges, with major oil-producing countries as top concerns. Speakers at this week’s Foundation for Defense of Democracies...

15th April 2016 - Quoted by Isobel Finkel - Bloomberg

Erdogan Sees Evil in `Lord of the Rings’ Where Others See Good

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s lawyers are about to come face to face with “The Lord of the Rings.” Six months ago, family doctor Bilgin Ciftci lost his job for posting photographs online that appeared to liken Erdogan to Gollum, one of the most infamous creatures from...

14th April 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘Relax, they are our friends’: One quote shows why Turkey’s ISIS problem is only going to get worse

Jonathan Schanzer

In a recent interview with The Guardian, a former ISIS fighter described how easy it was for him to cross Turkey's notoriously porous border into Syria to join the Islamic State.

12th April 2016 - Quoted by Burak Bekdil - Gatestone Insitute

Turkey’s Circus in Washington

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's increasing Third-Worldish authoritarianism is taking new turns: it is now visible outside Turkey.

12th April 2016 - Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

Turkey Must Tackle Its Anti-Semitism Problem If It Wishes to Reconcile with Israel

Aykan Erdemir

Ankara has been making efforts at repairing its relationship with Jerusalem, and simultaneously at displaying a more benevolent attitude toward Turkish Jewry.

8th April 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Ankara’s Path to Moscow May Run through Jerusalem

David Daoud, Merve Tahiroglu

As Turkey and Israel negotiate a long-awaited rapprochement, senior Israeli security sources have reportedly complained that Ankara is seeking reconciliation primarily to gain “leverage” over Russia.

8th April 2016 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Turkey’s Erdogan uses military coup buzz to expand powers, curb dissent

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey's military leaders, in the face of rising speculation at home and abroad, took the extraordinary step last week of denying plans for a coup. But with domestic turmoil, a rising terrorist threat, chaos in the region and a history of military interventions in Ankara, the denials haven't...

7th April 2016 - The Times of Israel

Real Rapprochement with Israel Requires Turkey to Tackle Anti-Semitism

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish and Israeli negotiators are having talks at an undisclosed location in pursuit of a reconciliation agreement to resume normalized relations.

5th April 2016 - Quoted by Efe Kerem Sozeri - The Daily Dot

How the Internet’s highest-profile prosecutor sits at the center of Turkish corruption

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who became famous online as the prosecutor who convicted Ross Ulbricht as the kingpin behind infamous Dark Net market Silk Road, earned a quarter million Turkish followers on Twitter last week after he publicly announced the arrest of Reza Zarrab, the central...

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