Analysis & Commentary


20th December 2016 - Quoted Menekse Tokyay - Arab News

Assassination in Ankara: Cop guns down Russian ambassador

Aykan Erdemir

Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov was assassinated Monday night during the opening ceremony of a photo exhibition in Ankara when he took to the podium to make a speech.

20th December 2016 - Fox News

Happening Now

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir comments on the assassination of Karlov and its effect on Russia-Turkey relations.

19th December 2016 - FDD's Policy Brief

Envoy’s Murder Exposes Turkey-Russia Fault Lines

Merve Tahiroglu

Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Ankara, was assassinated in the heart of the Turkish capital on Monday night. The assailant, an off-duty Turkish police officer, shouted, “Don’t forget Aleppo”– denouncing Moscow’s role in the ongoing massacre of civilians in the besieged...

19th December 2016 - Quoted by Benjamin Harvey, Selcan Hacaoglu - Bloomberg

Russian Ambassador Killed in Turkey by Gunman Invoking Syria

Aykan Erdemir

Russia’s ambassador was shot dead in the Turkish capital on Monday in an assassination apparently linked to Syria’s civil war, heightening tensions over a conflict that’s drawn in almost all the region’s main powers.

19th December 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Russia’s ambassador to Turkey assassinated in Ankara

Aykan Erdemir

Russia's ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was assassinated Monday, shot in the back by a lone attacker while attending a private event at an Ankara art museum.

19th December 2016 - Quoted by Ishaan Tharoor - The Washington Post

The assassination of Russia’s ambassador in Turkey creates a crisis for Erdogan

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish and Russian officials labeled the assassination of Andrey Karlov, Moscow's envoy to Turkey, at an art exhibition in Ankara a “terrorist” attack. Karlov was shot in the back by a gunman who, according to reports, proceeded to shout jihadist slogans.

19th December 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

The assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey will likely bring the countries ‘closer together’

Boris Zilberman

The assassination on Monday of Russia's ambassador to Turkey at an art gallery in Ankara is unlikely to fracture relations between the two countries as they work to improve their tumultuous relationship, analysts said.

16th December 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s Dubious Case against a U.S. Pastor

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish courts last week charged U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson with “membership in an armed terrorist organization,” transferring him to a high-security prison after two months in solitary confinement in a detention center.

13th December 2016 - Quoted by Pinar Tremblay - Al-Monitor

Iranian-Turkish tug-of-war over Kurds

Aykan Erdemir

A few weeks before the devastating Dec. 10 twin bombings in Istanbul — for which Kurdish militants claimed responsibility — Al-Monitor spoke with several sources well-connected with Ankara about how Turkey might address Iran's intensified logistics support to the Kurdistan Workers Party...

11th December 2016 - Politico

Trump Wants to Shake Up the World Order? Here’s Where He Should Start

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Jonathan Schanzer

The specifics have often fluctuated, but the core of Donald Trump’s foreign policy vision has remained steady. He believes, as the Brookings Institution’s Thomas Wright has noted, “that America gets a raw deal from the liberal international order it helped to create and has led since...

8th December 2016 - Quoted by Tim Mak - The Daily Beast

Donald Trump’s Huge Conflict of Interest in Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

Two buildings in Turkey may have more potential to upend American national security than any of president-elect Donald Trump’s other foreign business dealings.

6th December 2016 - Quoted by World Tribune

Report: Turkey post-coup crackdown targets U.S. Christians

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is now targeting American Christians in retaliation for the U.S.’s refusal to extradite cleric Fethullah Gulen for his alleged role in the July coup attempt, a report said.

6th December 2016 - Quoted by Julie Brown Patton - The Gospel Herald

US Protestants, Pastors Also Targeted by Turkey Post-Coup Crackdown

Aykan Erdemir

Two American pastors -- Ryan Keating and Andrew Brunson -- recently were detained in Turkey and deemed "threats to national security" there. "Protestant or Christian churches are seen as an American influence, and now that Turkey is anti-American, they are being targeted even more," said...

5th December 2016 - BBC

The Inquiry

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir comments on Turkey's relationship with the EU.

5th December 2016 - Quoted by Harry Farley - Christian Today

Turkey Crackdown Turns On US Christians, Analysts Warn

Aykan Erdemir

Erdogan has unleashed a backlash against perceived opponents in response to the coup, using it as a basis to arrest tens of thousands of Turkish citizens and fire many more from public sector jobs.

5th December 2016 - Quoted by Uzay Bulut - The Armenian Weekly

Turkey: Racist Attacks Against Armenians Go Unpunished

Aykan Erdemir

Racist attacks against the bilingual Armenian weekly newspaper, Agos, as well as against Armenian schools, are increasingly widespread in Turkey.

5th December 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

New Islamic State spokesman seeks to rally Sunnis against Iran, West

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Furqan Media Foundation has released an audio message from the group’s new spokesman, Abu al Hassan al Muhajir. Abu Muhammad al Adnani served as the organization’s top propagandist for years until he was killed in an American airstrike in August. The Islamic State...

4th December 2016 - Quoted by Dominique Bonessi - Religion News Service

Turkey post-coup crackdown also targets US Protestants

Aykan Erdemir

After a weeklong business trip abroad, American pastor Ryan Keating was detained at the airport overnight, interrogated and then put on a plane back to London.

1st December 2016 - FDD's Long War Journal

Turkey is on a collision course with the Syrian regime and its backers

Merve Tahiroglu, Patrick Megahan

Last Thursday an attack struck Turkish positions near the Islamic State-held city of al-Bab in northern Syria, killing three soldiers and wounding 10. Centered between Turkish and rebel forces in the north, the Kurds in the east and west, and the Syrian regime forces in the south, al-Bab is...

1st December 2016 - War on the Rocks

Ankara’s Turkmen House of Cards

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

The Mosul operation has made the predominantly Turkmen city of Tal Afar the latest focus of Turkey and Iran’s sectarian struggle for influence in post-Islamic State Iraq. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned against allowing Iran-backed Shiite militias to liberate the city....

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