Analysis & Commentary

30th October 2015 - Quoted by Nick Ashdown - The Media Line

Sunday’s Election Last Chance for Erdogan’s “Executive Presidency”

Aykan Erdemir

Turks will cast their votes on Sunday in a snap election after their government failed to form a coalition for the first time in Turkish history following the June 7 election.

28th October 2015 - Politico Europe

Erdoğan’s Boomerang

Aykan Erdemir

With Turkey approaching its second election in five months, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan once again emerged from his gargantuan palace to campaign for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

28th October 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Recep Tayyip Erdogan Determined to Retain Power Regardless of Turkey Election Results

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s second general election in five months is unlikely to resolve the nation’s deep political crisis, as observers say President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is doubling down on the heavy-handed tactics that have kept him in power for the past 12 years even if his ruling party fails again...

19th October 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

ISIS Training Ring for Children Discovered in Turkey’s Capital

Aykan Erdemir

An ISIS training camp for children has reportedly been discovered in Istanbul, according to the English-language Turkish newspaper the Hurriyet Daily News.

15th October 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Turkey’s Worst Terror Attack Ever ‘Was a Disaster Waiting to Happen’

Aykan Erdemir, Jonathan Schanzer

Two suicide bombers who killed over 100 people at a peace rally in Ankara last weekend — the worst terror attack ever on Turkish soil — were on the radar of security officials' radar long before they carried out their attack.

15th October 2015 - Politico Europe

After Ankara, Cover-Ups and Conspiracies

Aykan Erdemir

Twin bombs rocked the Turkish capital Ankara on October 10, killing close to 100 civilians and injuring over 250 attending a peace rally.

14th October 2015 - The Washington Times

Why Turkey is Now a Target and a Tinderbox

Clifford D. May

“We will manage the wave of change in the Middle East. Just as we have an ideal in our minds about Turkey, we have an ideal of a new Middle East.”

13th October 2015 - Quoted by Eli Lake & Josh Rogin - Bloomberg

Turkey Angers the Jihadists It Once Tolerated

Aykan Erdemir

With Turkish authorities now singling out the Islamic State as the chief suspect in this weekend's terrorist attack in Ankara, many media outlets have turned their anger toward the government. Did Ankara invite this attack with a lax policy toward jihadists in Syria?

11th October 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertran - Business Insider

The Bombing of a Pro-Kurdish Rally in Ankara Highlights the ‘Dangerous Cocktail’ Brewing in Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer

A twin bombing at a pro-Kurdish peace rally in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Saturday killed at least 86 people and wounded 186 others, Turkey's health minister has confirmed.The bombing took place outside Ankara's main train station shortly after 10 a.m. as hundreds of people gathered to...

10th October 2015 - Quoted by Quentin Reverdy - Le Point

Attentat d’Ankara : Des Manifestants Accusent Le Gouvernement

Aykan Erdemir

Très vite, des sources gouvernementales ont laissé entendre qu'il s'agissait bien là d'attaques terroristes. Aucun doute pour le député CHP (sociaux-démocrates) Musa ςam, présent sur place. L'homme politique poste sur son compte Twitter la photo de l'une des billes d'acier...

10th October 2015 - CTV

CTV News

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the bombing in Ankara.

7th October 2015 - Quoted by Orhan Coskun and Jonny Hogg - Reuters

Furious but Powerless, Turkey Left Smarting by Russian Action in Syria

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey may be furious about Russian incursions into its air space but beyond words of protest there is little it can do, with its dependence on Russian energy and trade keeping its hands tied, and its own Syria policy in disarray.

7th October 2015 - BBC


Aykan Erdemir

FDD Non-Resident Fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses the relationship between Turkey and Russia.

6th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Adds Islamic State, Caucasus Emirates Operatives to Terrorism List

Bill Roggio

The Treasury Department has added three Islamic State operatives, as well as “an overseas emissary” for the Islamic Caucasus Emirate, to the US government’s list of specially designated global terrorists.

6th October 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Russian Forays Into Turkish Airspace Challenge Ankara’s Syria Policy… And NATO

Patrick Megahan, Merve Tahiroglu

Russian warplanes entered Turkish airspace from Syria twice over the weekend, sending Turkish F-16s scrambling.

5th October 2015 - FOX Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah on a Russian fighter jet’s violation of Turkish airspace, Russian airstrikes in Syria, and the bombing of a hospital in Afghanistan.

2nd October 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘Shut Out’: Turkey Finds Itself ‘In a Very Difficult Position’ With the Russian Moves in Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

The Russian incursion into Syria is hampering one of the region's most important players. Turkey, which has long sought Syrian president Bashar Assad's transition out of power, has been supporting some of the most powerful rebel groups in northern Syria since the civil war erupted in 2011....

1st October 2015 - Quoted by Chloe Valdary - The Wall Street Journal

Saving Christians From ISIS Persecution

Benjamin Weinthal

In 1975, as desperate Vietnamese sought to escape Communist rule, the U.S. embarked on what remains one of the greatest humanitarian rescue missions in history. Over the span of several weeks, Operation Frequent Wind, Operation Babylift and other missions by air or on sea saved and resettled...

30th September 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Russia’s Buildup in Syria May Thwart Idea of Safe Haven

Jonathan Schanzer

For weeks Ankara and Washington have been discussing establishing a safe haven in northern Syria to shield civilians and rebels alike from relentless Syrian government airstrikes.

21st September 2015 - Foreign Policy

Erdogan’s Deadly Ambitions

John Hannah

We break from our regularly scheduled programming to bring you this disturbing news: Turkey, a vital NATO ally, is teetering on the brink of civil war.


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