Analysis & Commentary


22nd May 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

This Border Post Shows How Turkey’s ISIS Problem Keeps Getting Worse

Jonathan Schanzer

Pipes, ammonium nitrate, and other bomb-making materials are being transported across Turkey's border into Syria by agents of ISIS while Turkish border guards look the other way, Jamie Dettmer of The Daily Beast reports.

19th May 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Attacks Target Turkey’s Leftist Pro-Kurdish Party – Again

Merve Tahiroglu

Explosions hit the local offices of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in two southern Turkish cities on Monday, wounding six. The attack was only the latest act of violence against the left-wing and pro-Kurdish opposition party in the run-up to parliamentary elections on June 7.

14th May 2015 - Quoted by Pinar Tremblay - Al Monitor

No Questions Asked for Turkey’s Suitcases Full of Cash

Jonathan Schanzer

The Turkish Ministry of Customs and Trade issued new regulations April 15 for entering and leaving Turkey with any amount of cash. The new Customs Code had passed without much public attention until early May, when the news broke with the headlines “Hot money days are over, now starts the...

29th April 2015 - The Washington Times

The Lessons of Armenia Should Not Be Lost

Clifford D. May

Displayed outside the Turkish embassy in Washington last week was a large banner reading: “Armenian Genocide is an Imperialist Lie.” That claim might be amusing were the subject not so dreadful. The slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Armenians in 1915 was carried out by the Ottoman...

22nd April 2015 - FDD Press Release

FDD’s Schanzer and Zarate Testify about Terror Finance Threats

Jonathan Schanzer, Juan Zarate

As Congress and the administration explore ways to stem the threat of terrorists destabilizing important regions and attacking U.S interests and those of its allies, Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President for Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), and Juan Zarate,...

21st April 2015 - Quoted by Mary Chastain - Breitbart

‘Endangered Species’: Christianity at the Brink of Extinction in Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer

The Christian population of Turkey is evaporating rapidly. The nation, a NATO member since 1952, has experienced a reduction in its Christian population from 20% 100 years ago to only 0.2% today. The latest blow in the community occurred at the Hagia Sophia during Easter holy week.

9th April 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Pragmatism Trumps Principles on Erdogan’s Iran Visit

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited the Iranian capital on Tuesday amidst rising tension between Ankara and Tehran. The trip – which occurred despite vehement opposition by Iranian hardliners – underscores that the two neighbors’ economic relationship remains too important...

8th April 2015 - The National Interest

Sultan of Turkey: Erdogan’s Shameless Power Play

Merve Tahiroglu

A row erupted within Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on March 21, after the deputy prime minister brazenly condemned President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for stepping outside his boundaries by criticizing the government’s Kurdish peace process.

18th March 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Kerry’s Remarks on Assad Widen Gap Between U.S. and Turkey

Merve Tahiroglu

“Collapse of U.S. policy in Syria as Assad continues massacres,” thundered the headline of the government-aligned Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah on Tuesday, in an apparent response to Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks two days prior contemplating possible negotiations with Syrian...

17th March 2015 - The National Interest

Turkey’s Secret Proxy War in Libya?

Jonathan Schanzer

Libya’s internationally recognized Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni accused Turkey last month of sending weapons to his Islamist rivals who seized the Libyan capital of Tripoli last year.

12th March 2015 - Quoted by Pamela Engel, Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

Turkish foreign minister: The Person Arrested for Helping 3 British Girls Join ISIS is a Spy

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey's foreign minister has made the accusation that a spy working for the coalition fighting the Islamic State helped three young British women travel to Syria to join the terror group, Al Arabiya News reports.

12th March 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Erdoğan Consolidates Presidential Power

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey’s president has significantly less power than the prime minister, according to the country’s constitution.

10th March 2015 - The Huffington Post

Jihadi General Hospital

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

Controversy erupted in Turkey last week, after local government officials in Denizli province in western Turkey confirmed that a Turkish citizen allegedly wounded while fighting for the Islamic State (IS) was being treated in a local hospital.

6th March 2015 - Quoted by Linette Lopez - Business Insider

Turkey’s Wall Street is in ‘Panic Mode’

Jonathan Schanzer

On Thursday Citigroup announced that it would pull up and leave Turkey's second largest bank, selling its almost 10% stake Akbank TAS at an $800 million loss.

3rd March 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Bursa-Bound: Ahmadinejad’s Trip to Turkey

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Merve Tahiroglu

On February 26, an Iran Air flight landed in Istanbul carrying a prominent passenger in seat 19F: former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

3rd March 2015 - Quoted by Menekse Tokyay - SES Türkiye

ISIL Smuggles Syrian Antiquities Through Turkey

Merve Tahiroglu

Along with illegal oil, human organ sales and kidnapping, smuggling the cultural heritage of Syria has become an important source of funding for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

27th February 2015 - Cited by Nadav Shragai - Israel Hayom

Iran: A Global Terrorist Superpower

Grant Rumley, James Woolsey, Ali Alfoneh, Jonathan Schanzer

In recent weeks, we have witnessed a proliferation of statements by senior Iranian officials expressing their intention to destroy Israel • The U.S. knows all this and, no, it is not demanding that Tehran put a stop to its terrorist activities.

24th February 2015 - Quoted by Mike Giglio - BuzzFeed

Turkey’s “Cold War” With ISIS May Be Warming

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey’s surprise military operation in Syria this weekend highlighted its precarious balancing act with the ISIS militants dug in along its border.

19th February 2015 - Cited by Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

Turkey ‘Created a Monster and Doesn’t Know How to Deal With It’

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey's notoriously lax border policies during the Syrian war are starting to catch up with Ankara and its allies who are trying to counter ISIS, Yaroslav Trofimov of The Wall Street Journal reports.

17th February 2015 - Quoted by Pinar Tremblay - Al Monitor

Fear of Shiites on the Rise in Turkey

Not a day passes without a headline in the Turkish media about the revival of Islamophobia in the West. Pundits wonder how Muslims in the West will be affected.

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