Analysis & Commentary


20th November 2014 - Cited by Today's Zaman

Turkey Associated with Terrorism Financing, Weapons Smuggling

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) -- a non-profit, non-partisan policy institute focusing on foreign policy and national security based in the US -- released a report on Wednesday alleging that Turkey has failed to clamp down on terrorism financing, weapons smuggling, illegal...

19th November 2014 - FDD Press

Bordering on Terrorism

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

Southeastern Turkey has now become a jurisdiction for terrorism finance, weapons smuggling, illegal oil sales, and the flow of fighters to Syria. This pipeline serves the interest of several terrorist organizations, including Jabhat al-Nusra (JN) and the Islamic State (IS).

14th November 2014 - Cited by Deniz Arslan - Today's Zaman

NATO Says Turkey Remains Valuable Ally Amid Debates on its Relevance

Jonathan Schanzer

Amid the intense discussions in international political circles about whether Turkey is still relevant as a NATO partner, given its “reluctance” to effectively contribute to the US-led coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its bumpy democracy with imposed...

13th November 2014 - Quoted by Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

4 Turkish terrorists caught in Texas after being smuggled across border

Jonathan Schanzer

Four men flew from Istanbul through Paris to Mexico City in late August, where they were met by a Turkish-speaking man who stashed them in a safe house until their Sept. 3 attempt to cross into the U.S. over the border with Mexico.

11th November 2014 - Cited by Semih Idiz - Al-Monitor

No Chance Turkey Will Be ‘Kicked Out of NATO’

Jonathan Schanzer

The US-led fight against the Islamic State (IS), and in particular the battle for Kobani, the predominantly Kurdish town in northern Syria that is shouting distance from the Turkish border, has turned into a “stress test” for Turkey’s NATO membership, if one is to go by some Western...

4th November 2014 - Standpoint

The West Must Back the Kurds

Emanuele Ottolenghi

As Mesopotamia's boundaries are being redrawn in a bloody turmoil that is changing the regional balance of power, there is one obvious thing that Western nations should do to preserve their interests.

29th October 2014 - Cited by Metin Turcan - Al-Monitor

Is NATO Membership Shackling Turkey?

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey’s foreign policy and role in the international system have become the subject of growing debate both in local and foreign media over the past two years.

28th October 2014 - The Canadian Jewish News

The Troubling Truth About Turkey

Sheryl Saperia

Those who downplay the danger posed by terrorism often fall back on the argument that the terrorist designation is nothing more than a political instrument to attack one’s opponents or dissenters, and is therefore entirely subjective.

27th October 2014 - Quoted by Armin Rosen, Jeremy Bender, Amanda Macias - Business Insider

The Most Powerful Militaries In The Middle East

Patrick Megahan

The balance of power in the Middle East is in disarray: A three-year civil war has torn apart Syria and opened up a vacuum for the rise of the Islamic State group; Sunni powers led by Saudi Arabia continue to face off against Shi'ite powers led by Iran; other countries are reeling from...

23rd October 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Vice President for Research Jonathan Schanzer chats with John Batchelor about Turkey's lack involvement in the fight against the Islamic State.

23rd October 2014 - Business Insider

Obama Is Trying To Impose A Radical New Order On The US’s Middle Eastern Allies

Tony Badran

The Center for New American Security, a Washington think tank close to the Obama administration, has produced a strategy for the war against the Islamic State (ISIS).

22nd October 2014 - Quoted by Jeff Schogol - Military Times

Kidnapping Plot in Turkey Raises New Questions About U.S. Troops’ Safety

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A bold yet ultimately unsuccessful kidnapping plot orchestrated by the Islamic State in Turkey raises new questions about the safety of U.S. troops and other American personnel stationed throughout the country.

17th October 2014 - Cited by Fatih Altayli - Today's Zaman

Would Turkey Be Booted From NATO?

Jonathan Schanzer

One needs to read what is written on Turkey by foreign sources in order to better understand in which direction the country is drifting and how Turkey's position is perceived internationally.

16th October 2014 - Rudaw

Inside America

Merve Tahiroglu

FDD Research Associate Merve Tahiroglu participates in a panel on Turkey-US relations.

15th October 2014

Terrorism Finance in Turkey: A Growing Concern

Jonathan Schanzer

The Financial Action Task Force, or FATF, the international body for setting the global standards to combat terrorist financing, held its plenary session in Paris in mid-February 2014.

14th October 2014 - Cited by Seth Mandel - Commentary Magazine

First Rule of the Anti-ISIS Club Is: You Do Not Talk About the Anti-ISIS Club

Jonathan Schanzer

President Obama’s habit of self-consciously guiding public policy not according to the best plan but according to what will allow him to take veiled shots at George W. Bush has caught up to him–and America–on yet another issue.

14th October 2014 - The Hill

What We Don’t Know, and Why

Michael Ledeen

There's a lot we don't know, but ignorance is no obstacle to strong convictions. Ignorance comes to us easily, in part because lots of things are unknowable, in part because we're lazy and it's so much easier to avoid the hard labor of thinking and in part because some information is very...

13th October 2014 - CTV

CTV News

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on recent fighting in Kobane.

13th October 2014 - CNN

CNN Tonight

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on the advance of the Islamic State to Kobane.

13th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Germany’s Islamic State problem

Benjamin Weinthal

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government faces daunting challenges due to the growth of the Islamic State and other extremist groups. Many of these challenges have arisen from Germany's own problematic counterterrorism policies.

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