Analysis & Commentary

25th June 2014 - Quoted by Mehul Srivastava & Isobel Finkel - Bloomberg

Bling For Minister Mastermind Greased Secret Turkey Gold Trade

Jonathan Schanzer

As the minister in charge of Turkey’s $800 billion economy in 2013, Zafer Caglayan was facing a series of numbers that didn’t bode well for coming elections.

21st June 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS and the Threat to Turkey

Merve Tahiroglu

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) seized the Turkish consulate in Mosul, Iraq last week, abducting 49 people, including several diplomats, guards, and...

21st June 2014 - Quoted by Deniz Arslan - Today's Zaman

ISIL Crisis Reshapes Middle East, Puts Ankara In Hot Seat

Jonathan Schanzer

The recent rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has upset the balance in the Middle East and strengthened the positions of Iran and the region's Kurds, which have the local military capacity to challenge the al-Qaeda-affiliated ISIL, while regional power Turkey now has to...

14th June 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s ISIS Crisis

Merve Tahiroglu

ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham -- “Sham” is Arabic for the Levant) took over the key Iraqi city of Mosul on June 11. Northern Iraqi Kurdish fighters, known as the...

10th June 2014 - Quoted by Omri Ceren - The Tower

Deepening Entente With Iran “Raises Questions About Turkey’s Reliability As A U.S. Ally”

Merve Tahiroglu, Behnam Ben Taleblu

An official visit to Turkey by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani triggered a flurry of diplomatic statements and economic agreements celebrated by both sides on Monday, announcements that were read by observers as straightforward...

9th June 2014 - Quoted by Selcan Hacaoglu - Bloomberg

Iranian President Visits Turkey First Time in 18 Years

Jonathan Schanzer

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Turkey today for the first state visit by an Iranian president in 18 years...

9th June 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Rouhani In Ankara: The Latest Sign Of Warming Iran-Turkey Ties

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Merve Tahiroglu

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Ankara today with a large delegation for his first state-level trip to Turkey.

7th June 2014 - Quoted by Jpost

Iranian President Visiting Turkey, Will Sign Agreements Strengthening Ties

Jonathan Schanzer

Ankara, Tehran look to increase economic cooperation with first Iranian presidential visit to Turkey in 18 years.

4th June 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s Double Standards On Protests

Merve Tahiroglu

Anti-government demonstrators gathered at Istanbul’s Taksim Square on Saturday, May 31 on the first anniversary of last year’s Gezi Park protests.

2nd June 2014 - Cited by Omri Ceren - The Tower

Analysts: Erdogan Using Conspiracy Theories To Keep Power In Turkey

Merve Tahiroglu, Jonathan Schanzer

The Wall Street Journal on Friday assessed that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues to maintain a firm grip on power...

29th May 2014 - Foreign Policy

If All Else Fails, Blame The Israelis

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

An eleventh-hour Turkish lawfare initiative may prevent Ankara's long-awaited rapprochement with Israel

28th May 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

One Year After Gezi

Merve Tahiroglu

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the massive wave of anti-government unrest in Turkey now known the “Gezi Park protests.”

19th May 2014 - Quoted by Omri Ceren - The Tower

Mining Disaster Becomes Political Fiasco After Erdogan, Advisor Seen Attacking Mourner- Protesters

Merve Tahiroglu

A CNN report filed from Turkey on Friday described behavior by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) as part of “perhaps the strangest crisis management...

16th May 2014 - Quoted by Armin Rosen, Business Insider

Watch Turkey’s Prime Minister Apparently Going Ballistic On Protestors

Merve Tahiroglu

It hasn't been an easy week for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and now he's been accused of engaging in baldly thuggish behavior.

12th May 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s Inquiry into Corruption Charges Will Change Little

Merve Tahiroglu

The Turkish parliament last week debated corruption allegations against four former ministers and approved a resolution to establish an inquiry commission. Upon completing...

15th April 2014 - Quoted by Today's Zaman

Dubai May Be a Hub for Turkey and Iran’s Illicit Transactions

Jonathan Schanzer

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a Washington-based think tank, has claimed in a policy brief issued on Monday that Dubai may have turned into...

15th April 2014 - Quoted by Glen Johnson, Al Jazeera

Syria’s Conflict Raises Turkey Tension

Jonathan Schanzer

Men sit playing cards in a cafe perched beside the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. The craggy peak of Mount Aqraa stretches away in the distance.

14th April 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Dubai: A Hub for Illicit Transactions for Iran and Turkey?

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey was rocked by a report last month, leaked by the Istanbul Prosecutor’s office, detailing the alleged illicit financial activities of Iranian businessman Rezza...

6th April 2014 - Quoted by Deniz Arslan, Today's Zaman

Erdoğan’s Foreign Policy Faces Rough Road Between Landmark Elections

Jonathan Schanzer

In the wake of the Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) success in the March 30 municipal elections and ahead of the upcoming...

3rd April 2014 - Quoted by Eric Stakleback, CBN News

Downward Spiral: Erdogan’s Radical Makeover of Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer

From Harry Truman to Barack Obama, U.S. administrations have long viewed Turkey as a key ally and force for moderation in the Muslim world.


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