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12th May 2017 - ABC News

The World

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Ayakn Erdemir discusses Turkey's response to US decision to arm Syrian Kurdish fighters.

12th May 2017 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Erdogan Mentions New Start With Trump, but Warns Turkey Will Attack Syrian Kurds

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared both confrontational and conciliatory Friday, saying his scheduled talks next week with President Donald Trump could mark a “new beginning” in relations between the two NATO allies, who've been increasingly at cross purposes over Syria....

8th May 2017 - Quoted by Menekse Tokyay - Arab News

Kurd issue deepens US-Turkey fault line in Syria

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s recent airstrikes against Kurdish militias in Iraq and Syria despite US objections have complicated the fault line between the two major allies in the region.

8th May 2017 - Quoted by Barin Kayaoglu - Al-Monitor

High-profile resignation rocks Turkey’s secular opposition CHP

Aykan Erdemir

In the wake of Turkey’s historic April 16 referendum, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) is facing a shakeup. The CHP’s rising star, US-educated economist Selin Sayek Boke, resigned from her positions as deputy chair and party spokesperson May 6.

8th May 2017 - Quoted by Christina Lin - Asia Times

Turkey’s role in Syria raises serious questions about Nato’s future

Aykan Erdemir

At the upcoming May 16-17 meeting between US President Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his Turkish counterpart, and the May 25 Nato summit, serious issues relating to the status of Nato will need to be addressed — namely defense expenditures reform, clarification of the alliance’s...

7th May 2017 - Quoted by Thomas Seibert - The Arab Weekly

A reset in US-Turkish relations proving elusive

Aykan Erdemir

A new start in US-Turkish relations under US Presi­dent Donald Trump is proving elusive as the two countries clash over Syria and as Ankara’s relations with the Muslim Brotherhood and Ha­mas continue to irk Washington.

6th May 2017 - Quoted by Sonam Sheth - Business Insider

Inside the dark conspiracy that made its way from the fringe to the White House

Aykan Erdemir

The modern history of the "deep state" in American politics — real or imagined — starts with real leaks of classified information and ends as a conspiracy theory on popular yet dubious websites.

4th May 2017 - Quoted by Lorraine Cabellero - Christian Daily

Turkish President Erdogan’s new powers could spell ‘state-sponsored’ discrimination against Christia

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been granted new powers in his victory in the recent referendum, a development that an Ankara-based columnist said could spell discrimination and more hate against Christians and non-Muslims in the country.

4th May 2017 - Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - K24

US responds to Turkish threats regarding troops in Syria

Aykan Erdemir

US officials on Wednesday made clear their dissatisfaction with ongoing challenges from Ankara to US support for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria.

1st May 2017 - Quoted by Ezzedine Said - France 24

Erdogan seeks to send Trump stern message on Syrian Kurds

Aykan Erdemir

By launching air strikes against Syrian Kurdish fighters and threatening more action, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seeking to send a tough message to Donald Trump in the hope of bringing about a major U-turn in US Syria policy.

1st May 2017 - Quoted by Stoyan Zaimov - The Christian Post

What Will Turkish President Erdogan’s New Powers Mean for Christians?

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's major referendum victory last, which gave him sweeping new powers, has prompted concerns about what the future will hold for persecuted Christians and other minorities there.

28th April 2017 - Quoted by Erin Rodewald - Philos Project

A Precarious Liberty: Religious Freedom in Erdoğan’s Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

On April 16, Pastor Andrew Brunson did not celebrate Easter with his flock. Instead, he marked more than six months of confinement in a Turkish prison, where he is being held on charges of “membership in an armed terrorist organization.”

28th April 2017 - Quoted by Arwa Ibrahim - Middle East Eye

Young Turks demand ‘radical’ opposition reform after referendum defeat

Aykan Erdemir

A new generation of Young Turks are calling for radical changes in the country's main opposition party after its narrow defeat in a referendum on presidential powers brought confused responses by leaders and exposed cracks within the rank and file.

27th April 2017 - Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - K24

Turkish airstrikes reveal rift with US

Aykan Erdemir

As more details emerge of the airstrikes which Turkey conducted on Kurdish forces Tuesday morning, the extent of Ankara’s rift with the US is becoming clearer.

27th April 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Airstrikes Complicate Campaign against IS

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish jets carried out airstrikes Tuesday and Wednesday against Kurdish forces in northern Syria and northern Iraq.

25th April 2017 - Quoted by Lorraine Caballerio - Christian Daily

Turkey referendum: Erdogan’s new powers feared to intensify Christian persecution

Aykan Erdemir

The persecution of Turkish Christians could intensify after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was granted massive new powers by the people through a referendum on Sunday, a Muslim Turk who used to serve in the Parliament fears.

24th April 2017 - Quoted by Pattricia Hurtado, Greg Farrell, Christian Berthelsen - Bloomberg

Giuliani’s Talk With Erdogan Adds Mystery to U.S. Sanctions Case

Emanuele Ottolenghi

A wealthy Turkish-Iranian gold trader facing U.S. charges that he helped Iran evade U.S. sanctions for sponsoring terrorism has an unlikely ally: Rudy Giuliani.

23rd April 2017 - Quoted by Stephen Quillen - The Arab Weekly

Turkey deeply divided after vote, at time of regional conflicts

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s vote for a strong executive presidency has left the country divided and at odds with Europe at a time when it is em­broiled in the Syrian conflict and seeking to balance good ties with both Russia and the United States.

23rd April 2017 - Forbes

Tyrants And Their Hollow States

Michael Ledeen

Frankly, I’m surprised Erdogan had to settle for a photo-finish win at the wire. Not a great result for a would-be modern sultan who used all the tools of modern mass manipulation and intimidation during the “electoral campaign.”

22nd April 2017 - Quoted by Kristen McTighe - NBC News

Donald Trump Wins Turkish Friends by Cozying to Turkey’s Erdogan

Aykan Erdemir

Accusations of voter fraud, alleged human rights abuses, and concerns about a slide toward authoritarianism — none of this stopped President Donald Trump congratulating Turkey's leader on his controversial referendum victory this week.


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