Analysis & Commentary

19th August 2015 - AM 970

The John Gambling Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Scahnzer discusses the unrest in Turkey and the Iran deal.

17th August 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s Terrorism Policies and the Case of Hamas

Merve Tahiroglu

“A terrorist organization is a terrorist organization,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told a military ceremony Tuesday, defending Turkey’s two-front war against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Islamic State (IS).

17th August 2015 - Politico Europe

Turkey Risks Relapse into ’90s Violence

Aykan Erdemir

A specter is haunting Turkey. Suicide bombers, assassins and an alphabet soup of terrorist organizations seem to have brought back the carnage of the 1990s. The rapid escalation of violence of the last three weeks may be puzzling for Turkey’s younger generations.

13th August 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on Turkey's fight against ISIS and the Kurds.

12th August 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey: Coalition or Snap Elections?

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Two months have passed since Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost its parliamentary majority in elections, but the party is still ruling the country through a caretaker government. As the 45-day limit to form government is set to expire August 23, interim Prime Minister Ahmet...

11th August 2015 - The National Interest

The Perils of Joining Turkey in the Fight against ISIS

Jonathan Schanzer, Patrick Megahan

Turkey’s cabinet last week announced that the United States and coalition members targeting the Islamic State (ISIS) would be permitted to fly combat missions from Incirlik air base in south Turkey. This U.S.-Turkish facility is well positioned near the Syrian front, and offers the...

10th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Proposed Buffer Zone Leads al Qaeda to Withdraw Fighters From Northern Aleppo Province

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released a statement saying its fighters have been ordered to withdraw from their frontline positions north of Aleppo. Al Nusrah’s jihadists had been fighting against the Islamic State in the area.

5th August 2015 - Quoted by Bassem Aly - Ahram Online

Kurd Separatists or Islamic State: Who is Turkey’s Actual Target?

Aykan Erdemir

It looked like good news in the beginning, but the reality on the ground turned out to be different. The recent security arrangements between the United States and Turkey over the Turkish-Syrian borders implied that Ankara would finally become involved in the efforts of the Washington-led...

5th August 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Turkey ‘Decided to Light a Match’ and ‘Won’t Be Able to Control the Intensity’ of What Happens Next

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey is now in the anti-ISIS fight — and it's unclear what happens next.

5th August 2015 - Rudaw

Inside America

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey has finally joined the US-led coalition to fight against the Islamic State, or ISIS, but implications of this purportedly game-changing development are under hot discussion from Washington to Ankara and Erbil.

5th August 2015 - Quoted by Mary Chastain - Breitbart

Book: Christian Persecution in the Middle East Goes Far Beyond ISIS

Jonathan Schanzer

In his latest book, Christian Persecution in the Middle East: A 21st Century Tragedy, author George J. Marlin explores the fall of Christianity in its birthplace, documenting the suffering of those people who face death simply for being a Christian.

4th August 2015 - Hurriyet Daily News

What the Iran Deal Could Cost Turkey

Merve Tahiroglu

The nuclear deal between six world powers and Iran signed earlier this month presents a predicament for Turkey. On one hand, the Islamic Republic is a neighbor that offers vast economic and energy opportunities. On the other, it is a menace that threatens Turkey’s regional interests.

3rd August 2015 - Quoted by Charles Hoskinson - The Washington Examiner

Turkey’s not-so-hidden motives

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey's entrance into the fight against the Islamic State may seem like a victory for President Obama in the face of criticism that his strategy has lagged behind the militant group's gains, especially in Syria.

3rd August 2015 - Ahram Online - Co-written by Emre Caliskan

Turkey and Qatar: An Asymmetric Partnership That Harms Ankara

Aykan Erdemir

Until a few years ago, many analysts considered Turkey a rising star. With its booming economy, “zero problems with neighbours” policy, and active role in mediating the region’s disputes, they viewed Ankara as a potential model for the Muslim world.

1st August 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

ISIS is Exploiting a Crucial Weakness in Turkey that Lets Them Walk ‘Free’

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey's airstrikes on ISIS targets in northern Syria and Kurdish PKK camps in northern Iraq have coincided with a nationwide crackdown on suspected militants and extremists operating within its own borders.

31st July 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Erdogan Signals Possible Snap Election

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has signaled the possibility of an early parliamentary election. His comments come as talks about forming a coalition government drag on in Ankara.

30th July 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Turkey is ‘Playing a Dangerous Game’ — and What Comes Next Could Make It Worse

Jonathan Schanzer

Last week, Turkey went from being effectively neutral in the conflict brewing on its southern border to opening a war on two fronts against ISIS in northern Syria and the Kurdish PKK in northern Iraq. And what happens next will determine just how messy Ankara’s Syria policy has become....

30th July 2015 - Politico Europe

Turkish Grey Wolves Target ‘Chinese’

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit Wednesday with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing came at an awkward time. So far this month, Turkish ultranationalists have attacked two Chinese restaurants in Istanbul, assaulted Koreans (whom they mistook for Chinese) at an iconic...

29th July 2015 -

Turkey at War: A New, Complicated, Phase in the Fight Against ISIS

Patrick Megahan, Merve Tahiroglu

The Turkish cabinet formally approved opening the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey on Wednesday to the coalition fighting Islamic State (ISIS). The U.S. has been pressuring Turkey to allow operations from Incirlik for months, but the deadly suicide bombing in the Turkish border town of...

29th July 2015 - NOW Lebanon

The ISIS Attack and Turkey’s Islamist Kurds

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

An ISIS-linked suicide bomber attacked the southern Turkish border town of Suruç on Monday, killing 32 and wounding 100. The victims were preparing for a trip to reconstruct the war-torn Syrian town of Kobane, which has held by the Kurdish People’s Democratic Union (PYD) since late...


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