Analysis & Commentary


10th June 2015 - Quoted by Hurriyet Daily News

Ex-CHP MP Joins US Foreign Policy Foundation

Aykan Erdemir

Dr. Aykan Erdemir, a former member of the Turkish parliament from 2011 to 2015, has joined the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) as a non-resident fellow, the foundation announced in a written statement on June 9.

10th June 2015 - WINA

The Schilling Show

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah discusses the recent elections in Turkey.

9th June 2015 - Quoted by Mike Giglio - Buzzfeed News

Can Turkey’s Ruling Party Fix Its Erdogan Problem?

Aykan Erdemir

The glowing reputation Turkey’s ruling party built early in its decade-plus in power seemed a distant memory on Sunday as voters punished it at the polls.

9th June 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey After the Elections

Merve Tahiroglu

In Turkey’s election on Sunday, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost its parliamentary majority for the first time in 13 years, and will be unable to form the next government on its own.

8th June 2015 - Quoted by The Economist

Autocracy Blocked

Aykan Erdemir

FOR Turkey’s Islamist president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has won every campaign he has run since being elected mayor of Istanbul in 1994, it was a first taste of defeat. Voters denied his Justice and Development (AK) party a majority in Sunday’s parliamentary polls, thwarting his dreams...

5th June 2015 - International Policy Digest

What Will Happen After Turkey’s Elections?

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

When Turkish voters go to the polls this Sunday, it will mark the end of what has been an interminable 15 month long election cycle in Turkey encompassing municipal elections, a presidential election, and finally parliamentary elections.

5th June 2015 - Turkish Policy Quarterly

Turkey and Iran: The Best of Frenemies

Merve Tahiroglu, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Inheriting a legacy of imperial competition, the Turkey-Iran rivalry today manifests itself through the contest for leadership of the Arab Middle East, and Muslim hearts and minds more generally.

3rd June 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Ankara Alone

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

Too Islamist-friendly for NATO, too pro-European for Russia, too pro-Sunni for Iran, and too pro-democracy for Saudi Arabia, Turkey can’t seem to manage lasting alliances. It’s an issue that figures to play a role in the Turkish parliamentary elections on June 7.

2nd June 2015 - FDD - Roubini Report

Turkish Medium-Term Economic Scenarios: The Costs of Policy Stasis

Jonathan Schanzer

The majority of the analysis on Turkey’s general elections, to be held on June 7, has focused on the domestic political ramifications of President Erdoğan’s

2nd June 2015 - FDD Research

2015 Turkish Parliamentary Elections

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey’s June 7 elections will determine the composition of the parliament for the next four years. Polls show the AKP, in power since 2002, potentially suffering significant setbacks.

1st June 2015 - Quoted by Pamela Engel - Business Insider

The ISIS Economy Just Got a Huge Boost

Jonathan Schanzer

The US is trying to choke off the Islamic State's revenue streams in Iraq and Syria. But the biggest slice of the ISIS budget may come from taxing the "Caliphate's" captive population, a source of wealth for the group that's harder for international actors to control.

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...

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