Analysis & Commentary

25th October 2017 - Quoted by Micah Meadowcroft - The Washington Free Beacon

The Rise of Erdogan’s ‘Hostage Diplomacy’

Eric S. Edelman, Aykan Erdemir

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's president, has begun an age of "hostage diplomacy" in the year following last July's failed coup attempt, as he attempts to use foreign nationals as "bargaining chips" in international affairs, according to a panel hosted by the Foundation for Defense of...

25th October 2017 - The Washington Times

The Kurdish test

Clifford D. May

It’s essential that President Trump make clear that further threats to the security and integrity of the Kurdish region will not be countenanced, that any advance on Erbil will be met with stiff sanctions and, if necessary, force. The U.S. should insist that all military operations cease...

24th October 2017 - Quoted by Carlo Muñoz - The Washington Times

Ex-envoy says U.S. should prepare to lose Turkish base

Eric S. Edelman

Relations between Ankara and Washington have grown so fraught during recent months that the Pentagon should prepare alternatives to a key Turkish air base for regional operations, a former U.S. ambassador to Turkey said Tuesday.

11th October 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Worst Crisis in Decades for Turkey and U.S.

Merve Tahiroglu

The U.S. and Turkey suspended visa services for each other’s citizens this weekend. The crisis represents the most serious deterioration of bilateral ties in the last half-century – since the U.S. arms embargo against Turkey after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in the 1970s.

11th October 2017 - Quoted by Chuck Ross - The Daily Caller

Erdogan’s American Allies Stay Silent on Pastor Jailed in Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

Andrew Brunson has been in a Turkish prison for just over a year — one year and four days, to be exact.

10th October 2017 - Quoted by Fritz Lodge - The Cipher Brief

U.S. and Turkey Diplomatic Relations Reach Crisis Point

Aykan Erdemir

Relations between Turkey and the United States have hit a new low point with tit-for-tat visa suspensions after the arrest of a U.S. embassy employee.

9th October 2017 - Quoted by Patrick Goodenough - CNS News

American Pastor Begins Second Year in Turkish Prison Despite Pressure From Trump, Pence

Merve Tahiroglu

American Pastor Andrew Brunson has begun a second year behind bars in Turkey, with no sign that the Islamist government is inclined to heed U.S. calls for his release.

9th October 2017 - Quoted by Burak Akinci - Xinhua

Spotlight: Erdogan bids for crunch AKP reform targeting at 2019 elections

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is striving to reshape and renew the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in a bid to prepare for three crucial elections in 2019.

8th October 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Bavaria’s Green Party: BDS Same As Nazi ‘Don’t Buy From Jews’ Slogan

Benjamin Weinthal

"The BDS [Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions] campaign is, in its totality, antisemitic, hostile to Israel, reactionary and anti-enlightenment," stated the text of a recent party resolution.

6th October 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Diplomatic Spat Erupts Between Ankara and U.S. Over Arrest

Merve Tahiroglu

A controversy erupted this week between Washington and Ankara over Turkey’s arrest of a U.S. consulate employee in Istanbul. The employee, a Turkish national identified only by the initials M.T., was arrested on charges of espionage and attempts to “destroy” the constitutional order...

6th October 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

German Jews Cut Ties With Local Turkish Group Due to Antisemitism

Benjamin Weinthal

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan uses the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs to spy on dissidents, says Jens Meyer-Wellmann, deputy editor of the 'Hamburger Abendblatt' newspaper.

5th October 2017 - Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan 24

WATCH: Sen. Marco Rubio: US needs to prevent conflict after Kurdistan referendum

John Hannah

Sen. Marco Rubio added his voice to the growing number of figures in Washington, DC who now stress the importance of reducing tensions and preventing conflict in the region, following the Sep. 25 Kurdistan independence referendum.

5th October 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Fearing an Independent Kurdistan, Erdogan Travels to Tehran

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan traveled to Iran on Wednesday for meetings with the country’s supreme leader, president, and other regime officials.

4th October 2017 - Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan24

Rep. Mike Gallagher: US should promote Erbil-Baghdad talks

John Hannah

Congressman Mike Gallagher, a Republican from Wisconsin, told Kurdistan 24, “The Kurdish people have overwhelmingly spoken” in their independence referendum.

2nd October 2017 - Foreign Policy

The United States Must Prevent Disaster in Kurdistan

John Hannah

You have to hand it to them. U.S. officials nailed it. Prior to the Sept. 25 independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, they couldn’t have been clearer in setting out the parade of horribles that might come to pass if the vote went ahead.

1st October 2017 - Quoted by Thomas Seibert - The Arab Weekly

Erdogan hints at plan to swap jailed US pastor for Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen

Aykan Erdemir

In a move condemned by crit­ics as an indication that Tur­key is holding Westerners hos­tage, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered to free a US pastor jailed in his country if Washington extradites a suspected coup plotter.

30th September 2017 - i24 News

Strictly Security

Aykan Erdemir

FDD seior fellow Aykan Erdemir discuss the Kurdish referendum for independence on Strictly Security on i24 News.

29th September 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Referendum Triggers Turkish Vitriol against Kurds – and Jews

Aykan Erdemir

Iraqi Kurds voted overwhelmingly on Monday in favor of a referendum on independence for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and neighboring disputed territories. The Turkish government, in close coordination with Iran and Iraq, has been a vocal opponent of Kurdish independence.

29th September 2017 - CGTN

CGTN America

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir joins a discussion on Kurdistan’s independence referendum on CGTN America.

29th September 2017 - Quoted by Patrick Goodenough - CNS News

‘Hostage-Style Prisoner Swap’: Critics Slam Erdogan’s Comments on Jailed US Pastor

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey’s Islamist president came under fire Thursday for comments linking the fate of an incarcerated American pastor accused of espionage with the extradition of a U.S.-based Turk accused of masterminding a failed coup attempt last year.


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