Analysis & Commentary


31st July 2016 - Quoted by Louise Callaghan - The Times

Turkey harnesses spirit of Gallipoli after failed coup

Aykan Erdemir

The Gallipoli campaign runs through Hussein’s veins. For years the amateur historian has entertained visitors to his home in Canakkale with tales of Ottoman heroism in the fight against allied forces in the First World War.

29th July 2016 - Sirius XM

The Arlene Bynon Show

Aykan Erdemir

FDD's Aykan Erdermir joined the Arlene Bynon Show once again to talk about the continued fallout from the July 15th Turkey coup.

28th July 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Behind the Veneer of Cross-Party Unity, Erdogan Cements Power

Aykan Erdemir

All three of Turkey’s main opposition parties opposed the coup attempt on July 15, and the government has taken pains to show its gratitude.

27th July 2016 - Quoted by Nahal Toosi - Politico

Turkey tries to trap Obama with extradition demand

Jonathan Schanzer

Is President Barack Obama willing to damage America’s relationship with a critical NATO ally over the fate of an elderly Muslim man living in the Poconos?

23rd July 2016 - Quoted by Jonathan Steele - Middle East Eye

Who is Fetullah Gulen

Aykan Erdemir

Debate is raging in Turkey over what role, if any, self-exiled Islamic cleric Fetullah Gulen and his throngs of supporters in government jobs played in last week’s abortive coup. But one man has little doubt of Gulen’s guilt - his former second-in-command.

23rd July 2016 - Quoted by Pascale Trouillaud - The Times of Israel

How Erdogan’s mass appeal saved him on coup night

Aykan Erdemir

More than his security forces, what saved Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the night of the coup attempt was the extraordinary devotion the charismatic strongman inspires among his followers.

22nd July 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Where U.S. Sees Crisis in Turkey, Iran Sees Opportunity

Amir Toumaj

Iran was the first government to fully back Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during Friday’s abortive coup attempt.

22nd July 2016 - The Hill

By blocking UN vote, Egypt sticks finger in Turkey’s eye

Oren Kessler

Egypt blocked a United Nations Security Council resolution this past Saturday that would have expressed support for Turkey's government after the coup attempt launched against it the day before. Cairo's move is the latest, but most brazen indication yet that it has little intention of...

22nd July 2016 - Interviewed by The Cipher Brief

Despite Coup Failure, Turkish Democracy Still at Risk

Aykan Erdemir

One week after the failed military coup took place in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken significant steps to consolidate his power, firing thousands of government employees from many different sectors.

22nd July 2016 - Quoted by Dion Nissenbaum - The Wall Street Journal

Reclaiming of Istanbul’s Taksim Square by Erdogan Supporters Sparks Trepidation in Some Quarters

Aykan Erdemir

In the week since President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Turks to occupy the streets and thwart an attempted coup, Istanbul’s Taksim Square has transformed from a scene of military occupation into a site of euphoric celebration.

21st July 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

John Hannah, Olli Heinonen

FDD senior advisor Olli Heinonen discusses the Iran deal, while FDD senior fellow John Hannah discusses the state of Turkey after the failed coup.

21st July 2016 - Quoted by Raphael Ahren - The Times of Israel

Despite detente, Erdogan may find Israel too good a scapegoat to resist

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is likely to start blaming Israel for the attempted coup that threatened to depose him over the weekend, due to a perceived connection between the Jewish state and the cleric he accuses of instigating the putsch, a leading Israeli expert on Turkey said....

21st July 2016 - Quoted by Lauren Rosenblatt - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Turkish government seeks self-exiled cleric living in Poconos

Jonathan Schanzer

A Pittsburgh restaurateur found out first-hand earlier this year how powerful the influence of a Poconos-dwelling Turkish cleric is — and how deep the Turkish government's antipathy for the man runs.

21st July 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

State of Emergency Risks Undercutting Turkey’s Fragile Democracy

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a three-month-long nationwide state of emergency on Wednesday after back-to-back, hours-long meetings with the National Security Council and Cabinet.

20th July 2016 - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ABC Radio: Religion and Ethics Report

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses whether or not Turkey is heading toward an Islamist future.

20th July 2016 - The Huffington Post

Turkey’s Strongman Will Exploit The Failed Coup

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey may have thwarted a military coup d’etat on Friday night, but the result will almost certainly be the precipitous decline of Turkey’s democracy, nevertheless.

19th July 2016 - Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey needs a new social contract

Aykan Erdemir

A decade ago, Turkey was hailed as a success story due to its booming economy, proactive foreign policy and progress toward EU membership. Today the country is making headlines for different reasons: Frequent terror attacks, rising polarization, deepening diplomatic isolation and a flagging...

19th July 2016 - The New York Times

The Fight Against ISIS Will Suffer Because of Turkey’s Coup

Jonathan Schanzer

The failed coup in Turkey will set back global efforts to combat the Islamic State.

19th July 2016 - The Washington Times

The jihadis in France, the Islamists in Turkey

Clifford D. May

Streets ran red with blood in both France and Turkey last week. A terrorist atrocity and an attempted coup are quite different events. But underlying both is this question: How are the most dynamic forces within the Islamic world shaping the 21st century?

19th July 2016 - Sirius XM Canada

The Arlene Bynon Show

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir joined Arlene Bynon to discuss the recent coup attempt in Turkey.

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