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11th July 2017 - News Radio WINA

The Schilling Show

Aykan Erdemir

Senior Fellow of Foundation for Defense of Democracies Dr. Aykan Erdemir calls in to share points on Historic relationship between US and Turkey, Erdogan, and Possibility of removal from NATO.

11th July 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Millions Demand Justice in Turkey

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkish citizens rallied in Istanbul on Sunday at the conclusion of the 250-mile “March for Justice” led by 68-year-old opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu.

10th July 2017 - Quoted by Amberin Zaman - AL-Monitor

No time for rest as Turkey’s Justice March reaches Istanbul

Aykan Erdemir

he Turkish opposition's Justice March has ended in a triumphant rally of over a million people, but can Kilicdaroglu leverage the march into a coalition broad enough to challenge the Justice and Development Party in the 2019 elections? Read more:...

7th July 2017 - Washington Post

Why Trump should not swap prisoners with Erdogan

Eric S. Edelman, Merve Tahiroglu

Rumors are swirling in Washington about a potential prisoner swap with Turkey. The Turks want the United States to release a Turkish-Iranian millionaire awaiting trial in Manhattan, in return for which they might free a North Carolina pastor being held in a prison in Izmir.

5th July 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US citizen pleaded guilty to training with al Qaeda in Syria, plotting attack

Thomas Joscelyn

On June 29, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, a 25-year-old US citizen and resident of Columbus, Ohio, pleaded guilty to various terror-related charges.

5th July 2017 - Foreign Affairs

Turkey’s Patchwork Foreign Policy

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey’s steady descent into authoritarianism under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been accompanied by an erratic foreign policy.

28th June 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

German-Turkish Relations Continue to Deteriorate

Benjamin Weinthal

The fractured Berlin-Ankara relationship has been hit by perhaps its biggest diplomatic crisis, resulting in Berlin’s decision to withdraw German forces stationed at the Incirlik Air Base in Adana, Turkey, near the Syrian border, and relocate them to Jordan.

25th June 2017 - Quoted by Nick Ashdown - The Medialine

Mass March against Injustices in Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s largest opposition party has embarked on a 280-mile march from Ankara to Istanbul to draw attention to what they call massive, ongoing injustices in Turkey.

25th June 2017 - The National Interest

Why Turkey Chose Qatar

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

A few weeks after the Saudi-led diplomatic blitz targeting Qatar, there is no doubt that Ankara stands firmly with Doha. Under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey has developed a close albeit asymmetrical partnership with Qatar.

15th June 2017 - Quoted by Euronews

Spying prison term prompts huge protests in Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

Several thousand people in Turkey’s two largest cities, Ankara and Istanbul, have been protesting against the 25-year prison sentence handed down to opposition lawmaker Kadri Enis Berberoğlu on spying charges.

15th June 2017 - Quoted by Patrick Kingsley - New York Times

Turkish Opposition Leader Begins 250-Mile Protest March

Aykan Erdemir

The leader of Turkey’s largest opposition party began on Thursday a 250-mile march to Istanbul from Ankara, the capital, to protest President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s widening crackdown on dissent.

9th June 2017 - Global Journalist

Turkey’s Dying Democracy

Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses Turkey's "democracy" and its prospects for the future.

8th June 2017 - Quoted by Micah Meadowcroft - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Support of Syrian Kurds Has Not Hurt U.S.-Turkish Relations

The U.S. arming of the Kurdish YPG fighters who are pushing to take Raqqa, Syria, has not damaged relations between Turkey and the United States, said experts at a Wednesday panel at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

8th June 2017 - Quoted by Micah Meadowcroft - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Support of Syrian Kurds Has Not Hurt U.S.-Turkish Relations

Aykan Erdemir, John Hannah

The U.S. arming of the Kurdish YPG fighters who are pushing to take Raqqa, Syria, has not damaged relations between Turkey and the United States, said experts at a Wednesday panel at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

26th May 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

CENTCOM: Three senior Islamic State foreign fighters killed

Thomas Joscelyn

US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced today that “three senior foreign fighters” in the Islamic State were killed near the Iraqi-Syrian border in recent weeks. Two of them, Mustafa Gunes and Abu Asim al-Jazaeri, were allegedly involved in planning attacks abroad. And the third,...

25th May 2017 - The Weekly Standard

It’s Time for NATO to Call Turkey’s Bluff

Eric S. Edelman, Merve Tahiroglu

Thursday's NATO Summit provides an opportunity for the alliance to get tough on its putative Turkish ally. Under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's destabilizing policies in Europe and the Middle East have made it appear less an ally and more a Russian Trojan horse.

25th May 2017 - Quoted by Lorraine Caballero - Christian Daily

Turkey accuses jailed American pastor of delivering special sermons to Kurds

Aykan Erdemir

An American pastor jailed in Turkey was reportedly accused of giving special sermons to the Kurds and of having ties to U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, the suspected mastermind of a failed coup attempt in July 2016.

22nd May 2017 - Quoted by Flint Arthur - France 24

Eyewitness call for justice after attack by Erdogan’s bodyguards in USA

Aykan Erdemir

A diplomatic rift has been growing between the US and Turkey since a brawl took place outside of the Turkish ambassador’s home in Washington, DC on May 17 during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to the United States.

21st May 2017 - Quoted by Raziye Akkoc - Agence France-Presse

Erdogan to return as ruling party chief after vote victory

Aykan Erdemir

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to return as chairman of Turkey's ruling party on Sunday in a special congress, swiftly exploiting a key change agreed in the controversial April referendum on expanding his powers.

18th May 2017 - Syndicated

Buck Sexton with America Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Senior Vice President Jonathan Schanzer discusses Erdogan's visit to DC.

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