Analysis & Commentary

24th September 2017 - Quoted by Thomas Seibert - The Arab Weekly

Turkey to launch intervention into Syria — and maybe into Iraq

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey is preparing to send troops into northern Syr­ia, months after ending an intervention that an­gered the United States. At the same time, Ankara is ponder­ing a military response to the Kurd­ish independence vote in Iraq.

18th September 2017 - Quoted by Thomas Seibart - The Arab Weekly

Erdogan to appeal to Trump as US sanctions probe intensifies

Aykan Erdemir

As Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, prepares to meet Don­ald Trump in New York in the coming days amid increasing tensions between Tur­key and the US, analysts say the en­counter is unlikely to keep relations between the two countries from sliding into a deeper crisis.

15th September 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Officials Charged in Iran Sanctions-Busting Case

Aykan Erdemir

U.S. authorities last week charged Turkey’s former economy minister with conspiring to evade sanctions against Iran. The fourth superseding indictment in a case that initially involved Iranian-Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab and two Iranian accomplices has brought the total number of...

13th September 2017 - Quoted by Burak Akinci - Xinhua

A resilient female politician could challenge Erdogan in Turkey’s next elections

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey's former nationalist Interior Minister Meral Aksener is being touted as a possible challenger to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the next presidential election.

12th September 2017 - BBC World Service


Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir joins Newshour on BBC World Service to talk about the recent weapons deal between Turkey and Russia.

12th September 2017 - Quoted by Fulya Ozerkan - Agence France Presse

Turkey signs landmark Russian weapons deal

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey has signed a deal for its first major weapons purchase from Moscow to buy S-400 missile defence systems, both sides announced Tuesday, in an accord that could trouble Ankara's NATO allies.

8th September 2017 - Medyascope TV

This Week in Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

Aykan Erdemir on former Turkish minister's involvement in the Zarrab case.

1st September 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Public Lender Joins Erdogan’s Washington Lobbying Spree

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey’s second-largest public lender Halkbank has reportedly signed a $1.5-million deal with Ballard Partners, a U.S. lobbying firm that already represents the Turkish government.

1st September 2017 - Quoted by Menejse Tokyay - Arab News

Speculation rife over explosion in Turkey’s Izmir province

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s western province of Izmir woke up on the eve of Eid Al-Adha to an explosion near a moving prison bus.

31st August 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State ‘finance emir for Mosul’ relocated to Turkey, US says

Thomas Joscelyn

On Aug. 29, the Treasury Department announced that Salim Mustafa Muhammad al-Mansur had been added to the US government's list of specially designated global terrorists. The move was made in conjunction with the Iraqi government. Al-Mansur served as the Islamic State's "finance emir for...

31st August 2017 - Quoted by Chuck Ross - The Daily Caller

Turkey-Owned Bank Implicated In Money Laundering Case Hires Trump-Connected Lobbying Firm

Aykan Erdemir

A bank controlled by the Turkish government that has been implicated in a massive money laundering scheme has hired a Florida-based lobbying firm with close ties to the Trump White House.

30th August 2017 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Trump’s foreign policy gets one right

Aykan Erdemir

We haven’t been shy about criticizing the Trump administration’s many foreign policy failures. It’s only fair then to acknowledge when it gets one right.

26th August 2017 - Quoted by James Kitfield - The Atlantic

How James Mattis Tried to Explain Trump to the World

Aykan Erdemir

“Just as Mattis sought to reassure nervous allies, back home there were numerous reminders that the populist and intemperate impulses of his boss will not be tamed.”

25th August 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey Trumps Up the Charges against the Imprisoned U.S. Pastor

Aykan Erdemir

Yesterday, Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued an emergency decree giving himself the authority to trade foreign citizens held in Turkish prisons for individuals incarcerated abroad. This unusual decree follows Turkish prosecutors’ filing of additional charges against American...

25th August 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran and Turkey Agree on Opposing Kurdish Independence, but Not Much More

Merve Tahiroglu, Amir Toumaj

Last week, Iran’s top military commander Major General Mohammad Bagheri made an unprecedented appearance in Ankara, where he met with top Turkish officials including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan is expected to visit Tehran in the upcoming weeks. Bagheri’s visit came as Iraqi...

22nd August 2017 - Quoted by Charles Bybelezer - The Media Line

Erdogan’s Turkey: Reliable Partner Or Western Foe?

Benjamin Weinthal

Turkish president unleashes unprecedented verbal attack on Germany, as West ponders future ties with NATO member.

21st August 2017 - Citado por Sabor809

España escoge el bando equivocado al arrestar a los disidentes turcos

Eric S. Edelman

Solo una o dos semanas después del fracaso del golpe en Turquía, que tuvo lugar el 15 de julio de 2017, me interesé por algunas cuestiones legales que podían ser de interés para cualquiera de mis amigos periodistas o académicos, que o bien se encontraban en tierras europeas o habían...

18th August 2017 - Quoted by Mitch Prothero - BuzzFeed

Turkey Is Engaging In Hostage Diplomacy With The US, Officials Say

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey has arrested a number of US and German nationals and is using them as bargaining chips to force the return of suspected coup plotters, according to Western officials.

17th August 2017 - War on the Rocks

Turkey’s Drift From The West: From Transactionalism To Hostility

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey’s relations with its Western allies, in a downward spiral since 2013, are at a breaking point. Ankara not only accuses Washington of plotting last year’s abortive coup, but also blames it for arming and supporting Kurdish rebels that it sees as an existential threat. Bitter...

13th August 2017 - Politico Europe

Turkey’s economy: The next casualty of Erdoğan’s state of emergency

Aykan Erdemir

For the past year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has exploited his country’s state of emergency to rule by decree, purging government ranks, imprisoning political dissenters and crushing independent media. But for all the attention paid to Turkey’s slippage in democratic norms,...


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