Analysis & Commentary

10th November 2017 - Quoted by Nick Ashdown - The Jewish Chronicle

Turkish Jews open doors to confront antisemitism

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s small Jewish community got a rare chance to showcase its culture in Istanbul on Sunday during the European Days of Jewish Culture event.

9th November 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s Premier Visits Washington

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim is in Washington this week in a bid to mend his country’s flailing ties with the U.S. His trip follows the worst crisis in Turkish-American relations in decades, whereby both sides suspended visa services for each other’s citizens. It also comes...

8th November 2017 - Foreign Affairs

Kurd Your Enthusiasm

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Merve Tahiroglu

On October 16, the world woke to footage of the Iraqi army barreling toward Kirkuk, several hundred miles north of Baghdad. Their mission was to reclaim the city, but not from jihadists; rather, they planned to win it back from the Kurds. Three years ago, as the Islamic State (ISIS) tore...

3rd November 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

The S-400: Erdogan’s Fail-safe

Boris Zilberman

Moscow and Ankara continue to signal that the $2.5-billion sale of four S-400 anti-aircraft batteries will proceed. While questions remain about when delivery will occur and under what conditions, both sides have an overriding interest in seeing the deal through. President Vladimir Putin...

2nd November 2017 - Quoted by Raziye Akkoc and Luana Sarmini-Buonaccorsi - Agence France Presse

Year after arrests, Turkey pro-Kurd party weakened but defiant

Aykan Erdemir

One year after the arrest of its charismatic chief, Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party defiantly insists it is the only true opposition against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan but faces an uphill battle to remain a major force.

1st November 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

CIA releases video of Hamza bin Laden’s wedding

Thomas Joscelyn

The US has released a video from Hamza bin Laden's wedding, providing a more recent image of Osama's heir than was previously available. The video was recovered during the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in May 2011. FDD's Long War Journal assesses that the wedding likely took place...

31st October 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Erdogan’s Power Grab Continues with Municipalities

Aykan Erdemir

The mayor of Istanbul, Turkey’s largest metropolis with almost 15 million inhabitants, stepped down from office last month. Since then, five other mayors from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) followed suit, responding to their party leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s command to...

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.


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