Analysis & Commentary

28th July 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s Flotilla Charity Seeks Renewed Confrontation with Israel

Merve Tahiroglu

The Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), the Turkish charity that organized the ill-fated flotilla to the Gaza Strip in 2010, appears to be preparing for round two – this time with the help of the Turkish naval forces.

24th July 2014 - The Tower

Experts: Don’t Reward Qatar and Turkey By Letting Them Dictate Israel/Hamas Ceasefire

David Andrew Weinberg, Jonathan Schanzer

Responding to reports that the United States, anxious to facilitate a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, “may be looking to Qatar and Turkey to help negotiate an end to the hostilities."

23rd July 2014 - Forbes

Vladimir Erdoğan: How The Turkish Premier Is Consolidating Power, Russia-Style

Merve Tahiroglu, Boris Zilberman

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) has its candidate for Turkey’s presidency. To no one’s surprise, it’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

23rd July 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Merve Tahiroglu

FDD Research Associate Merve Tahiroglu on Turkey's interests in Gaza.

23rd July 2014 - The National Interest

Why Qatar and Turkey Can’t Solve the Crisis in Gaza

David Andrew Weinberg, Jonathan Schanzer

With Washington desperate for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, and with Egypt having flamed out as a broker of calm, two of Hamas’s top patrons are about to be rewarded with a high-profile diplomatic victory.

18th July 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Gaza Conflict Reveals Anti-Semitic Undercurrent in Turkey

Merve Tahiroglu

Violent protestors gathered yesterday in front of the Israeli embassy in Ankara and the consulate in Istanbul.

18th July 2014 - FDD Translation from The Turkish Daily

A Call to the Chief Rabbi

Merve Tahiroglu

A translation of the open-letter by Turkish journalist Faruk Kose to the chief Rabbi of Turkey: When these Jews, who cause strife and mischief every place they go, were banished from Spain, Ottomans opened their arms to them.

15th July 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Cool Istanbul

Kate Havard

Demet Muftuoglu-Eseli is standing perilously close to the fire. The Turkish fashion mogul turned gallerist is hosting a gala dinner for “Istancool,” the annual arts and culture festival she founded with her husband in 2009.

15th July 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Gaza and Turkish Politics

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan condemned Israeli military operations in Gaza last week, and called UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to urge an international response.

3rd July 2014 - Quoted by Milliyet

Israel’s Target Is In Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer

Holding Hamas accountable for the kidnap and killings of the three boys, Israel had conducted searches in West Bank and airstrikes in Gaza.

1st July 2014 - Cited by Tim Arango & Ceylan Yeginsu - The New York Times

Erdogan, Survivor Of Protests And Inquiries, To Seek Presidency In Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer

Having withstood the challenges to his rule from angry street protests and a corruption inquiry, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday announced that he will run for Turkey’s presidency in elections next month, a move that is likely to position him as the country’s dominant...

28th June 2014 - Quoted by Today's Zaman

Turkish citizens pay the price of government’s faulty foreign policy

Jonathan Schanzer

The foreign policy choices of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) regarding countries such as Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya and Syria are increasingly putting Turkish citizens' lives at risk around the world as kidnappings become more commonplace and economic costs rise.

27th June 2014 - Mentioned by Gazeteciler Online

How much is Zarrab’s Gold worth? “Erdogan Inflamed the Crises”

Jonathan Schanzer

ABD’nin önde gelen gazetelerinden Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Başbakan Tayyip Erdoğan’ın politikalarının IŞİD’i azdırdığını, bölgedeki kirizi şiddetlendirdiğini yazdı.

26th June 2014 - Quoted by Cumhuriyet

Very Harsh Article on WSJ: Turkey’s Policies Inflamed It

Jonathan Schanzer

"Ortadoğu yanıyor" gibi feryatlar yükselirken Türkiye'nin bölgesel politikalarına ağır eleştiriler yöneltiliyor.

25th June 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

An Unhelpful Ally

Jonathan Schanzer

ISIS and other violent factions have benefited from Turkey's loose border policies.

25th June 2014 - Quoted by Mehul Srivastava & Isobel Finkel - Bloomberg

Bling For Minister Mastermind Greased Secret Turkey Gold Trade

Jonathan Schanzer

As the minister in charge of Turkey’s $800 billion economy in 2013, Zafer Caglayan was facing a series of numbers that didn’t bode well for coming elections.

21st June 2014 - The Long War Journal

ISIS and the Threat to Turkey

Merve Tahiroglu

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) seized the Turkish consulate in Mosul, Iraq last week, abducting 49 people, including several diplomats, guards, and...

21st June 2014 - Quoted by Deniz Arslan - Today's Zaman

ISIL Crisis Reshapes Middle East, Puts Ankara In Hot Seat

Jonathan Schanzer

The recent rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has upset the balance in the Middle East and strengthened the positions of Iran and the region's Kurds, which have the local military capacity to challenge the al-Qaeda-affiliated ISIL, while regional power Turkey now has to...

14th June 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s ISIS Crisis

Merve Tahiroglu

ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham -- “Sham” is Arabic for the Levant) took over the key Iraqi city of Mosul on June 11. Northern Iraqi Kurdish fighters, known as the...

10th June 2014 - Quoted by Omri Ceren - The Tower

Deepening Entente With Iran “Raises Questions About Turkey’s Reliability As A U.S. Ally”

Merve Tahiroglu, Behnam Ben Taleblu

An official visit to Turkey by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani triggered a flurry of diplomatic statements and economic agreements celebrated by both sides on Monday, announcements that were read by observers as straightforward...


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