Turkey Program

About FDD’s Turkey Program:

Turkey, a Muslim country with a tradition of secularism, is both a NATO member and a United States ally. In recent years, however, with the rise of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), Turkey has adopted foreign policies that are increasingly at odds with the West. Meanwhile, the government grown increasingly authoritarian, with systematic crackdowns on press freedom and other human rights violations at home.

FDD’s Turkey program seeks to inform policymakers and the American public about the AKP's dangerous policies that have risked Turkish and Western security. This includes Turkey's tolerance of Islamist and even jihadist activities.  FDD seeks to help Washington manage its relationship with a troubling partner.

The program is chaired by Eric Edelman, former US ambassador to Turkey. FDD’s senior counselor John Hannah provides additional guidance. The program is staffed by senior fellow and former member of the Turkish parliament, Aykan Erdemir, vice president for research Jonathan Schanzer, and research associate Merve Tahiroglu.

FDD's Turkey Program enjoys the support and guidance from a board of advisors. These seasoned policy makers and Turkey analysts help shape our work.

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

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. more...

Analysis & Commentary

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. more...

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. more...

31st May 2017 – Quoted by Amberin Zaman - Al-Monitor

US pastor remains political hostage in Ankara

Aykan Erdemir

The May 27 post on the joint Facebook page of pastor Andrew Brunson and his wife, Norine, suggests that US President Donald Trump’s efforts to secure the American cleric’s freedom from a Turkish jail aren’t going well. more...

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. more...