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.

Istanbul’s Iconic Synagogue Besieged by Islamist Nationalists

21st July 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Istanbul’s Iconic Synagogue Besieged by Islamist Nationalists

Aykan Erdemir

An ultranationalist-cum-Islamist group attacked Istanbul’s Neve Shalom Synagogue with stones and kicked its gates Thursday night. Attackers carried signs threatening to “besiege temples without warning one night” and vowed to “prevent worship” at the synagogue. more...

Analysis & Commentary

18th July 2017 – Quoted by Daniel Pipes - Gatestone Institute

Another Turkish Ambassador Confronts Me

Eric S. Edelman

In February, Turkey's ambassador to Israel told this author to stay away from his country; at least he did so diplomatically. In June, Turkey's ambassador to Bulgaria treated me in a remarkably rude and undiplomatic manner. more...

18th July 2017 – Hardnews Foreign Policy

‘For Erdogan, personal interest trumps national interest’: Former Turkish Member of Parliament

‘For Erdogan, personal interest trumps national interest’: Former Turkish Member of Parliament

Aykan Erdemir

As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan faces widespread protests and accusations of clamping down on dissent by using the last year’s coup as a pretext, Aykan Erdemir, a former member of the Turkish Parliment and senior fellow at Foundation for Defense of Democracies, speaks to Hardnews about the ongoing crisis, Turkey’s fate under Erdogan’s rule and the dangers of straying into Qatar row. more...

16th July 2017 – Quoted by Patrick Kingsley - The New York Times

Erdogan and Supporters Stage Rally on Anniversary of Failed Coup

Aykan Erdemir

Less than a week after the largest opposition rally in Turkey in years, hundreds of thousands of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s supporters made their own show of strength by gathering on Saturday night to commemorate the anniversary of last year’s failed coup. more...

15th July 2017 – CGTN

CGTN’s America

Aykan Erdemir

CGTN's Susan Roberts spoke with former Turkish Parliament member and FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir, one year after the failed coup in Turkey. more...