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.

The end of Turkey’s democratic experiment

19th April 2017 – The Washington Times

The end of Turkey’s democratic experiment

Clifford D. May

On the grounds of the Turkish Embassy facing Massachusetts Ave. in Washington, D.C. is a statue of Mustafa Kamal Ataturk, father of the Republic of Turkey, the nation-state he built from the rubble of the defeated Ottoman Empire and Islamic caliphate. more...

Analysis & Commentary

27th April 2017 – Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - K24

Turkish airstrikes reveal rift with US

Aykan Erdemir

As more details emerge of the airstrikes which Turkey conducted on Kurdish forces Tuesday morning, the extent of Ankara’s rift with the US is becoming clearer. more...

27th April 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Airstrikes Complicate Campaign against IS

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish jets carried out airstrikes Tuesday and Wednesday against Kurdish forces in northern Syria and northern Iraq. more...

25th April 2017 – Quoted by Lorraine Caballerio - Christian Daily

Turkey referendum: Erdogan’s new powers feared to intensify Christian persecution

Aykan Erdemir

The persecution of Turkish Christians could intensify after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was granted massive new powers by the people through a referendum on Sunday, a Muslim Turk who used to serve in the Parliament fears. more...

23rd April 2017 – Quoted by Stephen Quillen - The Arab Weekly

Turkey deeply divided after vote, at time of regional conflicts

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s vote for a strong executive presidency has left the country divided and at odds with Europe at a time when it is em­broiled in the Syrian conflict and seeking to balance good ties with both Russia and the United States. more...