Aykan Erdemir

Aykan Erdemir is the senior director of the Turkey Program at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

The Turkey-Russia Tango Over Syria and Libya

Is Turkey turning into a Russian puppet? Vladimir Putin is showing a remarkable ability to reverse Erdogan’s Syria ambitions.

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Erdogan and ISIS

Trump should not fall for the Turkish president’s public relations stunts.

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Erdogan’s Russian Pipe Dreams

While Turkey’s President dreams big power dreams, Putin plays Erdogan like a fiddle.

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Erdogan Makes Mockery of Elections

Ultimately, Erdogan might end up losing Istanbul again. And botch yet another opportunity to normalize relations with the Kurds.

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Erdogan At a Crossroad

Losing Ankara and Istanbul is a significant defeat for Turkey’s President.

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Turkey’s Erdogan Rushes to Maduro’s Defense

Turkey’s President is eager to stand side-by-side with Russia, China, and Iran in Venezuela.

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The Khashoggi Murder and Erdogan’s Naked Truth

Erdogan is a pragmatist, and will likely be looking to maximize both diplomatic and monetary rewards for the evidence he possesses, real or presumed.

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Khashoggi Crisis Holds a Mirror to Turkey

Turkey’s anger over possible Saudi role in Khashoggi disappearance rings hollow.

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U.S. Sanctions on Turkish Ministers Require Recalibration

Additional designations of Erdogan’s cronies would hurt the Turkish strongman’s warchest.

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Turkish Elections: A Win That Cannot Be Stolen

Turkey’s June 24 elections and the likely runoff will be determined by the opposition’s ability to stop Erdogan’s rigging attempts.

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