Soner Cagaptay

Soner Cagaptay is director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute.

How President Erdogan Is Turning Turkey Into Putin’s Russia

Erdogan is driving out business people and the well-educated – the economic forces he needs to achieve his goal of transforming the country into a great power.

Read more »

Turkish-Russian-Iranian Summit: Limits to a Tripartite Entente

Putin has Turkey exactly where he wants it: As an upset NATO ally willing to break ranks with the alliance’s stance toward Russia.

Read more »

Turkey: Europe Out, Middle East In

As the primary source of tourists visiting Turkey shifts from Europe to the Middle East, a 150 year-long era comes to a close.

Read more »

Turkey Cozying Up to Russia and Iran

What does history teach us about the real prospects of closer Turkish relations with Russia and Iran?

Read more »

Erdogan’s Futile Yearning for Omnipotence

Turkey has become too diverse demographically, too big economically and too complicated politically for one person to shape in his own image.

Read more »

Turkey’s Warming Ties With Iran

The two countries appear to be compartmentalizing their shared and divergent interests in Syria and Iraq.

Read more »

Why Erdogan is on a Nationalist Path

Erdogan’s embrace of nationalist rhetoric and actions could have important repercussions on Turkish foreign policy.

Read more »

Israel and Turkey: Approaching Reconciliation?

Normalization negotiations seem closer than ever to conclusion, but significant differences remain on Gaza, Hamas and Egypt.

Read more »

The Syrian Kurds: Whose Ally?

The United States should encourage rapprochement between Turkey and the PYD.

Read more »

War Cabinet or Peace Cabinet in Turkey?

The choice of coalition after this weekend’s elections will tell us much about Turkey’s future path.

Read more »