Soner Cagaptay
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Are Muslims Islamists?

May 18, 2015  •  Hurriyet Daily News

Conflating Islam with Islamism has sparked a dangerous discourse in which the majority of Muslims, who are not Islamist, bear the brunt.

The recent attack on the Muhammad cartoon contest in Dallas and the subsequent suggestions by pundits and politicians, including Dutch legislator Geert Wilders, that Islam should be banned in the West has reignited a recurring question over the past decade: Is Islam incompatible with the West?

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An Alevi Tide Headed for Turkey's Parliament

May 6, 2015  •  Policy Watch

The unprecedented influx of Alevi deputies could form a significant anti-AKP bloc in the next legislature, but this development could also hurt the opposition CHP if Alevi deputies act in a sectarian manner.

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Iran Won't Give Up on Its Revolution

April 26, 2015  •  New York Times

Given Iran's hegemonic history under the Safavids, the Shah, and the mullahs alike, Washington should not expect the regime to compromise its principles any time soon.

The announcement last month of a preliminary agreement between the United States and Iran has led some to believe that Tehran will now enter the international system as a responsible actor. But such optimism ignores the fact that Iran's current government still bears the imprint of a long imperial history and longstanding Persian regional ambitions.

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Regional Dimensions of the Syria Train-and-Equip Program

April 10, 2015  •  Policy Watch

Augmenting the planned force could help address intensifying threats posed by ISIS, along with Iran-backed militias and the Assad regime.

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Those Crazy Christians

April 9, 2015  •  American Interest

As the West struggles to navigate Islam's major sectarian cleavage, it can learn from the Ottoman Empire's historical experience with Protestant-Catholic wars.

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Books by Soner Cagaptay

Cover of Islam, Secularism, and Nationalism in Modern Turkey


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