Soner Cagaptay
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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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The Fragile Thaw in U.S.-Turkish Relations

April 7, 2015  •  Policy Watch

If Ankara and Washington can manage the complications surrounding various domestic and foreign issues, particularly in Syria, then the coming months hold promise for reviving the bilateral relationship.

President Obama's March 27 phone call to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan was a welcome development that ended a six-month period of silence between them. It comes at a time when the United States would like access to Turkish air bases for armed drone flights and potential combat missions to help recapture Mosul, Iraq, from the "Islamic State"/ISIS. Thus far, Ankara seems eager to meet some U.S. demands. Such developments could lead to a thaw in bilateral ties, which have suffered since 2013.

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Turkey and the KRG: An Undeclared Economic Commonwealth

March 16, 2015  •  Policy Watch

For the long-term benefit of both, Ankara and Erbil share a strong interest in maintaining their partnership.

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Turkey and Egypt's Great Game in the Middle East

March 8, 2015  •  Foreign Affairs

Local and regional developments over the past two years suggest that Turkey and Egypt's contentious relationship is unlikely to improve so long as Erdogan and Sisi are in power.

The chaos in the Middle East has tested many relationships, not least the one between Egypt and Turkey. Shortly after the fall of Hosni Mubarak in 2011, Turkey became one of Egypt's chief regional supporters. When the new president, Mohammad Morsi, was himself pushed out of office in 2013, Turkey shifted course. With General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in power in Egypt, Turkey quickly became one of the country's main adversaries in the Levant.

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Books by Soner Cagaptay

Cover of Islam, Secularism, and Nationalism in Modern Turkey


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