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Historian Soner Cagaptay takes the long view about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “For over 200 years, Turkey followed trends invented in the West and now it’s the opposite,” says Cagaptay. “Other countries are following a trend invented in Turkey, this 21st-c...

Directeur du programme de recherche pour la Turquie au Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Soner Cagabtay décrypte la relation complexe entre Poutine et Erdogan, acteurs clefs en Syrie et en Libye, rivaux ou alliés, amis ou ennemis selon les circonstances. 

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November 19, 2019

The most important date in Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s political career was July 9, 2018. This day marked his inauguration as president of Turkey under the new executive presidential system, which he won in a referendum one year earlier. With power firmly consolidated, the...

An in-depth conversation on Washington's misguided tendency to view Turkey through binary lenses based entirely on Erdogan’s policies, forgetting the country’s strong political diversity.

Reilly Barry, editor-in-chief of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Journal of Middle Ea...

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Soner Cagaptay about U.S. sanctions on Turkey and what impact they may have on Turkey's economy and global standing.

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

Vice President Mike Pence is heading to Turkey to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Pence wants a...

Few announcements from the Trump White House have engendered such bipartisan outrage as the news that Turkey was preparing to attack Kurdish forces in Syria — and the U.S. would be getting out of the way.

Why it matters: Soner Cagaptay, an expert on U.S.-Turkey relation...

July 19, 2019

Turkey's decision to risk a rupture with the United States -- and NATO -- in order to purchase the S-400 missile defense system represents a monumental departure from the country's contentious, centuries-old relationship with Russia. In this video, Beyer Family Fellow...

July 8, 2019

The purchase of a sophisticated S-400 missile defense system by NATO ally Turkey poses a challenge to U.S. law and upsets longstanding diplomatic practice. Soner Cagaptay, The Washington Institute's Beyer Family Fellow, breaks down the interconnected political and mili...

June 29, 2018

On June 25, Soner Cagaptay, Lisel Hintz, Nick Danforth, and Rich Outzen addressed a Policy Forum at The Washington Institute. Cagaptay is the Institute’s Beyer Family Fellow and director of its Turkish Research Program. Hintz is an assistant professor at the John Hopki...

ISTANBUL – Voters in Turkey went to the polls Sunday in a high-stakes election that could drastically alter the NATO ally's path or give more power to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

At a time of economic instability and strained relations with the West, the outcome cou...

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