War is a nightmare for Erdogan

Ankara seeks to take a stand "Pro-Ukrainian neutrality", but the balances it has to maintain with Russia are very sensitive

Ankara’s ambitions

Turkey’s prime minister has led his country for nearly 18  years. Analysts credit Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the country’s dramatic  economic growth during his first decade in office. But they also blame Erdogan for rolling back democratic  freedoms. Last month, he threatened to expel ambassadors from 10 countries, including the United States, for taking a strong stance on a  human rights case. As alliances shift in both the Middle East and Asia, Turkey is making its own geopolitical calculations.

Duvar Interview: Future of Turkey-US relations

Duvar Özel - Soner Çağaptay: What is happening in US politics? What does Biden promise to the US and the world? Newspaper Wall writer Scott Muhd these questions Washington Research Institute Director Dr. Turkey Asked Soner Cagaptay.

Turkey’s Involvement in Nagorno-Karabakh

Interview with CEPA on Turkey’s current involvement in Nagorno-Karabakh, President Erdogan’s domestic political motivations, and the consequences for Turkey’s relationships with NATO and Russia.

Ankara Turns to Moscow: A Pivot in Turkish History

Washington Institute for Near East Policy

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 Dr. Soner Cagaptay recounts Turkey's long history of conflict with its northern neighbor and explains the factors that may have led President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to break with the past.

Will Turkey's Purchase of Russian Missiles Rupture U.S. Ties?

Washington Institute for Near East Policy

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 military factors that have led to this crisis in U.S.-Turkish relations and forecasts potential short-term consequences.

Turks Examine Their Muslim Devotion After Poll Says Faith Could Be Waning


Soner Cagaptay of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Peter Kenyon of NPR discuss Erdogan's efforts to create "pious generation" that will "work for the construction of a new civilization," and the backlash it has generated among young people.

Chronicling Erdogan's Rise As "The New Sultan" Of Turkey


"[Erdogan] knows that when left to its democratic devices, Turkish society might vote him out. So, he will, unfortunately, become more authoritarian going forward. That will only anger and alienate the opposition further, and therefore exacerbate the country's crisis, that his political trajectory has created in the first place."

CNAS: Why Turkey Matters to the United States and Europe, with Soner Cagaptay

Soner Cagaptay joins Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Jim Townsend to discuss the future of Turkish politics and democracy, Turkey’s role in the NATO alliance, and why the U.S. should care about relations with Ankara. Cagaptay is a senior fellow and director of the Turkish Research Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He has written extensively on Turkish politics and U.S.-Turkish relations and is the author of "Erdogan’s Empire: Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East."

Will Turkey’s release of Pastor Andrew Brunson improve relations with the U.S.?


Soner Cagaptay spoke to Nick Schifrin of PBS News Hour about Turkey's release of American Pastor Andrew Brunson and Ankara's response to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.

What's next in the case of Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance?

Al Jazeera

Soner Cagaptay discusses the Khashoggi affair with Al Jazeera's Imran Khan, Ibrahim Fraihat, associate professor of conflict resolution at the Doha Institute, and Ali Al Ahmed, director of the Gulf Affairs Institute and former Saudi political prisoner.

Turkey's economy was showing signs of slowdown before crisis...


Soner Cagaptay of the Washington Institute and CNBC's Steve Liesman join the 'Squawk Box' team to discuss Turkey’s place in the global economy.