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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.

Erdogan's Party Loses Big in Turkish Local Elections

CNN International

Soner Cagaptay of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy joins CNN International's Hala Gorani to discuss the implications of the March 31, 2019 local elections in Turkey.

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."

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.

Face-Off Between U.S. And Turkey Escalates


" a prototype of populist leaders globally. He has demonized his opponents, but he's also built a loyal conservative base that loves him. This is a very loyal crowd, half of the country, that literally worships and adores Erdogan. And they also believe that Erdogan has a historic mission, as he suggests, to make Turkey great and Muslims proud again."

Soner Cagaptay on BBC

BBC World

Soner Cagaptay, author of The New Sultan, spoke with Rajini Vaidyanathan soon after new tariffs were placed on Turkey.

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