For decades, Turkey was a vital, reliable partner of the United States: a Muslim-majority republic committed to secular governance and the rule of law, working closely with America and the West as a trusted NATO ally. Since the rise of the Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) to power in 2002, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s subsequent consolidation of one-man rule, Turkey has become a far more difficult and challenging partner. Its foreign policies are increasingly at odds with the West. Meanwhile, at home, the government has engaged in a systematic crackdown on press freedom, the rule of law, and human rights.
FDD’s Turkey program seeks to inform policymakers and the American public about the AKP’s dangerous policies that have risked Turkish and Western security. This includes Turkey’s support for Islamist policies at home and abroad, and even jihadist activities. FDD seeks to help Washington manage its relationship with an increasingly troubling partner.
The program is chaired by Eric Edelman, former U.S. ambassador to Turkey. FDD senior counselor John Hannah provides additional guidance. The program is staffed by senior fellow and former member of the Turkish parliament, Aykan Erdemir, and senior vice president for research Jonathan Schanzer.
FDD’s Turkey Program enjoys the support and guidance from a board of advisors. These seasoned policy makers and Turkey analysts help shape our work.
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