Soner Cagaptay

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Part of the reason Erdogan is doing this S-400 deal is he's angry with the U.S. over the indictment of the former economy minister as well as continued U.S. cooperation with the YPG. He's using the S-400 as a lever, in terms of bargaining, to convince Washington to change its mind on a number of issues.feedback
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Sep 22 2017 NATO
Soner Cagaptay has most recently been quoted in an article called In Turkey’s New Curriculum, Ataturk, Darwin and Jihad Get Face-lifts. Soner Cagaptay said, “Turkey's neighbors are not Luxembourg or Belgium but the Islamic State and Al Qaeda, so it is risky to promote jihad because of the region Turkey is in and the rising jihadist recruitment trend globally.”. Soner Cagaptay has been quoted a grand total of 25 times in 14 articles.
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Apr 13 2017 - Turkey

If you talk to [Turks] and ask them to compare Turkey before Erdogan and Turkey under Erdogan, you'll get two answers: Either they'll tell you it was hell and he made it heaven, or they'll tell you it was heaven and he made it hell.feedback

Apr 13 2017 - Turkey

The Netherlands is Turkey's number one source of direct investment. It's also, sadly, the country with which Turkey has had the longest, permanent relations among European nations. … The fact that [Turkish-Dutch] relations have had their first crisis under Erdogan suggest to me that foreign policy now serves Erdogan's electoral gains and nothing is sacred.feedback

Mar 11 2017

He fired over 75 percent, nearly 1,200 people out of 1,500 bureaucrats that worked in the executive branch that President Abraham Lincoln feared could be disloyal. It's time now for President Trump to follow Abraham Lincoln's example and fire anyone and everyone who was actively working against him in government.feedback

Mar 07 2017

I think Erdogan's agenda was not eliminating it, it was taking it over.feedback

Jul 18 2016

Incirlik is important to the anti-ISIS struggle, but it's not indispensable. If Washington feels that this becomes the sine qua non in the relationship, the U.S. might pull the plug out. It would require a repositioning of forces.feedback

Jul 06 2016 - Turkey

Until the rise of ISIS in 2014, Turkey was basically turning a blind eye to radical foreign fighters who were crossing into Syria. Not because Turkey was in favor of radicals or supported radicals ... but because they thought they were war-hardened fighters who could accelerate the demise of the Assad regime, helping Turkey toward its final objective.feedback

Jul 06 2016

The corridor is crucial to ISIS' survival. It's the main conduit of what was once a large smuggling area for ISIS to get fighters in and out, weapons in, funding in, oil and antiquities out. If ISIS loses that corridor it will basically be stifled.feedback

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