In the Media
January 19, 2020
Interview with Gareth Smyth
“Erdogan has ideological convictions but is pragmatic. He’s least pragmatic when it comes to relations with Ikhwan."
January 16, 2020
Interview with François de Labarre
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.
Cairo Review of Global Affairs
November 19, 2019
By Ross Kimm
"Erdoğan wanted to build a 'neo-Ottoman' empire but missed out on what is strategically most important—real influence in the Middle East."
Turkey Book Talk
October 22, 2019
Interview with William Armstrong
"Soner Çağaptay of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy on how Turkey's military incursion into northeast Syria fits into President Erdoğan's broader policies in the Middle East. Çağaptay is author most recently of “Erdogan's Empire: Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East” (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury)."
October 10, 2019
Interview with Laura Trevelyan
"Turkey tolerated the United States working with the YPG, which is an offshoot of the PKK, so long as there was an ISIS threat. This changed with the defeat of ISIS."
August 12, 2019
By Kaya Genc
"The Gezi protests and Ankara’s isolation in the Middle East unsettled [Erdogan] who, as the scholar Soner Cagaptay writes in Erdogan’s Empire, 'had been a master of reading the global zeitgeist and responding to it with a public relations executive’s craftiness.”