In the Media


Fathom Journal

March 16, 2020

Book Review | Erdogan’s Empire: Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East

By Simon Waldman

"Cagaptay has authored a highly authoritative and accessible book on Turkish foreign policy. It offers deep insights into Turkey’s role in not just the Middle East but also beyond in central Asia, Africa, the caucus and the historical context of the evolution of Turkey’s foreign policy under Erdogan."


March 10, 2020

Τον ζημιώνει αυτή η κρίση

Interview with Vassilis Kostoulas

“Ο Ερντογάν είναι ο πιο ισχυρός πολιτικός στην πρόσφατη ιστορία της Τουρκίας. Ομως σήμερα, δεν αντιπροσωπεύει πλέον την αλλαγή στην Τουρκία.”

To Vima

March 3, 2020

Σονέρ Τσαγκαπτάι: Ο Ερντογάν αφύπνισε αυτοκρατορικά συναισθήματα στους Τούρκους»

Interview with Angelos Athanasopoulos

Σονέρ Τσαγκαπτάι εκτιμά ότι η Ρωσία μπορεί να αναδειχθεί σε νέμεση της Τουρκίας, ενώ αναφέρει ότι ακόμη και αν η Αγκυρα δεν κόψει τελείως τις σχέσεις της με τη Δύση, αυτές δεν θα είναι ποτέ ξανά ίδιες.

Bosphorus Review of Books

March 1, 2020

The New Sultan's Foreign Policy: An Extremely Timely Geopolitical Conversation with Soner Cagaptay

Interview with Luke Frostick

Soner Cagaptay joined Luke to talk about his latest book Erdogan’s Empire; a clear breakdown of the foreign policy of the AKP era, its successes and its failures. 

L’Orient-Le Jour

February 28, 2020

Après les frappes contre des soldats turcs à Idleb, "c’est le moment pour l’Occident de venir à la rescousse d'Ankara"

Interview with Élie Saikali

L’Orient-Le Jour a interrogé Soner Cagaptay, spécialiste de la Turquie au sein du Washington Institute.


February 9, 2020

Books of the Week

Named "best book on Turkey" by CNN's Fareed Zakaria


January 24, 2020

Erdoğan’s Empire

By Luke Frostick

"In his new book Erdoğan’s Empire, Soner Çağaptay breaks down the geopolitics of the AKP era in forensic detail."

Arab Weekly

January 19, 2020

Imperial vision and Ikhwan links drive Turkey’s Erdogan

Interview with Gareth Smyth

“Erdogan has ideological convictions but is pragmatic. He’s least pragmatic when it comes to relations with Ikhwan."

Paris Match

January 16, 2020

"Poutine et Erdogan ont l’ambition commune de restaurer une puissance passée"

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

The Empire He Did Not Want

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."

Harvard Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy

October 25, 2019

“Erdoğan the Good” or “Erdoğan the Bad?” A conversation with Soner Çağaptay on US-Turkey relations following US withdrawal from Syria

Interview with Reilly Barry

"At least some people are reducing Turkey to Erdoğan, viewing the whole country through the Erdoğan lens, which is simplistic...Forgetting the fact that regardless of one’s feelings towards Erdoğan the US is going to need Ankara" 

Turkey Book Talk

October 22, 2019

Soner Çağaptay on Syria and Erdoğan’s Middle East quandary

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)."

BBC World

October 10, 2019

Turkey Syria offensive: Tens of thousands flee homes

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."

Foreign Affairs

August 12, 2019

Erdogan’s Way: The Rise and Rule of Turkey’s Islamist Shapeshifter

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.”