In the Media
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
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.”
March 3, 2020
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
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.
February 28, 2020
Interview with Élie Saikali
L’Orient-Le Jour a interrogé Soner Cagaptay, spécialiste de la Turquie au sein du Washington Institute.
February 9, 2020
January 24, 2020
By Luke Frostick
"In his new book Erdoğan’s Empire, Soner Çağaptay breaks down the geopolitics of the AKP era in forensic detail."
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."
Harvard Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy
October 25, 2019
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
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
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."
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.”