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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."

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.”