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Soner Cagaptay

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Beyer Family Fellow
Director, Turkish Research Program

Tel: 202-230-9550 (media inquiries only) 202-452-0650 (all other inquiries)
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Soner Cagaptay is the Beyer Family Fellowand director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute.

Areas of Expertise

Turkey

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Current Research

Turkey’s rise as an economic power, Ankara’s Middle East policy, U.S.-Turkey relations, 2014 Turkish elections, the new Turkish constitution, the PKK and PKK infrastructure in Europe

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Biography

Soner Çağaptay'ın Özgeçmişi (PDF)

Soner Cagaptay is the Beyer Family fellow and director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute. He has written extensively on U.S.-Turkish relations, Turkish domestic politics, and Turkish nationalism, publishing in scholarly journals and major international print media, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Jane's Defense Weekly, Foreign Affairs, Atlantic, New Republic, and Newsweek Türkiye. He has been a regular columnist for Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey's oldest and most influential English-language paper, and a contributor to CNN's Global Public Square blog. He appears regularly on Fox News, CNN, NPR, Voice of America, BBC, and CNN-Turk.

A historian by training, Dr. Cagaptay wrote his doctoral dissertation at Yale University (2003) on Turkish nationalism. Dr. Cagaptay has taught courses at Yale, Princeton University, Georgetown University, and Smith College on the Middle East, Mediterranean, and Eastern Europe. His spring 2003 course on modern Turkish history was the first offered by Yale in three decades. From 2006-2007, he was Ertegun Professor at Princeton University's Department of Near Eastern Studies.

Dr. Cagaptay is the recipient of numerous honors, grants, and chairs, among them the Smith-Richardson, Mellon, Rice, and Leylan fellowships, as well as the Ertegun chair at Princeton. He has also served on contract as chair of the Turkey Advanced Area Studies Program at the State Department's Foreign Service Institute. In 2012 he was named an American Turkish Society Young Society Leader.

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Languages Spoken / Read

  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish
  • Turkish

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Publications

Turkey's Kurdish Path

March 4, 2015

Policy Notes

Revealing Trends in Turkey's Presidential Election

September 7, 2014

Research Notes

Turkey's 2014 Political Transition:

January 3, 2014

Policy Notes

Ankara's Middle East Policy Post Arab Spring

November 6, 2013

Policy Notes

The New Turkey and U.S. Policy

January 14, 2013

Strategic Reports

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Most Recent Analysis

Can Erdogan Stay at the Helm?

May 26, 2015

Are Muslims Islamists?

May 18, 2015

An Alevi Tide Headed for Turkey's Parliament

May 6, 2015

Iran Won't Give Up on Its Revolution

April 26, 2015

Regional Dimensions of the Syria Train-and-Equip Program

April 10, 2015

Those Crazy Christians

April 9, 2015

The Fragile Thaw in U.S.-Turkish Relations

April 7, 2015

Turkey and the KRG: An Undeclared Economic Commonwealth

March 16, 2015

Turkey and Egypt's Great Game in the Middle East

March 8, 2015

Turkey's Kurdish Path

March 4, 2015

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Selected Outside Publications

"Türklüge Geçis: Modern Türkiye'de Göç ve Din" Haldun Gülalp (der.) Vatandaslik ve Etnik Çatisma ["Transition to Turkishness: Migration and Religion in Modern Turkey" in Haldun Gulalp (ed.) Citizenship and Ethnic Conflict] (Istanbul: Metis, 2007).

"Passage to Turkishness: Immigration and Religion in Modern Turkey," Haldun Gulalp, ed., Nationalism and Citizenship (London: Routledge, 2006).

Islam, Secularism and Nationalism in Modern Turkey: Who Is a Turk? (London: Routledge, 2006). Read a review or see the Turkish edition.

"Where Goes the U.S.-Turkish Relationship?" Middle East Quarterly XI, no 4 (fall 2004).

"Race, Assimilation and Kemalism: Turkish Nationalism and the Minorities in the 1930s," Middle Eastern Studies 40, no. 3 (May 2004)

"Citizenship and Nationalism in Interwar Turkey," Nations and Nationalism 9, no. 4 (October 2003)

"Kim Türk, Kim Vatandas? Erken Cumhuriyet Dönemi Vatandaslik Rejimi üzerine bir Çalisma," ("Who Is Turkish, Who Is a Citizen? A Study on the Citizenship Regime of Early Turkish Republic") Toplum Bilim (Istanbul), no. 98 (Fall 2003)

"The November 2002 Elections and Turkey's New Political Era," Middle East Review of International Affairs 6, no. 4 (December 2002)

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