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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
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.
Languages Spoken / Read
March 4, 2015
September 7, 2014
May 12, 2014
January 2, 2014
January 3, 2014
October 28, 2013
Most Recent Analysis
Implications of the June 2015 Parliamentary Elections
August 18, 2015
August 14, 2015
August 3, 2015
Turkey's Regulatory Bodies in a New Era
July 7, 2015
July 2, 2015
June 27, 2015
June 25, 2015
June 24, 2015
June 22, 2015
June 22, 2015
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)