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Soner Cagaptay

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Beyer Family Fellow
Director, Turkish Research Program

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Soner Cagaptay is the Beyer Family Fellow and director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute.

Areas of Expertise

Turkey

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Current Research

U.S.-Turkish ties; the rise and political trajectory of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan; Ankara’s Middle East policy; Turkish domestic politics; refugee and migration issues; Turkish relations with Europe, Russia, Syria, and Iran.

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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, Foreign Affairs, and The Atlantic. 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, BBC, and CNN-Turk. His forthcoming book, Erdogan's Empire: Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East, will be published in October 2019 by I.B. Tauris.

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.

After training in India, Dr. Cagaptay is certified as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 200 in 2018.

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Languages Spoken / Read

  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish
  • Turkish

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Publications

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Most Recent Analysis

Will Turkey and China Become Friends?

August 14, 2019

Turkey’s Rising Wave of Social Protests

August 12, 2019

U.S. Safe Zone Deal Can Help Turkey Come to Terms with the PKK and YPG

August 7, 2019

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August 5, 2019

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July 22, 2019

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July 18, 2019

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July 9, 2019

An Underdog Challenges Erdogan

July 9, 2019

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June 26, 2019

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June 16, 2019

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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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