Areas of ExpertiseTurkey
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.
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 latest book, Erdogan's Empire: Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East, was published in September 2019 by I.B. Tauris. His books have been translated into Turkish, Italian, Greek, and Croatian.
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.
Languages Spoken / Read
June 10, 2019
April 24, 2017
January 2, 2014
January 1, 2006
Most Recent Analysis
December 4, 2020
October 28, 2020
September 23, 2020
July 10, 2020
June 4, 2020
April 22, 2020
April 17, 2020
March 6, 2020
March 4, 2020
February 12, 2020
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)