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With Help from CNN, Cagaptay Book Zooms Up Bestseller List


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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Beyer Family Fellow Soner Cagaptay’s book, Erdogan’s Empire: Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East, was named by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria as the “best book on Turkey” and was an Amazon bestseller in the Middle East category this month. Dr. Cagaptay is the director of the Institute’s Turkish Research Program.

“This is the third in a series of books by Soner that documents the evolution of the Turkish president’s leadership. It is an absolutely fascinating work,” said Executive Director Robert Satloff. “We are proud that so many in the policymaking community turn to Soner to help explain Turkish affairs and its leader.”

Since the book launch in September, Dr. Cagaptay has spoken at multiple high-profile events around the United States and the world. In January, he discussed Turkish foreign policy and Turkey-European Union relations with members of the European Parliament Geoffrey Van Orden CBE, Turkish Permanent Representative to NATO Bazat Ozturk at the European Parliament in Brussels.

Previously, Dr. Cagaptay interviewed with Laura Trevelyan on BBC World to discuss the current developments in Syria during Turkey's offensive mission on the ground in relation to his book. The same month, Dr. Cagaptay presented at The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University in October and at the American University in Cairo Middle East Studies Center in September. He also spoke at the U.S. Department of State’s Ralph Bunche Library on Erdogan’s neo-Ottoman foreign policy.

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