Languages: English, Turkish, conversational French
Areas of Expertise: Turkey and Turkish politics, the Kurdish issue (in Turkey and Iraq), democracy, media freedoms
Asli Aydıntaşbaş is Senior Policy Fellow at ECFR, where she primarily works on Turkish foreign policy and external ramifications of its domestic politics.
She has joined ECFR after a lengthy career in journalism, which last included being a columnist at Milliyet (2009-2015) and a commentator on regional issues in international publications and networks. In particular, Ms. Aydintasbas has used her columns to delve into issues in Turkish foreign policy vis a vis the Middle East but also to probe issues around freedoms and democratization in Turkey. She has written on these issues for publications including the International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Politico.com and Newsweek.
Ms. Aydıntaşbaş has hosted a popular daily show, Karşı Gündem on CnnTurk during 2013-2014. Prior to joining Milliyet, she has served as a Washington correspondent and later the Ankara bureau chief for Sabah, one of Turkey’s leading newspapers. She covered the Clinton Administration, the United Nations, the Bush Administration, and the Iraq War in 1997-2004 as a Washington and New York correspondent for NTV and Radikal.
Ms. Aydıntaşbaş is a graduate of Bates College, where she was the recipient of Maung Maung Gyi Award for Excellence in International Relations and holds a MA in Journalism and Middle East Studies from New York University.
She is based in Istanbul but travels regularly in the Middle East and Europe.
Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 19 April 2017
The thin margin of victory presents numerous problems for Erdogan and suggests that all is not yet lost for Turkish democracy.
Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 07 April 2017
A “Yes” vote could pave the way for a one-man regime and accelerate Turkey’s drift from Europe.
by Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 24th November, 2016
Despite the vote in the European Parliament to “freeze” Turkey’s EU accession talks, there is still a chance to save the troubled EU-Turkey relationship.
by Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 23rd June, 2016
The growing friendship between Russia and Turkey in recent years was a problem for Europe. But their recent bust-up is an even bigger one.
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with ECFR's senior fellows, Asli Aydintasbas and Almut Moeller on the German-Turkish diplomatic spat, the forthcoming polls and the bigger picture of EU-Turkey relations.
The podcast was recorded on 9 March 2017.
Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End
Jan Morris, Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere
Ivan Krastev, After Europe
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard discusses with Vessela Tcherneva, Head of ECFR Sofia office, and Aslı Aydıntaşbaş & Kadri Liik, ECFR Senior Policy Fellows, how US President Trump could subvert the European security order along 3 dimensions: NATO, Russia and Turkey.
The podcast was recorded on 25 January 2017.
Philip Roth, The Plot against America
Dan Harris, 10% Happier
Jürgen Osterhammel, The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century
Mark Leonard speaks with Jeremy Shapiro, Asli Aydintasbas and Josef Janning about reactions to Trump’s electoral triumph from the UK, Germany and Turkey. The podcast was recorded on 9th November 2016.
In Europe: Travels Through the Twentieth Century by Geert Mak
The global crisis and the failure of the West by Carlo Masala
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
Fear and loathing on the road to the US elections by Susi Dennison, Dina Pardijs and Jeremy Shapiro
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with policy fellow Asli Aydintasbas and research director Jeremy Shapiro about the deployment of Turkish tanks into Syria and the rivalry with Kurdish troops in the fight against ISIS in that region. The podcast was recorded on the 25 August 2016.
Desert Queen: The extraordinary life of Gertrude Bell by Janet Wallach
Decisive moments in history by Stefan Zweig
ECFR’s Director Mark Leonard speaks with Policy Fellow Asli Aydintasbas and Research Director Jeremy Shapiro about the failed coup against Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and its consequences for the West. The podcast was recorded on the 18 July 2016.
Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
The Dream of Scipio by Iain Pears
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with ECFR Visiting Fellow Asli Aydintasbas, ECFR Senior Policy Fellow Mattia Toaldo, and ECFR Board Member and German politician Norbert Röttgen, about the EU-Turkey ‘one-in one-out’ deal over the Syrian refugee crisis.
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Conférence du lundi 22 février portant sur les relations entre l'Union européenne et la Turquie. Avec Asli Aydintasbas, Visiting Fellow à l'ECFR et Nicu Popescu, Analyste Senior à l'Institut d'études de sécurité de l'Union européenne (EUISS).
ECFR's director Mark Leonard speaks with Emma Bonino, former Foreign Minister of Italy, Asli Aydintasbas, ECFR Visiting Fellow, and Vessela Tcherneva, ECFR's director of Programmes, about Turkey's role in the world and its relationship with the EU.