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 - 02 August 2018
The Turkish-US relationship is either experiencing its first serious fissure since 1975, or just another bump in the road. No one can be sure.
The four power audits show that Europeans, particularly when working together, retain the capacity to cooperate and compete effectively with all these powers. But they also show that, in each case, Europe is failing to do so.
by Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 23rd March, 2018
The survey reveals the varying motivations of the 28 EU member states for keeping Turkey close -- but not too close.
by Almut Möller with case studies by Aslı Aydıntaşbaş, Sebastian Dullien & Kadri Liik - 30th May, 2017
In the federal election year, Germans are ready to give new European solutions a strong boost and take more risks
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.
Mark Leonard speaks with ECFR experts Asli Aydintasbas, Kadri Liik, Julien Barnes-Dacey, and Manuel Lafont Rapnouil about how the international community might respond.
Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story by Henry Morgenthau
Joseph Conrad: A Biography by Jeffrey Meyers
Brother’s Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
La mondialisation des pauvres by Armelle Choplin and Olivier Pliez
Alone in the desert? How France can lead Europe in the Middle East by Manuel Lafont Rapnouil
Mark Leonard, Asli Aydintasbas, Kadri Liik and Jeremy Shapiro, discuss Turkey's offensive near the Syria-Turkey boarder, the future of US-Turkey relations and Russia's role in the region. The podcast was recorded on 23 January 2018.
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