Experts & Staff

Asli Aydıntaşbaş

Senior Policy Fellow

Languages: English, Turkish, conversational French
Areas of Expertise: Turkey and Turkish politics; the Kurdish issue (in Turkey and Iraq); democracy; media freedom

Asli Aydıntaşbaş is a senior policy fellow with the Wider Europe programme at the European Council on Foreign Relation. Her topics of focus include Turkish foreign policy and external ramifications of its domestic politics.

She joined ECFR after a lengthy career in journalism; most recently she was a columnist at Milliyet (2009-2015) and previously a commentator on regional issues in international publications and networks. Aydintasbas' columns not only delve into issues in Turkish foreign policy vis a vis the Middle East, but also probe issues of freedom and democratization in Turkey. She has written on these issues for publications such as the International Herald TribuneThe Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, ForbesPolitico, and Newsweek.

Aydıntaşbaş hosted the popular daily television programme Karşı Gündem on CNN Türk from 2013 to 2014. Prior to joining Milliyet, she 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. 

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 throughout the Middle East and Europe. 

Latest from Asli Aydıntaşbaş

  • Washington Post

    15th January, 2019
    An op-ed on the turbulent US-Turkey relationsship in a new world order by Asli Aydintasbas and Jeremy Shapiro.

    Washington Post

    09th January, 2019

    In this op-ed for the Washington Post, Asli Aydintasbas analyses the disrupted US-Turkey relationship in the Syria conflict and advocates a more comprehensive approach to a peace settlement. 


    30th November, 2018

    Clarín quotes Asli Aydintasbas about how Erdogan is trying to undermine Mohammed bin Salman by linking him to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

    New York Times

    21st November, 2018

    Asli Aydintasbas quoted by the New York Times on the Erdogan's pressure on Saudi Arabia in contrast to Trump.

    Washington Post

    08th November, 2018

    Asli Aydintasbas quotes Jeremy Shapiro in the Washington Post regarding the US midterm elections and it's affect on the rest of the World.


    26th October, 2018

    Asli Aydintasbas quoted in Politico on the Turkish strategy for Saudi Arabia following the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

    Washington Post

    23rd October, 2018

    Asli Aydintasbas' latest Op-Ed for The Washington Post on the broader agenda behind Turkey's investigation into the death of Jamal Khashoggi

    Washington Post

    19th October, 2018

    Asli Aydintasbas in the Washington Post on Turkey's investigation into the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

    New York Times

    19th October, 2018

    The New York Time quotes Alsi Aydintasbas concerning the leaks in Turkey following the Jamal Khashoggi disappearance. 

    Financial Times

    19th October, 2018

    Asli Aydintasbas quoted by the Financial Times on Turkey and Saudi relations in the wake of Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance.