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 a senior policy fellow with the Middle East and North Africa programme at the European Council on Foreign Relation. Her topics of focus with the MENA programme 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 Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Forbes, Politico, 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.
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks to Asli Aydintasbas, ECFR visiting fellow and expert on Turkish foreign policy, and Kadri Liik, ECFR senior policy fellow and expert on Russian foreign policy, about the downing of a Russian fighter jet by a Turkish F-16 and its implications on Turkish-Russian relations.
Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide by Thomas de Waal
Russia and the Arabs by Yevgeny Primakov
Proxy war worsens between Russia and Turkey by Asli Aydintasbas
Nato should not risk a wrong turn over Turkey – and Ukraine by François Godement
Picture: Flickr/Mikhail Serbin
Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 25 November 2015
The downing of a Russian jet is a blow to Turkish hopes of a "safe zone" in Syria
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 Asli Aydintasbas, Jeremy Shapiro and Julien Barnes-Dacy about what effect the incident might have on relations between Saudi Arabia, the US and Turkey. The podcast was recorded on the 16 October 2018.
The Jungle Grows Back by Robert Kagan
The River of Doubt by Candice Millard
Lords of the Desert by James Barr
Khashoggi disappearance: Time for an independent investigation by Julien Barnes-Dacey
Mark Leonard examines the looming Syrian-Russian military action in Idlib in discussion with ECFR experts Asli Aydıntaşbaş, Julien Barnes-Dacey, and Almut Möller. What do Turks and Europeans make of the possible humanitarian and geopolitical consequences?
The tiger who came to tea by Judith Kerr
Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East by David D. Kirkpatrick
The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump by Michiko Kakutani
Francis Fukuyama Postpones the End of History by Louis Menand
The podcast was recorded on 12 September.
Mark Leonard speaks with Oksana Antonenko, Director for Global Political risk Analysis at Control Risks, and ECFR Turkey experts Asli Aydintasbas and Almut Moeller about the current crisis in Turkey. The podcast was recorded on 31 August 2018.
To Go Forward, Turkey Must Look Back by Daron Acemoglu
The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution by Yuri Slezkine
Podcast "Stimmenfang" - Sachsen, wir müssen reden!
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.