Merve Tahiroglu is a research analyst at FDD focusing on Turkey. Merve supports the work of FDD scholars with Turkish language research and analysis on Turkey-related matters. Her research focuses on Turkey’s foreign policy, domestic politics, and Ankara’s ties to Tehran. Her personal areas of interest include Turkey’s Syria policy and Islamic extremism in Turkey.

Merve has published and/or co-authored pieces in various outlets such as Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, The Wall Street JournalPoliticoThe Huffington Post, and Foreign Policy, in addition to FDD-linked publications such as FDD’s Long War Journal and Military Edge. Born and raised in Istanbul, Merve earned her MA in History from Georgetown University and her BA in Political Science from Duke University. 

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