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Expertise: Turkey, Middle East

Alan Makovsky is a senior fellow for National Security and International Policy at American Progress. From 2001 to 2013, he served as a senior professional staff member on the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he covered the Middle East, Turkey, and other related issues.

At the Washington Institute for Near East Policy—a private think tank where he worked from 1994 to 2001—Makovsky wrote widely on various Middle Eastern and Turkish topics. He also founded and directed the Washington Institute’s Turkey Research Program.

At the State Department where he worked from 1983 to 1994—Makovsky variously covered southern European affairs and Middle Eastern affairs for the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. He also served as the political advisor to Operation Provide Comfort in 1992 and as the special advisor to the special Middle East coordinator from 1993 to 1994.

By Alan Makovsky
U.S.-Turkey Ties: Better Atmosphere, But Harsher Reality Awaitsthe Turkey AnalystJuly 2, 2021
Northern Syria Security Dynamics and the Refugee CrisisCenter for American ProgressMay 26, 2021
The Turkish Diaspora in EuropeCenter for American ProgressDecember 10, 2020
Problematic Prospects for US‑Turkish Ties in the Biden EraGerman Institute for International and Security AffairsDecember 6, 2020
Turkey issued new rules for social media. That may mean that media censorship wasn’t working.The Washington PostJuly 30, 2020
Turkey’s Changing Media LandscapeCenter for American ProgressJune 10, 2020
Turkey’s Refugee DilemmaCenter for American ProgressMarch 13, 2019
Turkey: Post-Election Human Rights and Strategies for AccountabilityTom Lantos Human Rights CommissionSeptember 26, 2018
What Turkey’s Political Changes Mean for U.S.-Turkish RelationsCenter for American ProgressJuly 31, 2018
Erdoğan Not Assured of First-Round VictoryCenter for American ProgressJune 14, 2018
Is Turkey Experiencing a New Nationalism?Center for American ProgressFebruary 11, 2018
Turkey’s ParliamentCenter for American ProgressDecember 19, 2017
Erdoğan’s Proposal for an Empowered PresidencyCenter for American ProgressMarch 22, 2017
Turkey After the July Coup AttemptCenter for American ProgressSeptember 27, 2016
Re-Educating TurkeyCenter for American ProgressDecember 14, 2015
Turkey’s Growing Energy Ties with MoscowCenter for American ProgressMay 6, 2015