Dr. Ahmet S. Yayla, former chief of Turkish National Police Counterterrorism Division presents his research based on exclusive evidence, first-hand information and in-depth analysis. His report focuses on understanding the mindset of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and a look into the behind-the-scenes funding of not only Turkish but also American Muslim nonprofits in the United States. The essential analysis breaks down the strategic changes in Turkish foreign policy since 2011. It helps to explain Turkey’s deliberate drift away from the West and NATO and rapprochement with Muslim Brotherhood affiliates and other political Islamist movements.

Previously on a revelatory episode of TIJ Talks, Dr. Yayla explained the extent of Turkey’s support of extremist groups during Erdogan’s rule and revealed that he had to leave Turkey in objection to Erdogan’s continuous nurturing of ISIS and Al Qaeda. Dr. Yayla is currently working as fellow at the The Program on Extremism at George Washington University.

The Investigative Journal organized a conference in Washington DC on November 11th to launch the report and discuss its findings during the ongoing Turkish invasion of Syria.

Ahmet S. Yayla
Ahmet S. Yayla

AHMET S. YAYLA is the Director of the Center for Homeland Security at DeSales University and an Assistant Professor of Homeland Security. Former counterterrorism and operations chief in the Turkish police, Dr. Yayla is also a member of the faculty at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies Program in Master's in Applied Intelligence. Additionally, Dr. Yayla is a research fellow at the George Washington University Program on Extremism. Dr. Yayla is a 20-year veteran of the counterterrorism and operations department in the Turkish National Police and served as the chief of counterterrorism in Sanliurfa, Turkey between 2010 and 2013. He earned his Master's Degree and Ph.D. in the United States. Dr. Yayla has published both scholarly works and written or co-written numerous articles related to counterterrorism and homeland security. Yayla is the co-author of the recent book ISIS Defectors: Inside Stories of the Terrorist Caliphate.

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