Soner Cagaptay

Soner Cagaptay

Formal First Name
1970 - present

Dr. Soner Cagaptay is the Beyer Family Fellow and Director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a leading research organization devoted exclusively to the study of the Middle East. Dr. Cagaptay is a political scientist, historian by training and expert on Turkey-United States relations, Turkish politics, and Turkish nationalism. He has written extensively on Turkish domestic politics, and his books have been translated into Turkish, Italian, Greek, Romanian, and Croatian. Previously, he has taught courses at Yale, Princeton University, Georgetown University, and Smith College on the Middle East, Mediterranean, and Eastern Europe. He has also served on contract as chair of the Turkey Advanced Area Studies Program at the State Department's Foreign Service Institute. Dr. Cagaptay is the recipient of numerous honors, grants, and chairs, among them the Smith-Richardson, Mellon, Rice, and Leyland fellowships, as well as the Ertegun chair at Princeton.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Dr. Cagaptay appears regularly on Fox News, CNN, NPR, BBC, and CNN-Turk.

  • He publishes in scholarly journals and major international prints, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Foreign Affairs, and The Atlantic.

  • He has been a regular columnist for Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey's oldest and most influential English-language paper, and a contributor to CNN's Global Public Square blog.


  • A Sultan in Autumn: Erdogan Faces Turkey's Uncontainable Forces (2021)

  • The New Sultan: Erdogan and the Crisis of Modern Turkey (2020)

  • Erdogan's Empire: Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East (2019)

  • The New Sultan: Erdogan and the Crisis of Modern Turkey (2017)

  • The Rise of Turkey (2014)

  • Islam, Secularism and Nationalism in Modern Turkey: Who is a Turk? (2006)