Position: Associate Fellow
Aaron Stein is an Associate Fellow at RUSI. He is also the nonproliferation program manager at the Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies in Istanbul, where he works on security and proliferation issues in the Middle East.
He is currently a PhD Candidate at King's College London researching Iranian and Turkish nuclear decision-making. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of San Francisco and an M.A. in International Policy Studies with a specialisation in Nuclear Nonproliferation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
He has written extensively on Turkish politics and regional proliferation, publishing in scholarly journals and print media, including Foreign Policy, The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, the National Interest, and World Politics Review.
RUSI articles and analysis by this author
Turkey’s Political Future
9 Jun 2015
The inability of the AKP to win an outright majority is a personal failure for President Recep Erdogan. Yet, Turkey’s future rests in large part on the Turkish president’s next move. \r\n\r\n
Turkey’s Response to ISIS and the Crisis in Iraq
16 Jul 2014
Turkey may now regret its earlier decision to allow and support un-vetted foreign fighters into Syria through their borders. Yet, even though ISIS fighters kidnapped Turkish diplomats in Mosul, Ankara is sticking to its policy of demanding change in Syria and Iraq.
Ankara Embraces Regime Change: Zero Problems and the Syrian Crisis
10 Sep 2013
Turkey's recent foreign policy goal of being at peace with her neighbours is now in tatters as it lobbies for full-scale military intervention in Syria. Unlike the United States, Turkey's strategy now involves regime change, not just punitive military strikes.
Explaining Ergenekon: Civil Military Relations in Turkey's Post-Coup Era
7 Aug 2013
For many in Turkey, the case against leading officers represents an end to the military's meddling in civilian politics. But the AKP government has failed to pursue with the same vigour, more prosaic changes to Turkish law that would help instil more civilian oversight over the Turkish armed forces.
Explaining Erdogan: The Prime Minister Engages his Base
5 Jun 2013
The unrest in Turkey demonstrates how Erdogan's rhetoric has polarised Turkish society, despite his political and economic achievements. The events could signal political trouble for the powerful Prime Minister.
Suicide Blast in Ankara: Turkey's Terrorism Dilemma
6 Feb 2013
A suicide blast outside the US Embassy in Ankara on 1 February will lead to further pressure on the Turkish government to crackdown hard on all terrorist groups, including the PKK whom the government is trying to negotiate with.
Ankara Responds to the Chaos in Syria
23 Jan 2013
The Syrian Civil War has exposed Turkey to the growing threat of Kurdish and Islamist empowerment. Ankara's options are limited by its domestic politics and military means. Turkey's response to the crisis will be critical for pursuing its regional ambitions.
Turkey Defers to Egypt
23 Nov 2012
Turkey’s grander regional ambitions have been thwarted by its alienation of important regional players. Now a more inward looking Turkey has adopted a supporting role as Erdogan positions himself for a run at the Turkish presidency.