Nonresident Senior Fellow Howard Eissenstat Talks with the Globe Post about Turkey Detentions

POMED Nonresident Senior Fellow Howard Eissenstat spoke with Abdullah Ayasun of the Globe Post about the American pastor in Turkey accused of plotting to overthrow the government:

“The charges are themselves are absurd,” Howard Eissenstat, associate professor of history and a Turkish affairs expert at St. Lawrence University, told The Globe Post.

“Targeting foreigners has become part of Turkey’s strategy for pressuring Western powers. Although the Trump administration has prioritized the Brunson case, there are many Americans detained.”

According to Western officials and observers, Turkey now uses foreign citizens and journalists as hostages and bargaining chips in diplomatic dealings with the Western world.

“Earlier this year President Erdogan himself said: If we don’t get people we want, you don’t get the people you request,” Mr. Eissenstat, who is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), said.

“The Zarrab case is one of the several possible reasons for targeting Brunson with these absurd charges.”

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