Asli Aydıntaşbaş is a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and a Global Opinions columnist for the Washington Post. She covers Turkish foreign policy, domestic politics, and the regional order in an age of turmoil in the Middle East. Aydintasbas joined ECFR after a lengthy career in journalism; which included her tenure recently as a columnist at Cumhuriyet (2016-2018) and Milliyet (2008-2015). She has been a regular commentator on Turkey and regional issues for leading international publications. In her own columns, Aydintasbas examines Turkey’s relations with the West, its global positioning, as well as Turkey’s domestic evolution and democratization challenges.
She has written on these issues for publications such as the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Forbes, Politico.com, and Newsweek. Aydıntaşbaş hosted the daily television show, Karşı Gündem on CNN Türk from 2013 to 2015. Aydintasbas served as a Washington correspondent and later the Ankara bureau chief for Sabah, one of Turkey’s leading newspapers, during 2001-2007. She covered the Clinton Administration, the United Nations, the Bush Administration, and the Iraq War in 1997-2004 as a Washington and New York correspondent for NTV and Radikal. Aydıntaşbaş is a graduate of Bates College, where she was the recipient of Maung Maung Gyi Award for Excellence in International Relations and holds a MA in Journalism and Middle East Studies from New York University. She lives in Istanbul.