The weekend’s coup attempt in Turkey failed because the plotters underestimated how much their country has changed since the last military intervention, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook. That Turks can no longer tolerate military rule and that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan remains popular meant that the likelihood for the putsch’s success were slim.
U.S. diplomats and policymakers need to think creatively about how best to harness the United States’ inherent advantages in South and Central Asia and thereby offset China’s overwhelming financial investments and diplomatic initiatives.
Modern vice presidents can trace much of their political influence to the broad reforms that Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale made to the second-highest elected office in the late 1970s, explains this Backgrounder.
Security in Turkey has deteriorated in recent years as the country’s leadership seeks to influence conflicts around its borders, argues CFR’s Steven A. Cook. Turkish policies toward Syria, the Kurds, Iraq, and the fight against the self-declared Islamic State has contributed to the rise of terrorism in Turkey, including the attack on the Istanbul airport.
The relationship between India and the United States has evolved from one of cool distance to strategic proximity in a generation. This is lightning fast for geopolitics, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.
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