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Is Turkey Really at the Table?

Author: Steven A. Cook
Politico Magazine

When it comes to fighting the Islamic State and extremism more generally, Turkey has become a significant part of the problem, rather than part of the solution, writes CFR's Steven A. Cook.

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Rejecting Syrian Refugees Goes Against American Ideals

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
FOX News

Thursday, the House voted 289 to 137 to press “pause” on bringing more Syrian refugees to the United States without first imposing even more stringent screening measures on the new arrivals fleeing the savagery, starvation and indiscriminate bombings of their nation’s civil war.

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Autocracy Generates Fear About Secret Powers

Author: Steven A. Cook
New York Times

The Turkish authorities have blamed the self-declared Islamic State for the attack on a peace rally in Ankara that took the lives of more than 100 people, though others in Turkey are not so sure. Critics of the dominant Justice and Development Party (A.K.P.), and some victims say the violence is more likely the work of either the government itself or the so-called deep state, designed to destabilize Turkey in a way that undermines Kurdish political goals and the A.K.P.’s efforts to transform Turkish politics.

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