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Five Myths About Turkey

Author: Steven A. Cook
Washington Post

There remain many misconceptions about modern Turkey among Americans, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook. The country is not a democracy, its president is not a dictator, many state institutions are not secular, it does not have a Kurdish problem, and it is the product of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s modernist vision of Anatolian society.

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Out of Time in North Korea

Author: Richard N. Haass
Project Syndicate

The U.S. policy of strategic patience with North Korea is finished. But direct U.S. talks with Pyongyang, conditioned on a nuclear & missile testing freeze, intrusive inspections, & a ban on transfers to third parties, could be best U.S. option, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.

See more in North Korea; United States; Defense Strategy

We Need Answers to Questions About Russia and the White House That California Rep. Devin Nunes Won't Even Ask

Author: Max Boot
Los Angeles Times

“I think we all need answers…. I’m not sure the right avenue to take. I am sure, though, that that question needs to be answered.” Those are the words not of Sen. Charles E. Schumer, Tom Perez or any other partisan Democrat but of former President George W. Bush, speaking Monday, and the questions pertain to Russia’s role in trying to rig the 2016 presidential election.

See more in Russian Federation; Presidents and Chiefs of State; Intelligence

Europe or Anti-Europe?

Author: A. Michael Spence
Project Syndicate

Since the 2008 financial crisis, the conventional wisdom has been that a long, difficult recovery for eurozone economies will eventually lead to strong growth. But this narrative is losing credibility.

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The Deep State Comes to America

Author: Steven A. Cook
ForeignPolicy.com

The likelihood that a deep state exists in the United States seems far-fetched, argues CFR’s Steven A. Cook. However, as in Egypt and Turkey, Americans are turning to conspiratorial explanations to make sense of the often bewildering turn of events in a highly polarized and charged political environment.

See more in United States; Politics and Strategy

The Worst and the Dimmest

Author: Max Boot
ForeignPolicy.com

The U.S. under President Donald Trump does not actually seem to have a foreign policy. To be exact, it has several foreign policies — and it is not obvious whether anyone, including the president himself, speaks for the entire administration.

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The Drip Drip Drip of Kremlingate

Author: Max Boot
USA Today

It is perhaps too much to hope for, but it would be a pleasant surprise if Republicans treated Kremlingate as seriously as they treated the issue of Clinton’s email server or the Benghazi attack. There is a desperate need for a credible, bipartisan investigation to get to the bottom of this murky business, and the president should welcome such an inquiry if he has nothing to hide.

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