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January 16, 2018

Egypt
BP01162018 Is War About to Break Out in the Horn of Africa? Will the West Even Notice?

Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia are close to armed conflict over a Nile dam project; so far the United States is ignoring them.

December 22, 2017

Refugees and Displaced Persons
Rohingya refugees wait for aid near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Another Year of Record Displacement

The past year saw the ongoing historic displacement of millions from conflict and persecution, and a weak response from the world’s richest nations to address the problems.

November 27, 2017

Turkey
Trump Erdogan Why Turkey Feels Burned by Trump

The Turks thought the president would be their friend. Instead, ties with Washington have only gotten worse. 

November 13, 2017

Turkey
Turkey media Turkey: Friend or Frenemy? A Tangled Relationship Keeps Getting Worse

After last year’s failed coup and Erdogan’s brutal crackdown, our relationship with Turkey has gone south fast.

July 22, 2016

Turkey
WR07222016 Weekend Reading: Turks on Turkey’s Failed Coup

Reading selections for the weekend of July 22, 2016.

October 23, 2017

Iraq
Kirkuk Iraq, the Kurds and Me: What Went Wrong in Kirkuk?

I didn’t expect Iraq to use military force against the Kurds. And I believed, or hoped, the U.S. would step in.

October 2, 2017

Syria
Idlib Turkey’s Incursion Into Syria: Making Things Better or Worse?

Syria’s conflict just got more tangled, but there’s some hope in the deal struck by Russia, Turkey and Iran.

September 11, 2017

Iraq
Kurd referendum Is the World Ready for “Kurdexit”? Referendum Among Iraqi Kurds Has Middle East on Edge

Iraq continues to bedevil American foreign policy, and the world. Now the Kurds will vote on their own state.

June 11, 2011

Elections and Voting
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s election campaign banner in Istanbul. The World Next Week: Turks Vote and Belgians Wait

A campaign banner for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul. (Murad Sezer/courtesy Reuters) The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the upcoming parliamenta…

March 29, 2016

Turkey
BP03292016 "How Happy Is the One Who Says, I Am a Turk!"

The war between the military and Kurdish insurgents is really a conflict over what it means to be a citizen of Turkey. That’s why there’s no end in sight to the bloodshed.