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May 24, 2018

Turkey
Turkey Could Use a Few More Reserves, and a Somewhat Less Creative Banking System Turkey Could Use a Few More Reserves, and a Somewhat Less Creative Banking System

Turkey’s currency initially rallied after the central bank raised interest rates yesterday. Perhaps a bit more orthodoxy is all it will take to restore a modicum of stability to Turkey’s markets. The…

March 26, 2018

Russia
PutinSalmanVisitMoscow Russia Is in the Middle East to Stay

Here is what the United States should do about it.

March 13, 2018

Authoritarianism
Cars pass by a poster of Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for the upcoming presidential election, in Cairo, Egypt, February 19, 2018. The writing on the poster reads: "Long live Egypt". REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany Strongmen Are Weaker Than They Look

Authoritarians are on the rise around the world, but history shows they’re mostly helpless.

July 22, 2016

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

Reading selections for the weekend of July 22, 2016.

February 28, 2018

Middle East and North Africa
TrumpSaudi Trump’s Middle East Strategy Is Totally Boring

There’s a very familiar method to the administration’s apparent regional madness.

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.

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. 

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.

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.