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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.

February 8, 2018

Turkey
Erdogan General Erdogan’s First War

Turkey’s Islamist president is the first civilian with control over his country’s military—and you can tell by the results.

January 24, 2018

Turkey
ErdoganTurkeyAfrin The Entirely Rational Basis for Turkey's Move Into Syria

Nearly a century of mistrust of America and an obsession with defeating the Kurds sparked its operation in Afrin.

July 18, 2016

Turkey
Turkey’s Prospects After the Coup Attempt

Major tests lie ahead for Turkey’s relations with the United States and European Union as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan can be expected to consolidate power following a coup attempt, says expert Kem…

July 10, 2017

Turkey
TurkeyMarchJustice The Massive Protest Putting Turkey's Erdogan on the Defensive

The March on Justice, organized by opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, puts Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a bind: He can try to stop it, risking violence, or he can let it go on and wat…

July 14, 2017

Turkey
TurkeyCoupAttempt First, They Came for the Gulenists

Erdogan isn’t the root of Turkey’s troubles. It’s a deep-seated cycle of repression and revenge—with no end in sight.

April 17, 2017

Turkey
BP04172017 RIP Turkey, 1921–2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn’t just win his constitutional referendum—he permanently closed a chapter of his country’s modern history.

May 19, 2016

Turkey
Humanitarian Summit Shines Spotlight on Turkey

Turkey was selected to host the World Humanitarian Summit in recognition of its generous foreign assistance and refugee policies, but it comes as the country pursues increasingly illiberal policies, …

January 10, 2012

Human Rights
Human Rights in Turkey: the Decline Continues

In the past year, Turkey has often been held up as a democratic model for Arab countries that have thrown off long-serving dictators. The problem is that with each passing month Turkey is a less demo…

September 26, 2016

Turkey
bp09262016 Turkey: Writing “Erdo” Stories

There is indeed too much focus on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the person, but there are good analytic reasons why the Turkish leader gets so much ink.