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September 20, 2018

China
The Middle East Doesn’t Take China Seriously

This article first appeared here on ForeignPolicy.com on September 13, 2018. Almost two decades ago, I went to dinner at a restaurant called Peking in the Zamalek neighborhood of Cairo to celebrat…

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (L), Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and UAE's deputy commander-in-chief of the armed forces shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, December 14, 2015

September 7, 2018

Russia
Putin Is Sneaking Up on Europe From the South

This article was originally published here on ForeignPolicy.com on August 31, 2018. The first big battles between the U.S. military and the Wehrmacht during World War II were not actually in Europ…

Vladimir Putin at Navy Day with Defense Minister and Admiral

August 17, 2018

Turkey
We wanted Turkey to be a partner. It was never going to work.

This article was originally published here in The Washington Post on August 17, 2018. In July, a deal to release an American minister jailed in Turkey came apart because, a White House official to…

President Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan

August 13, 2018

Turkey
Trump Is the First President to Get Turkey Right

Last Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan published an op-ed in the New York Times outlining his country’s grievances toward the United States. The Turkish leader raised valid concerns abou…

U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan gesture as they talk at the start of the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium on July 11, 2018.

July 23, 2018

Syria
The Syrian War Is Over, and America Lost

This article first appeared here on ForeignPolicy.com July 23, 2018. Earlier this month, Syrian regime forces hoisted their flag above the southern town of Daraa and celebrated. Although there is …

Syrian soldier in front of poster of Bashar al Assad

July 23, 2018

Turkey
Strongmen Die, but Authoritarianism Is Forever

This article first appeared here on ForeignPolicy.com on July 5, 2018 A few summers ago, a Turkish military officer stopped me to chat after a lecture I gave at a conference in Washington. During …

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Voktor Orban

June 25, 2018

Turkey
Turkey’s Elections: Partially Free, Fair, and Fake

It should not be a surprise except to the most hopeful that Recep Tayyip Erdogan is once again president of Turkey and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) will enjoy an effective parliamentary ma…

A supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan holds his picture in front of a Turkish flag, in front of Turkey's ruling AK Party (AKP) headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey. June 24, 2018.

May 15, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Damage Done in Jerusalem

Washington has already enabled Israel’s permanent occupation, and with the relocation of the American embassy to Jerusalem willingly given up a crucial leverage issue with the Israeli government.

A Palestinian demonstrator with a slingshot looks on during a protest against U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border, east of Gaza City.

June 29, 2018

Middle East and North Africa
Turkish Presidential Elections with Henri Barkey and Steven Cook

Henri Barkey, senior fellow for Middle East studies at CFR and former member of the State Department Policy Planning Staff, and Steven Cook, the Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Af…

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