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October 17, 2019

Syria
The High Price of Trump’s Great Betrayal

President Trump’s abandonment of the Kurds reinforced already existing doubts in the region and around the world that the United States remains a reliable ally.

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October 7, 2019

Syria
The Syrian Conflict Is About to Intensify

President Donald J. Trump’s announcement of a troop withdrawal in northern Syria ahead of a Turkish invasion could revive the Islamic State and the Syrian civil war, and signal the end of U.S. influe…

July 22, 2016

Turkey
Weekend Reading: Turks on Turkey’s Failed Coup

Reading selections for the weekend of July 22, 2016.

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September 3, 2019

Turkey
Erdogan Plays Washington Like a Fiddle

As U.S. policymakers worry about their special relationship with Ankara, Turkey’s president knows it's already dead.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during the new judicial year's opening ceremony in Ankara, Turkey, September 2, 2019

June 14, 2013

Iran
Weekend Reading: Parks and Turks, Red Lines, and Iran’s Elections

Timur Hammond and Elizabeth Angell discuss the transformation of Turkey’s public spaces into spheres of public and engaged discourse. The full text of Deputy National Security Advisor Benjamin Rhode…

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March 29, 2016

Turkey
"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.

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June 24, 2019

Turkey
Istanbul’s Election: What Does Erdogan’s Loss Mean for Turkey?

After his party suffered a humiliating loss in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is down but far from out.

Ekrem Imamoglu, mayoral candidate of Turkey's main opposition party, at a rally in Istanbul.

June 11, 2011

Elections and Voting
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…

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s election campaign banner in Istanbul.

May 7, 2019

Turkey
Turkey’s Stretched Public Banks…

Watch the banking system's acces to lira funding as Turks shift toward foreign currency deposits...

Turkey’s Stretched Public Banks…

May 22, 2019

Turkey
Turkish Democracy Can’t Die, Because It Never Lived

The country’s political system doesn't deserve the laments it’s recently received.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan leaves the voting booth at a polling station in Istanbul, Turkey June 24, 2018.