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April 2, 2019

Turkey
Turkey: The Perils and Promise of Prediction

A few days before Turkey’s local elections, I wrote an article for Foreign Policy.com titled “Erdogan is Weak. And Invincible.” Well, at least the first part was accurate.  The ruling Justice and Dev…

Supporters of Republican People's Party (CHP) celebrate on a main square in Ankara, Turkey, April 1, 2019

March 13, 2018

Authoritarianism
Strongmen Are Weaker Than They Look

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

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

February 8, 2018

Turkey
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.

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January 24, 2018

Turkey
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.

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July 10, 2017

Turkey
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…

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July 14, 2017

Turkey
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.

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April 17, 2017

Turkey
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.

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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
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.

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July 21, 2016

Turkey
How Erdogan Made Turkey Authoritarian Again

It wasn't so long ago that the Turkish leader was seen as a model democrat in the Islamic world. What happened?

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