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June 16, 2005

Iran
Beeman: Rafsanjani Victory Probable, But Not Certain, in Iran’s ’Real Election’

William O. Beeman, professor of anthropology at Brown University and an expert on Iran’s culture and social patterns, says he was stunned on his recent trip to Tehran by the Western-style campaigning…

June 1, 2006

Turkey
Generating Momentum for a New Era in U.S.-Turkey Relations

Overview The emerging schism between the West and the Islamic world makes America’s relationship with Turkey—a Western-oriented, democratizing Muslim country—more important than ever. Unfortuna…

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November 20, 2006

Turkey
Cook: Pope’s Visit Finds Turkey Preoccupied with European, Kurdish, Cypriot Issues

Steven A. Cook, CFR’s leading expert on Turkey, says the country is so preoccupied with issues of European Union membership, continuing problems over divided Cyprus, and the Kurdish issues that the p…

July 16, 2007

Elections and Voting
Cook: Border Crisis between Turkey, Iraq Worsens U.S.-Turkey Ties

A week away from crucial parliamentary elections in Turkey, relations between the United States and Turkey are severely strained. CFR Fellow Steven A. Cook says a recent major poll shows that “in Tur…

July 23, 2007

Elections and Voting
Cook: Turkish Elections Positive for Democracy, Relations with U.S.

Steven A. Cook, an expert on Turkey, says the sweeping victory of the Justice and Development Party in parliamentary elections has proven “beyond a shadow of a doubt that you can have democracy in a …

March 25, 2008

Global
Religion and the Open Society Symposium: Session Three: Religion, Innovation, and Economic Progress

Watch experts discuss the impact of religion on economic development.

March 1, 2010

Religion
The Weakening of Turkey’s Military

The government’s expanding investigation into an alleged Turkish military plot to seize power exposes the military’s declining influence as democracy gains in the country, writes CFR’s Steven Cook.

June 2, 2010

Pakistan
Raising the Curtain on U.S. Drone Strikes

Despite recent successes, unmanned drone strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan remain a controversial tactic. CFR’s Micah Zenko says the Obama administration must shed new details on the "worst kept co…