Vladimir Putin walks near a new Russian fighter jet Sukhoi T-50 on June 17, 2010. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

Vladimir Putin’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ Moment

Russia's highly-touted peace conference to end the war in Syria was an utter debacle.

The insignia of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) on a member's uniform in al-Karamah, Syria on May 10. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

The Kurdish Explosion Is Unleashing Demons

The United States needs to put a stop to this flashpoint before it’s too late.


Syria’s Kurds Are Not the PKK

Amid the war against the Islamic State, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is bombing our villages and soldiers on an entirely false pretense.

A member of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, monitors in the town of Tabqa, about 55 kilometres (35 miles) west of Raqa city, on April 30, 2017, as they advance in their battle for the Islamic State group's stronghold.
US-backed fighters have captured 80 percent of Syria's Tabqa from the Islamic State group, a monitor said on May 1, a week after they first entered the town. / AFP PHOTO / DELIL SOULEIMAN        (Photo credit should read DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Plan to Arm Kurds Lays Bare the Strategic Vacuum in Syria

The administration’s plan to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State could further inflame tensions between Washington, Ankara, and Tehran.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JUNE 28: Police blocks the entrance of the Ataturk International Airport after an explosion, in Istanbul, Turkey on June 28, 2016. Unspecified number of injured in explosion at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport. (Photo by Veli Gurgah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Deadly Suicide Bombings Rock Istanbul Airport, But Unclear Who to Blame

The death toll is rising in an attack on Turkey's international airport in Istanbul.

epa04628494 A picture made avaliable on 20 February 2015 of members of Turkey's ruling party Justice and Development Party (AKP) and members of opposition parties throwing punches at each other during a debate at the Turkish Parliament in Ankara, Turkey, late 19 February 2015. At least five members of the parliament were injured in the scuffles during the parliament session about an Internal Security resolution in last two days, according to local media reports.  EPA/STR

Watch: Turkey’s Parliament Erupts into Another Fistfight

Pro-Kurdish lawmakers are fighting to stay in Parliament.

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In Erdogan’s Turkey, Everyone Is a Terrorist

For the president, there's no difference between critics and suicide bombers.

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Erdogan’s War

Turkey’s government has plenty of scapegoats for the current violence. But it should start by looking in the mirror.

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When Peace Is Bad Politics

Not that long ago, Turkey's ruling party was willing to talk peace with the Kurds. But voters had other ideas.


Erdogan’s Big Night

The Turkish president's party defied the polls, guaranteeing its political dominance for years to come.


Erdogan’s Deadly Ambitions

The Turkish president has revived a civil war, purged opponents, and buried a corruption investigation, all in an effort to consolidate power. Will his drive to rule send the country over the edge?

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