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The American Alliance With Turkey Was Built On a Myth

It's time to realize that Washington and Ankara share neither values nor interests, and that their partnership cannot return to its Cold War heyday.

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Edgar on Strategy (IV): A conversation with a Turkish strategic corporal

A brief cross-cultural exchange shows why political philosophy matters and why our strategic alliances require a nuanced approach.

Iraqi Kurds wave the Kurdish flag as they celebrate in the streets of the northern city of Arbil on September 25, 2017 following a referendum on independence.
Iraq's Kurds defied widespread opposition to vote in a historic independence referendum, sparking fresh tensions with Baghdad, threats from Turkey and fears of unrest. / AFP PHOTO / Safin HAMED        (Photo credit should read SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraqi Kurds Vote for Independence Over U.S. Objections

Erbil has plenty of backers in Washington. Just not for independence.

SANLIURFA, TURKEY -  OCTOBER 28: (TURKEY OUT)  Kurdish refugee children from the Syrian town of Kobani look on near makeshift tents in a camp in the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province October 28, 2014. Kurdish fighters, supported by US-led air strikes, have fended off the Islamic State militants offensive into the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani for the last 44 days but remain ill equipped and short on ammunition. (Photo by Kutluhan Cucel/Getty Images)

Millions Said To Be Missing in Pledged Donations to Syrian Refugee Education

Only a fraction of promised international aid has reached Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon, a rights group says.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks a meeting with businessmen in Buenos Aires, on September 12, 2017.
Netanyahu, who is accompanied by a 30-member delegation of Israeli business leaders on his two-day official visit to Argentina, said Israel was an "innovation nation" eager to share opportunities with Argentina in agriculture, water, IT, cyber security and health. / AFP PHOTO / Eitan ABRAMOVICH        (Photo credit should read EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images)

Netanyahu Finally Supports a Two-State Solution — In Iraq

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu redoubles Israeli support for Iraqi Kurds’ upcoming independence referendum.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to supporters at a rally at Tempodrom hall on February 4, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Turkey will soon face parliamentary elections and Erdogan is vying for the votes of expatriate Turks. Berlin has the highest Turkish population of any city outside of Turkey.

In Upcoming Elections, Will Germany’s Turks Obey Erdogan?

This month’s vote could double as a referendum on German Turkish relations.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting at the G-20 summit in Hamburg on July 8, 2017 / AFP PHOTO / Sputnik / Mikhail KLIMENTIEV        (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL KLIMENTIEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran, Turkey, and Russia Aren’t Natural Friends. It’s Up to the U.S. to Keep It That Way.

One of the more curious and troubling developments in the course of the Syrian civil war has been Turkey's rapprochement with Russia and cooperation with Iran.

A Syrian family break their fasting on June 16, 2017, in the centre of Diyarbakir, during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.  / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN        (Photo credit should read ILYAS AKENGIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Inside Turkey’s NGO Purge

The Turkish government is targeting aid workers with intimidation tactics, inane red tape, and senseless deportations.

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Ahead of EU Meeting, Turkey Begins Trial of 17 Journalists

Some hope EU officials may be able to put pressure on Ankara. They may be disappointed.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a ceremony marking the last year's failed coup, at the Bestepe People's Culture and Congress Centre in Ankara, on July 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN        (Photo credit should read ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

TOPSHOT - EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Turkish anti riot police officers escort Turkish soldiers who allegedly took part in a military coup as they are leaving the courthouse at Bakirkoy district in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. 
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan battled to regain control over Turkey on July 16, 2016 after a coup that claimed more than 250 lives, bid by discontented soldiers, as signs grew that the most serious challenge to his 13 years of dominant rule was faltering. / AFP / OZAN KOSE        (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey’s Post-Coup Purge and Erdogan’s Private Army

The Turkish president has brutally cleansed ranks and is building a new army with some strange bedfellows.

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On a Mission to Mars, Imprisoned in Turkey

The Kafkaesque trial of a U.S. NASA scientist — accused of being a coup-plotter — shows just how paranoid the Turkish judiciary has become.

TOPSHOT - Turkish-Cypriots attend a parade in the northern part of Nicosia, the capital of the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), on July 20, 2016 to mark the anniversary of of the Turkish invasion of northern Cyprus in 1974. 
The anniversary marks the exact moment when Turkish troops invaded in 1974 in response to an Athens-engineered military coup to unite Cyprus with Greece. / AFP / Iakovos Hatzistavrou        (Photo credit should read IAKOVOS HATZISTAVROU/AFP/Getty Images)

One Last Chance to Reunite Cyprus?

There’s political will. That doesn’t mean there’s a practical way.

TOPSHOT - US President-elect Donald Trump boards the elevator after escorting Martin Luther King III to the lobby after meetings at Trump Tower in New York City on January 16, 2017.  / AFP / DOMINICK REUTER        (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump Tower Peace Theory

Why Donald Trump's real estate holdings abroad are so dangerous for Americans at home.

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