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A military training course in Armenia.

Russia Is Worried About Challenges in the Caucasus

The Nagorno-Karabakh war’s aftermath is still impacting Moscow’s plans.

Erdogan and Putin sit side by side in front of their respective country flags.

Turkey Could Lose Big in the Russia-Ukraine Standoff

Conflict could topple Ankara’s delicate balancing act between NATO and Russia.

Police officers walk past a mural depicting former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic in Belgrade on Nov. 9, 2021.

Why Serbia’s President Is a Threat to Europe

Aleksandar Vucic’s authoritarian government is aiding Russian and Chinese propaganda and allowing genocide denialists to celebrate war criminals.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives to give a press conference.

Turkey’s Tough 2021

A dismal economy, climate disasters, and political headaches are likely to persist in 2022 as well.

Sen. Bob Dole, Sen. Joseph Lieberman; Sven Alkalaj, Bosnian ambassador to the United States, and Sen. John Warner all put their hands together in the center in a gesture demonstrating team success.

How Bob Dole Saved Bosnia on Capitol Hill

Dole’s Bosnia advocacy throughout the 1992-1995 war made him the most consequential Bosnia hawk in Congress.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan gets the help of a bodyguard as he takes off his overcoat during his visit at the 'La Alhambra' in Granada, Spain,  13 January 2008 .

Erdogan Has Never Been in This Much Trouble

Surrounded by rivals amid a collapsing economy, the Turkish president is facing the longest odds of his life.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Milorad Dodik, the Serb member of Bosnia's tripartite presidency, in Belgrade on Jan. 17, 2019.

What Russia Really Wants in the Balkans

The Kremlin is destabilizing Bosnia and Herzegovina in pursuit of broader strategic goals.

A Black U.S. soldier sits atop a Bradley fighting vehicle topped by an American flag in a wintry landscape.

How Biden Can Save the Peace in Bosnia

Bosnia is on the brink of crisis. U.S. and NATO troops could prevent it.

Then-Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov gestures as he arrives for the special European Council summit in Brussels on Feb. 21, 2020.

When Voters Chase Novelty

New parties are emerging faster than ever before, and as Bulgaria shows, this can threaten the stability of democracy.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech.

Turkey’s Opposition Can End the Country’s Economic Crisis

A broad, ideologically diverse coalition has the plans and people to turn things around.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias watches as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks after signing the renewal of a defense cooperation agreement at the State Department in Washington on Oct. 14.

Erdogan’s Belligerence Has U.S., Greece Expanding Ties

Growing military cooperation offers Washington a hedge against Ankara and Moscow.

Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar looks on as he arrives for a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, on June 26, 2019.

Erdogan’s Heir Apparent Isn’t a Problem

Turkey’s minister of defense is a staunch nationalist—but that doesn’t mean he’s anti-Western.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives to address the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly on September 21, 2021 in New York.

Erdogan Might Be Too Sick to Keep Leading Turkey

Evidence is growing that Turkey’s president is ailing—and that could be bad news for the country’s politics.

Zeynab Serekaniye’s grave

Turkey Capitalizes on Afghanistan Distraction to Attack Kurdish Forces in Syria

Turkish airstrikes in Syria have escalated over the last month as the world concentrates on a different crisis.

Afghan migrants wait for transport.

Turkey’s Refugee Problem Is Reaching a Breaking Point

Turkey’s population is exhausted, and the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan will only make anti-refugee sentiment more central to the country’s politics.

The aftermath of a fire in Antalya, Turkey

Erdogan’s AKP: We Didn’t Start the Fire

Why Turkey’s ruling party views environmentalism as a threat.

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