Defenders of Human Rights Are Making a Comeback
With larger powers in retreat, small countries and civil society groups have stepped up—and they have won some significant victories.
Don’t Blame Everything on Erdogan
The Turkish government doesn’t have a soft spot for the Islamic State, and Ankara stands to lose more than anyone if the terrorist group makes a comeback.
The United States Can’t Rely on Turkey to Defeat ISIS
Erdogan wants to confront the Kurds, not the Islamic State. Outsourcing the battle to Ankara will endanger America.
Trump’s ‘Stunning’ About-Face on Syria
Bowing to Turkey, the U.S. president moves to withdraw all troops.
Abiy Ahmed Is Not a Populist
The Ethiopian prime minister’s opponents fear that he’s an African Erdogan. His rhetoric and policies suggest he’s more of a liberal democrat.
‘To Be a Journalist in Turkey Means You’re Ready to Sacrifice Everything’
On the podcast: the price one Turkish newspaper editor is paying for angering President Erdogan.
Erdogan May Have Freed Pastor Brunson, But Turkey’s Economy Is Still Trapped
Even if Trump lifts sanctions now, the lira won’t recover for a long time.
The U.S.-Turkey Relationship Is Worse Off Than You Think
The alliance between Washington and Ankara needs to be saved—and easy fixes won't cut it.
Wrong Place, Wrong Time
On the podcast: An American who was in Turkey during the coup attempt is accused of being one of the plotters.
The Myth of Erdogan’s Power
Far from a sultan, the Turkish president is hemmed in by the nationalists who back him—and they don’t want him to get too close to Russia.
Turkey’s Losing Economic War
Ankara blames Washington for its financial troubles, but it is fighting the wrong enemy.
Five Questions About the Crisis Between Washington and Ankara
How a dispute over a jailed American pastor roiled Turkey’s economy.
Turkey’s Opposition Lost to Erdogan, Then It Lost Its Mind
Since the June election, the country’s various opposition parties have collapsed into chaos, leaving the president without a credible challenger.
U.S. Hits Turkey With Sanctions Over Jailed Pastor
The measure will further sour ties between two NATO allies.
Africa’s Attack on Internet Freedom
While Washington turns a blind eye, autocrats across the continent are muzzling their citizens online.
Strongmen Die, but Authoritarianism Is Forever
It’s reassuring to think authoritarian governments depart with their leaders. It’s also wrong.
Get Ready for a More Aggressive Turkey
Erdogan’s new partner in parliament — the ultranationalist MHP — will make Ankara a more belligerent and intransigent ally.
Captain Erdogan Can’t Help the Turkish Soccer Team
With so much political, social, and financial capital invested in its national squad, why can’t Turkey qualify for a World Cup?
Erdogan Has Mastered Democracy
For all the deserved criticisms of Turkey's president, the man knows how to win an election.