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Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerges from the voting booth before casting his vote in the countries parliamentary and presidential election on June 24, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Turkish Democracy Can’t Die, Because It Never Lived

The country’s political system doesn't deserve the laments it’s recently received.

Supporters of Ekrem Imamoglu cheer as they protest the announcement from Turkey’s electoral body that Istanbul’s local elections will be rerun on June 23.

The Istanbul Rerun Isn’t About the Mayor. It’s About Turkey’s Future.

The controversial decision to hold a new mayoral election after Erdogan’s party narrowly lost has divided the ruling AKP and further imperiled Turkey’s democratic credentials.

Then-Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to Turkish expatriates at an event to mark the 10th anniversary of the Union of European Turkish Democrats in Cologne, Germany, on May 24, 2014.

Erdogan’s Long Arm in Europe

Turkey is seeking influence and votes throughout the EU and spreading ideas that imperil efforts to integrate the Turkish diaspora.

Turkish liras are seen in Istanbul on Nov. 21, 2017.

Erdogan Is Writing Checks the Turkish Economy Can’t Cash

The president’s stimulus programs may help him stay in power, but they will cost his country in the long run.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahceli talk on stage during a rally in advance of local elections in Ankara on March 23.

In Turkey, Erdogan Is Still Calling All the Shots

The president’s coalition partners aren’t pulling him to the right. They’re doing his bidding.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at The Kremlin in Moscow on April 8.

It’s Not Too Late to Stop Turkey From Realigning With Russia

Strains in U.S.-Turkish relations are leading Erdogan into Putin’s embrace. Smart diplomacy and defense assistance can bring America’s NATO ally back into the fold.

Supporters of the Republican People's Party  cheer and wave Turkish national flags in front of the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in Ankara, on April 8. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

Erdogan’s Worst Enemy Is His Only Ally

The real winner of Turkey’s local elections is the ultranationalist MHP party.

In Istanbul's Sariyer district, people wave flags as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during a campaign rally on March 29.
 (Arif Hudaverdi Yaman/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Our Best Weekend Reads

What’s at stake in Turkey’s local elections, and how the United States drives out Chinese talent.

A stairwell at Fatih University in Istanbul on March 7, 2013. (Photo by Monique Jaques/Corbis/Getty Images)

The Geography of Gulenism in Turkey

As trials against the Gulen movement wrap up, a look at how deep its influence really was.

Enes Kanter heads for the net as Cristiano Felicio of the Chicago Bulls defends at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 5, 2018 in New York City. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Why the New York Knicks Keep Dunking on Erdogan

The 7-foot center Enes Kanter has become a symbol of Turkey's never-ending purge—and a potential assassination target.

A participant holds a banner with photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in front of the presidential palace during a demonstration on Dec. 21, 2018.

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.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the funeral ceremony for Turkish soldier Musa Ozalkan on Jan. 23, 2018 at Ahmet Hamdi Akseki Mosque in Ankara.

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.

Members of a Turkey-backed Syrian militia near the Northern Syrian city of Manbij, on Dec. 30. (Anas Alkharboutli/Picture Alliance/ Getty Images)

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump is flanked by National Security Advisor John Bolton as he speaks about the FBI raid at his lawyer Michael Cohen's office in Washington, D.C., on April 9. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Trump’s ‘Stunning’ About-Face on Syria

Bowing to Turkey, the U.S. president moves to withdraw all troops.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on October 30, 2018 in Berlin.

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.

Cumhuriyet editor in chief Can Dundar speaks to media as he arrives at a courthouse for trial in Istanbul on April 1, 2016. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

‘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.

The Rev. Andrew Brunson, escorted by Turkish plainclothes police officers, arrives at his house in Izmir on July 25. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump reaches to shake Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's hand before a meeting at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 21, 2017 in New York City. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, Turkey, on July 9. (Stringer/Getty Images)

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.

A supporter of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves a flag against an electronic billboard during a rally in Ankara on July 18, 2016.(Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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.

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