In Turkey, a Battle Over Infrastructure Could Shape the Next Presidential Race
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s drive to build a new canal to bypass the Bosphorus faces a formidable opponent: Istanbul mayor and likely presidential contender Ekrem Imamoglu.
Erdogan’s Purges Have Replaced One Islamic Sect With Another
Turkey expelled alleged sympathizers of Fethullah Gulen from government jobs after the 2016 coup attempt. Other Islamic sects, and one in particular—the Menzil—are now filling the vacuum.
Who Exactly Is Turkey Resettling in Syria?
Ankara claims it’s helping displaced Syrians return home. Kurds and international observers accuse Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government of demographic engineering.
Don’t Blame Turkey for NATO’s Woes
Emmanuel Macron thinks the Atlantic alliance is brain-dead, but its problems have deeper roots than the recent U.S.-Turkish spat over Syria.
Erdogan’s Attacks on His Old Ally Could Backfire
The Turkish president is shutting down a university to punish former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu for leaving the AKP and starting a new party, but he risks alienating precisely the voters he claims to champion.
Trump Is Happy to Seem Weak Next to Erdogan
The benefits of their personal relationship are clear for the Turkish president. But the U.S. president has his reasons, too.
How Erdogan Played Trump (Again)
Turkey’s recalcitrant president won a White House platform to spout his views. The U.S. president got little in return.
Turkey’s Crackdown on Kurdish Mayors Could Backfire
The country’s offensive in northern Syria was preceded by the suppression of the Kurdish political movement at home.
Halkbank Indictment Turbocharges U.S.-Turkey Tensions
After a long, mysterious delay, the Trump administration finally targets the Turkish bank for helping Iran to evade U.S. sanctions. Don’t expect Ankara to cooperate.
Turkey’s War in Syria Was Not Inevitable
U.S. strategy in Syria has long been plagued by short-term thinking, while Russia, Turkey, and Iran played a long game. Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds is just the latest chapter in Washington’s bungled approach to the region.
Defying Pentagon, Trump Endorses Turkish Operation in Syria
The move caught senior defense officials by surprise.
Turkey Can’t Host Syrian Refugees Forever
Voters across the political spectrum have become hostile toward the millions of people who fled Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his opponents are now responding with tough talk on repatriation.
Turkey Is Helping, Not Deporting, Syrian Refugees
The Turkish government provides millions of Syrians with health care and education. A multilateral political solution is needed and demonizing Ankara won’t help.
Erdogan Plays Washington Like a Fiddle
As U.S. policymakers worry about their special relationship with Ankara, Turkey’s president knows it's already dead.
Turkey’s Deportation Policy Is Killing Syrian Refugees
Ankara once welcomed millions of Syrians as “guests.” Now, as anti-refugee sentiment rises, they are being sent back across the border, where they face danger and death.
Trump Can’t Stop Putin From Poaching U.S. Allies
The United States failed to stop Russia’s S-400 sale to Turkey despite having the tools to do so. Don’t be surprised if the Kremlin continues to use arms sales to extend its influence.
Turkey Is a Bad Place to Be an Influencer
Anxious about its failure to establish cultural hegemony, the Erdogan government is going after internet stars.
Who Lost Turkey?
The blame for Ankara’s antagonistic stance to Washington lies with both sides, a product of decades of misunderstandings.
Imamoglu Won the Vote, but Can He Save Istanbul?
The new mayor will preside over a city that people are fleeing in droves.