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Musician turned politician Robert Kyagulanyi (C) is joined by other activists on July 11, 2018 in Kampala, Uganda during a protest against a controversial tax on the use of social media.

Africa’s Attack on Internet Freedom

While Washington turns a blind eye, autocrats across the continent are muzzling their citizens online.

Flags with the logo and the World Cup 2018 mascot Zabivaka are seen in front of Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow on June 30, 2018 during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. (Photo by Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP)        (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Read FP’s Coverage of the 2018 World Cup

War is politics by other means — and so is the World Cup.

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan sign agreements in Ankara on December 18, 2013. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

Strongmen Die, but Authoritarianism Is Forever

It’s reassuring to think authoritarian governments depart with their leaders. It’s also wrong.

A pedestrian lights a cigarette as he walks past banners with portraits of Turrkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and the leader of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahceli in Istanbul on June 19, 2018.

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.

Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan plays soccer during an exhibition match at the Basaksehir stadium on July 26, 2014, in Istanbul. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

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?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds his ballot before casting his vote for Turkey's legislative election at a polling station in Istanbul on June 7, 2015. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Erdogan Has Mastered Democracy

For all the deserved criticisms of Turkey's president, the man knows how to win an election.

A pedestrian lights a cigarette as he walks past in banners with portraits of Turrkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and the leader of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahceli in Istanbul on June 19, 2018. - Turkey is preparing for tight presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24, while many analysts say President Erdogan wants a major foreign policy success to give him a final boost. (Photo by Aris MESSINIS / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Read FP’s Coverage of Sunday’s Elections in Turkey

Turks will vote to elect not only a president but also a parliament—a first in the country’s history.

Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wave the Turkish national flag during a pre-election rally in Sarajevo, on May 20. (Oliver Bunic/AFP/Getty Images)

Erdogan Is Making the Ottoman Empire Great Again

Turkey is leveraging tradition to expand its power in Europe — but the history cuts both ways.

A large flag of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a campaign rally on June 19, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Don’t Trust Anybody About Turkey’s Elections

The one thing that's clear about Erdogan's re-election bid is that everything is unclear.

An election poster showing the portrait of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on June 19 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Erdogan Will Win by Any Means Necessary

Turkey’s president has plenty of experience stealing elections — and Sunday’s vote is one he can’t afford to lose.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan walks down the stairs in between soldiers, wearing traditional army uniforms from the Ottoman Empire, as he arrives for a welcoming ceremony for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the presidential palace in Ankara, January 12, 2015.

Don’t Turn The Turkish Army Into A Political Tool

Turkey has a history of coups. Whoever wins the election must prevent politicization of the military.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Chief of Staff General Hulusi Akar (L) attend the funeral of a soldier killed in a helicopter crash at Ahmet Hamdi Akseki Mosque in Ankara, on June 1, 2017.

Turkey’s Wag-the-Dog Election

Erdogan is fighting a military battle to win a political one.

(William Thomas Cain/Getty Images/Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images/Foreign Policy illustration)

Erdogan’s Flying Carpet

Istanbul’s massive new airport fits with Turkey’s grand neo-Ottoman ambitions, but it may be too big for its own good.

Supporters of the Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) shout slogans and hold pictures of HDP's imprisoned presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtas  at an election rally on May 4, 2018 in Istanbul.

The Making of a Kurdish Mandela

By keeping a key challenger in jail, Turkey’s government risks making Selahattin Demirtas an even more popular and formidable opponent.

Syrian Kurdish leader Salih Muslim is escorted by Czech police to his trial at the municipal court on February 27, 2018 in Prague.

Turkey’s War on Dissent Goes Global

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government is abusing international law enforcement institutions to target its critics.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a speach to supporters during a rally on June 16, 2013, in Istanbul. (OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Erdogan’s Motley Opponents Have United to Take Him Down

Turkey’s strongman might not be strong enough to survive the early elections he wanted.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech at the Grand National Assembly in Ankara on March 20. (Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey Wants to Veto Civil Society Organizations at the OSCE

It wouldn’t be the first time Erdogan took domestic politics to the international arena.

Donald Trump tosses a 'Make America Great Again' hat into the crowd while speaking in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Dec. 9, 2016. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Trump’s Syria Policy Isn’t Retrenchment. It’s Pandering.

Everything Trump does in Syria revolves around what’s good for Trump. And that’s bad for America.

People gather in Istanbul to support the Turkish government following a failed coup attempt on July 16, 2016. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. Alliance With Turkey Is Worth Preserving

Ankara is a difficult friend. That doesn't mean the United States should cut it loose.

Red balloons in the shape of a heart that read: "Free Deniz" in reference to Deniz Yucel, a German-Turkish journalist imprisoned in Turkey. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Turkey’s New Foreign Policy Is Hostage-Taking

The West knows what Ankara is up to, but won’t call it by its name.

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