Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a joint news conference following their talks on the sidelines of the MAKS 2019 International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow on Aug. 27.

Putin Plays Erdogan Like a Fiddle

In the increasingly close relationship between the Russian and Turkish presidents, there’s one clear alpha.

Syrian children at a tent camp in Sanliurfa, Turkey, on Jan. 9, 2018.

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.

A Syrian woman shows her bank card, part of the Conditional Cash Transfer for Education program funded by the European Union and managed by UNICEF, the Red Cross, and Turkish authorities, in Adana, Turkey, on March 18.

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.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prepares to speak at the Brookings Institution, March 31, 2016 in Washington, DC.

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.

Syrian refugee Nidal Hussein Hussein, one of those suddenly deported from Turkey, rides in a bus transporting him through the Bab al-Hawa crossing between Turkey and Syria's northwestern Idlib province, as he re-enters Syria on July 24.

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.

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters participate in a training maneuver using an armored vehicle provided by the Turkish army, near the town of Tal Hajar in Aleppo province, on Jan. 16.

Tensions Spike as Turkey Threatens Syria Offensive

U.S. defense secretary says a Turkish incursion would be “unacceptable.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin greets Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the G-20 leaders summit in Osaka on June 29.

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.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis addresses a preelection rally in Athens on July 4.

Greece Is Getting Good at Geopolitics

How souring ties between Ankara and Washington benefit Athens.

Turkey’s Yavuz drillship, seen from shore of the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, is one of several operating in Cypriot waters, sparking a rebuke from the European Union.

Turkey’s Big Energy Grab

Ankara is eyeing the gas reserves around Cyprus, causing yet more international tensions.

A picture representing a mug shot of the Twitter bird is seen on a smartphone in front of a Turkish flag in Istanbul on March 26, 2014.

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.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands at the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 29.

The World This Weekend

Japan and South Korea continue a historic dispute while Turkey exits the F-35 program amid tensions with the United States.

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Who Lost Turkey?

The blame for Ankara’s antagonistic stance to Washington lies with both sides, a product of decades of misunderstandings.

An F-35 Lightning II fighter jet lands at the Payerne Air Base in Switzerland on June 7.

The United States and Turkey Peer Over the Cliff

With the cancellation of F-35 sales to Turkey, relations between Washington and Ankara have reached a new low. Here are our top reads on how things got so bad—and what comes next.

U.S. President Donald Trump stands with an F-35 on the South Lawn of the White House on July 23, 2018.

F-35 Sales Are America’s Belt and Road

The United States uses the fighter jet program to further its own influence while leaving allies dependent.

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