Erdogan Is Turning Turkey Into a Chinese Client State
With few friends left in the West, Ankara is counting on Beijing for help.
No Gas, No War in the Mediterranean
Border tensions among Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus are about to boil over—but there’s a simple solution.
How Turkey’s Soft Power Conquered Pakistan
The TV drama “Ertugrul” reveals how neo-Ottoman fantasies are finding an enthusiastic audience in a country that struggles with Saudi and Western influence.
Turkey’s Plans to Become a Regional Energy Giant Just Got a Boost
After the discovery of a large natural gas field, Ankara may have Moscow on the ropes.
How Did the Eastern Mediterranean Become the Eye of a Geopolitical Storm?
The region’s powers and the West are facing off against Turkey—and Turkey is not going down without a fight.
Erdogan Has Hidden an Economic Disaster Deep in Turkish Banks
And he won’t be able to keep the game going for much longer.
Give Up on Proxy Wars in the Middle East
The United States has the opportunity to reshape its alliances and bolster lasting stability in the region—but only by ending a failed approach.
Congress Pushes for Sanctions on Turkey, Russia Over Libyan War
Putin and Erdogan “act when there’s a stick involved,” a House aide said.
Turkey’s Generation Z Turns Against Erdogan
The Turkish leader tried to mold a generation of pious followers. Instead, the country’s youth could bring about his final defeat.
The Turkish Government Closed a University Because It Fears Free Speech
Ankara shut an institution founded by religious conservatives and attacks tech companies in order to stop young Turks from accessing a free academic and media environment.
Erdogan Is Libya’s Man Without a Plan
Turkey is standing in the wreckage of a foreign-policy adventure with no discernible strategy.
Erdogan Should Not Erase Turkey’s Christian Past
The Turkish president wants to turn Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia back into a mosque. Destroying its dual Orthodox-Islamic heritage would be a blow to religious pluralism and tolerance.
Turkey’s Great New Hope Is the Same Old News
Ali Babacan promises he’s ready to take down Erdogan—but he might leave everything else in place.
Why Erdogan Won’t Ask the IMF for Help
Turkey’s economy is a mess, but its president won’t seek an IMF loan because the conditions would mean giving up his extensive patronage network.
A Motorcycle-Riding Leftist Feminist Is Coming for Erdogan
Canan Kaftancioglu has fueled the rise of Turkey’s increasingly effective opposition—and earned the president’s ire.
The Coronavirus Is Creating a Crisis on Europe’s Borders
European countries have suffered from the pandemic, but their southern and eastern neighbors are faring even worse—setting the stage for financial ruin, political instability, and a surge of refugees.