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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Biden Gives Turkey the Silent Treatment

If U.S.-Turkey relations were already strained under Trump, Biden’s pressure on Ankara raises questions about the relationship with a longtime NATO ally.

Protesters chant slogans and hold up flags in support of China’s Uyghur minority in Istanbul, on July 12, 2009.

Why Erdogan Has Abandoned the Uyghurs

As Ankara grows more economically dependent on Beijing, the Turkish government is no longer offering a safe haven or defending Uyghur rights.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer walks with Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 9.

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Political psychologists offer a new approach to authoritarianism, Ukraine clamps down on pro-Russian media, and a critically acclaimed documentary chronicles Wuhan’s lockdown.

Yeliz Guzel practices her musical instrument, the baglama—a kind of lute, in her one-room apartment in Mersin, Turkey, on Nov. 23, 2020.

Singing for Inclusivity in Turkey

Yeliz Guzel’s pride choir brought LGBTQ Turks together—but left her ostracized.

People gesture and wave former flags of Iran as they protest outside the Antwerp criminal court during the trial of four persons including an Iranian diplomate and Belgian-Iranian couple in Antwerp, on February 4, 2021.

Iranians Are Trapped in a Sunni-Shiite Détente

Dissidents seeking refuge in Turkey are getting sacrificed to a newfound friendship between Tehran and Ankara.

Turkish plain clothed police officers hold a group of protesters during a demonstration in support of Bogazici University students in front of Istanbul's courthouse, on Feb. 11.

The High Stakes of Turkey’s University Protests

The Erdogan regime has gotten used to controlling the country’s social institutions, but university students have had enough.

A demonstrator dressed as Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with blood on his hands

Autocrats Increasingly Quashing Dissent Beyond Their Own Borders

Freedom House says transnational repression is on the rise—led by China, Saudi Arabia, and Russia.

The Turkish drilling vessel Kanuni arrives for mechanical operations at Haydarpasa Port in Istanbul on Oct. 19, 2020.

What Erdogan Really Wants in the Eastern Mediterranean

Turkey’s adventures abroad are about more than hydrocarbons. They’re a bold and expensive attempt at geopolitical revisionism.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Trump’s Inexplicable Crusade to Help Iran Evade Sanctions

The U.S. president never could grasp that shielding Turkey’s Halkbank for Erdogan would make Iranian sanctions evasion easier.

Joe Biden attends a meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey on the sidelines of the nuclear summit in Washington on March 31, 2016.

Biden and Erdogan Are Trapped in a Double Fantasy

Why Washington and Ankara don’t get each other at all—and need each other anyway.

Members of the Somali military watch as firefighters work to extinguish a blaze after a car bomb exploded in Mogadishu on Jan. 29, 2019.

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2021

The world in 2021 will be haunted by the legacies of 2020: an ongoing pandemic, an economic crisis, Donald Trump’s divisive presidency—and new threats emanating from wars and climate change.

Sailors standing on the deck of a warship at a parade during the Turkish International Ceremony at Mehmetcik Abidesi Martyrs Memorial near Seddulbahir Turkey on April 24, 2015.

Turkey’s Year of Living Dangerously

Turkey took its expansionist vision to new heights in 2020—but with a battered economy, growing opposition, and now U.S. sanctions, it’s not clear how long that can continue.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks as prime minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks on during a luncheon at the State Department in Washington, DC on May 16, 2013

It Is Time to Let Turkey Go

It might be the best way to repair ties in the long run.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump

U.S. Set to Finally Sanction Turkey for Buying Russian Arms

Trump has long refused to penalize Ankara for acquiring advanced Russian air defense systems, but Congress is forcing his hand.

Supporters of Ersin Tatar celebrate his win in the presidential election in the northern part of Nicosia, the capital of the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Biden Faces Troubled Eastern Mediterranean Waters

Greeks and Greek Cypriots are hoping for stronger U.S. support in their disputes with Turkey. But that may not be the president-elect’s greatest priority.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech against a background of banknote during the Annual Evaluation Meeting at the Bestepe National Congress and Culture Center in Ankara on Jan. 16.

Erdogan’s Economic Hail Mary Won’t Work

Turkey’s problem is the president himself; improvement won’t come until he leaves.

Members of the Iraqi Kurdish security forces stand guard at a checkpoint in Altun Kupri, 25 miles south of Erbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq on Oct. 16, 2017.

Iraqi Kurds Turn Against the PKK

Now that it’s beaten back the Islamic State, the Kurdistan Regional Government is focusing its attention on a group it has long tolerated.

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