Turkey

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before their meeting on Sept. 3, 2016 in Hangzhou, China.

Erdogan Is Turning Turkey Into a Chinese Client State

With few friends left in the West, Ankara is counting on Beijing for help.

This pictures shows the Yavuz drillship seen from the Karpaz coast of the northern part of Cyprus, the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) close to Apostolos Andreas monastery on July 21, 2019.

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.

A promotional photo from the Turkish TV show Dirilis: Ertugrul.

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.

The Pioneering Spirit vessel, which will carry out construction of the offshore section of the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline, passes the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge on the Bosporus in Istanbul on May 31, 2017.

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.

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.

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.

An employee sorts Turkish lira banknotes at a bank in the town of Sarmada in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province on June 14.

Erdogan Has Hidden an Economic Disaster Deep in Turkish Banks

And he won’t be able to keep the game going for much longer.

Saudi-led coalition soldiers deploy to the outskirts of Aden, Yemen, on Aug. 3, 2015, during a military operation against Houthi rebels and their allies.

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.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin

Congress Pushes for Sanctions on Turkey, Russia Over Libyan War

Putin and Erdogan “act when there’s a stick involved,” a House aide said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech in Ankara on Sept. 5, 2019.

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.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives on stage to deliver a speech following a cabinet meeting in Ankara on June 9.

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.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Libya's interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil wave as they attend Friday prayers in Tripoli on Sept. 16, 2011.

Erdogan Is Libya’s Man Without a Plan

Turkey is standing in the wreckage of a foreign-policy adventure with no discernible strategy.

A police van patrols in front of Hagia Sophia during a two-day lockdown imposed prevent the spread of COVID-19 on April 11,  in Istanbul, Turkey.

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.

Ali Babacan presents his Democracy and Progress Party at a launching ceremony in Ankara on March 11, 2020.

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.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (center) with his wife, Emine Erdogan, followed by then-International Monetary Fund Director Christine Lagarde (left) in Paris on Nov. 11, 2018, prior to commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the  armistice ending World War I.

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.

Canan Kaftancioglu

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.

Employees disinfect the streets and shops inside Istanbul's famous Grand Bazaar to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Istanbul on March 18.

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.

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