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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.

Two men have lunch near a car loaded with belongings close to the checkpoint of Russian peacekeepers outside the village of Dadivank in Nagorno-Karabakh on Nov. 23.

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Great-power politics in Nagorno-Karabakh, the children of the Islamic State, and the meaning of Moldova’s election result.

Russian peacekeepers patrol the village of Dadivank in Nagorno-Karabakh on Nov. 20.

When Great-Power Politics Isn’t Great Enough

Turkey and Russia helped craft a cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh. But what they need is a grand bargain for the entire region.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden speaks as Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan  looks on during a luncheon at the State Department on May 16, 2013.

Biden Can’t Avoid Erdogan, but He Can Keep the U.S.-Turkish Relationship on Track

Turkey’s leader has caused many headaches in Washington in recent years, but letting ties deteriorate further would be disastrous.

Portraits of Ilham Aliyev and Recep Tayyip Erdogan hang in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Biden’s Victory Is No Balm for American Exceptionalism

Trump was a much weaker potential autocrat than others have faced.

US President Donald Trump (L), Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (rear L) attend the NATO summit at the Grove hotel in Watford, northeast of London on December 4, 2019.

Trump vs. Biden Is ‘A Very Difficult Dilemma’ for Turkish Americans in Ohio

The Ahiska Turkish community in Dayton, Ohio, is torn. Their votes could make a difference in a state where the candidates remain virtually tied.   

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar

Changing Tides in Divided Cyprus

The victory of an Erdogan ally in Northern Cyprus spells danger for the island’s reunification prospects—and sets Turkey up for regional hegemony.

A local resident walks in front of a damaged building in Barda, Azerbaijan, near the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh province's capital Stepanakert, on October 9, 2020, as Azerbaijan and Armenia hold their first high-level talks after nearly two weeks of clashes.

What Negotiations Over Nagorno-Karabakh Could Look Like

Years of diplomatic efforts have failed, but the two sides will need to talk to prevent a regionwide war.

A map of Turkey's military entanglements

Is Turkey’s Military Overstretched?

If Turkey intervenes in Nagorno-Karabakh, it would only be the latest entry in Ankara’s growing list of military adventures.

An Azeri protester waves the Turkish and Azerbaijani flags at a demonstration in Istanbul in support of Azerbaijan on Oct. 4.

A Weak Economy Won’t Stop Turkey’s Activist Foreign Policy

By pledging unconditional support to Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh, Turkey’s government is stretching its forces and its budget, but it’s also shoring up its base.

NATO leaders meet at a NATO summit in London in 2019.

Turkey’s Caucasus Adventure Risks Another Crisis in NATO

NATO allies have been at odds with Turkey for years. But Ankara’s role in the Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict is bringing matters to a head.

A fire burns in a hardware store after a rocket attack in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, on Oct. 3.

Syrians Make Up Turkey’s Proxy Army in Nagorno-Karabakh

After fighting Turkey’s battles in Libya, the Syrian National Army is caught in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan—and dozens are dying.

A United States Air Force F-35B Lightning II fighter jet performs an aerial display during the Singapore Airshow media preview on Feb. 9.

Why the United States Shouldn’t Sell Jets to the UAE

Selling F-35s to the United Arab Emirates could give Russia access to U.S. technology and erode Israel’s regional military edge.

Refugees displaced from Afrin line up to receive bread from the Syrian Red Crescent in Ahras, Syria, on March 25, 2018.

Syria’s Forgotten Displaced Aren’t Equipped to Fight the Pandemic

The regime has restricted aid to those who fled Afrin in 2018, leaving them without test kits, basic supplies, or access to specialist care.

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