Turkey

Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar looks on as he arrives for a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, on June 26, 2019.

Erdogan’s Heir Apparent Isn’t a Problem

Turkey’s minister of defense is a staunch nationalist—but that doesn’t mean he’s anti-Western.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives to address the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly on September 21, 2021 in New York.

Erdogan Might Be Too Sick to Keep Leading Turkey

Evidence is growing that Turkey’s president is ailing—and that could be bad news for the country’s politics.

Zeynab Serekaniye’s grave

Turkey Capitalizes on Afghanistan Distraction to Attack Kurdish Forces in Syria

Turkish airstrikes in Syria have escalated over the last month as the world concentrates on a different crisis.

Afghan migrants wait for transport.

Turkey’s Refugee Problem Is Reaching a Breaking Point

Turkey’s population is exhausted, and the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan will only make anti-refugee sentiment more central to the country’s politics.

The aftermath of a fire in Antalya, Turkey

Erdogan’s AKP: We Didn’t Start the Fire

Why Turkey’s ruling party views environmentalism as a threat.

A man stands in a doorway

Taliban Takeover Seen as a Boon for Human Smugglers

Along one part of the Turkish border, hundreds of new Afghan migrants show up every day.

A construction site for a Turkish prison complex

‘We Fell Off the Face of the Earth’

Opposition politicians are disappearing into Turkey’s massive new prison system.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives to deliver a speech on June 24, 2018 in Istanbul.

Cracks Are Growing in the Erdogan Regime

Turkey is more politically unstable today than at any other point in recent years.

A poster of Mustafa Hayrullahoglu, late member of the Socialist Workers Party of Turkey, in the Bakirkoy district of Istanbul as part of a May Day rally on May 1, 2017.

Turkey’s Left-Wing ‘Squad’ Is Coming for Erdogan

A new party is betting that unabashed leftist politics is the only way to defeat the president.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, speaks to the press at the U.N. headquarters in New York on March 1.

Russia Thwarts U.S. Bid to Expand Syrian Aid Corridors

But the rival powers strike a compromise that prevents catastrophic shut-off of lifesaving aid to Syrians.

People protest outside of the Turkish consulate on the anniversary of the Armenian genocide in Beverly Hills, California, on April 24.

Turkey Will Never Recognize the Armenian Genocide

It’s time for Yerevan to shift gears and work toward rapprochement with Ankara.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak.

Biden to Prod Putin on Syria Relief

Russia’s blockage of aid deliveries threatens to make Syria’s humanitarian disaster the worst it’s been since the war began.

Cypriot Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Christodoulides, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, and Emirati Presidential Advisor Anwar Gargash hold a press conference after meeting in the western Cypriot city of Paphos, on April 16.

Greece Is Making a Comeback in the Eastern Mediterranean

Sensing the tide turning against Turkey, Athens is reviving itself as a diplomatic force.

Sahak Tavukcu mops the floor of the Surp Hresdagabet Church in Istanbul.

For Turkey’s Armenians, Biden’s Genocide Declaration Makes Little Difference

A century after the mass killings, Armenians in Turkey are still outcasts.

Residents of Istanbul protest the Kanal Istanbul project in Istanbul on Jan. 12, 2020.

Erdogan Is Digging a Hole He Can’t Escape

Plans to build a new channel through Istanbul will come with serious domestic, international, and environmental costs.

People hold photographs of Armenian writers and artists who were among the Armenian intellectuals arrested for deportation by Ottoman forces in 1915 at the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial in Yerevan, Armenia, on April 24, 2015.

Stop Giving Erdogan a Veto Over U.S. Recognition of the Armenian Genocide

Biden can do the right thing because Turkey has lost strategic significance.

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