Turkey-US Relations

Turkey’s Assertiveness in and around Cyprus: South China Sea Redux?

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Opposition to Turkey’s geopolitical power play in the Eastern Mediterranean is mounting, but there’s no sign that Ankara will be backing down anytime soon.

The Geopolitics of the Black Sea

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Long the site of great power competition, the Black Sea region appears to be heating up once again.

Point Counterpoint: Turkey Belongs in NATO

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NATO needs Turkey, and Turkey needs NATO.

Tweets Alone Won’t Save Idlib from Tragedy

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It will take direct and unified intervention, not tweets and condemnation, if the West is to head off a humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib.

Backgrounder: Turkey and the S-400 Affair

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Turkey has officially been kicked out of the F-35 program after purchasing Russia’s S-400 platform, but there’s still plenty more time before relations with the West truly hit rock-bottom.

Fallout Mounts for Saudi Arabia in Wake of Khashoggi Murder

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The diplomatic consequences are mounting for Saudi Arabia after the apparent assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Global Forecast (9-25-2018)

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Sweden’s far-right might sneak into the Riksdag via the back door, Brexit gut-check time in the United Kingdom, and new hope for US-Turkey relations.

FLASH: Turkey Central Bank Raises Interest Rates to Stem Lira Collapse

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Is Turkey’s central bank truly independent, or has the “enemy of interest rates” finally relented?

US-Turkey Relations Placed on Life Support

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All it took was one tweet from President Trump to ignite the tinderbox of US-Turkey relations and send the Turkish economy reeling.

Grim Prospects for Turkey-Saudi Relations

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As is often the case in the Middle East, third-party bilateral relationships are driving Turkey and Saudi Arabia further apart.

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