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From the Potomac to the Euphrates

Steven A. Cook examines developments in the Middle East and their resonance in Washington.

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A supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan holds his picture in front of a Turkish flag, in front of Turkey's ruling AK Party (AKP) headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey. June 24, 2018. Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

Turkey’s Elections: Partially Free, Fair, and Fake

It should not be a surprise except to the most hopeful that Recep Tayyip Erdogan is once again president of Turkey and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) will enjoy an effective parliamentary majority with its partner, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). Erdogan supporters are rejoicing while his opposition, which many Turks believe was revitalized even in defeat, licks its wounds. It is an outcome that sounds familiar and was likely never in doubt. President Erdogan has worked hard over seven long years to get to this point; he can now put what Turks refer to as the “executive presi Read More

May 15, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Damage Done in Jerusalem

Washington has already enabled Israel’s permanent occupation, and with the relocation of the American embassy to Jerusalem willingly given up a crucial leverage issue with the Israeli government.

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April 27, 2018

Syria
Lost in the Middle East

The incoherence of Washington's Syria policy is a symptom of its failure to define a new role in the world.

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April 9, 2018

Syria
Trump’s Syria Policy Isn’t Retrenchment. It’s Pandering.

Everything Trump does in Syria revolves around what’s good for Trump. And that’s bad for America.

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