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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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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan leaves the voting booth at a polling station in Istanbul, Turkey June 24, 2018. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

The Myth of Turkish Democracy

Last week, Turkey’s Supreme Election Council annulled Istanbul’s recent mayoral election, triggering many analysts and journalists to declare the end of Turkish democracy. But these pronouncements fail to reckon with a basic historical question: How could something end that never was? Read More

May 6, 2019

Libya
The American Tradition of Supporting Authoritarianism

Loving Dictators Is as American as Apple Pie

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April 16, 2019

Egypt
Sisi Has His Own Jamal Khashoggi. Her Name is April Corley.

 It’s time to hold Egypt accountable for the U.S. citizens it has unjustly victimized.

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April 2, 2019

Turkey
Turkey: The Perils and Promise of Prediction

A few days before Turkey’s local elections, I wrote an article for Foreign Policy.com titled “Erdogan is Weak. And Invincible.” Well, at least the first part was accurate.  The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost in major metropolitan areas including the capital, Ankara, as well as Antalya, Izmir, Adana, and Mersin.  There is strong evidence to indicate that it also lost Istanbul.

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