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Henri J. Barkey
After the Coup
The Russian-Turkish Fling: Off Again on Again

There’s less to the Putin-Erdogan flirtation than meets the eye, but that doesn’t mean U.S.-Turkish relations haven’t entered a delicate period.

The Turkish Coup
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The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight

The coup failed, and Erdogan survived, but the events of July 15 left only losers in their wake.

The Islamic State
The Raqqa Imperative

The United States and its allies against the Islamic State face a major choice in its next target: the Iraqi city of Mosul, or the IS “capital” of Raqqa.

A New Middle East?
A U.S. Blueprint for Syria

Why does Russia always seem to be a step ahead of the U.S. in Syria? The answer is simple: Moscow knows exactly what it wants, and the U.S. doesn’t.

The Turkey Shootdown
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An Unnecessary Crisis

Some guesses as to what exactly transpired in this week’s high-stakes standoff between Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin.

How to Beat ISIS
From Sinjar to Paris and Back

Successes in the campaign against IS in Iraq and Syria are creating opportunities for the United States to shift the momentum of the conflict.

Erdogan Rising
Turkey’s Elections, the Syrian Crisis, and the US

Fresh off his party’s stunning election victory, will Erdogan get in the way of U.S. plans, or work with Washington toward a grand bargain on Syria and Iraq?

The Uses of Air Power
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No-Fly Zone No Answer for Syria

Humanitarian “safe zones” are a great idea in theory. But they’re a bad, dangerous idea in the context of the Syrian civil war.

Turkey’s Tumult
Erdogan’s Great Losing Gamble

Turkey is gearing up for two months of intense, no-holds-barred electioneering, in which anything could happen.

The End of Erdogan
Failure to Re-Launch

Turkish voters just delivered a strong rebuke to Erdogan and the AKP at the polls, but that doesn’t mean he’s given up on his plans.

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Border Bluster

Russia continues to taunt Georgia by moving the border of South Ossetia, but don’t expect a change in policy from Tbilisi.

brave new world

We need to carefully think through a lot of our assumptions about gender roles, and build kinds of educational and social systems to help our boys succeed.

Theft in Broad Daylight

This is not your everyday bank failure in Russia.

Asia's Game of Thrones

As he heads to Japan, Duterte is once again denouncing U.S. military involvement in the Pacific. Can Tokyo push back?

The Cracks Start to Widen

Again, the question supporters of the law will have to answer centers on sustainability: is the health system that Obamacare establishes something that can really last?

Crude Economics

That OPEC production cut is going to have to fall on the Saudis’ shoulders—if it’s to happen at all.

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