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The Middle East
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A Murder in Ankara

The assassination of Russia’s Ambassador is likely to have far-reaching implications for the U.S.-Turkey relationship.

Crackdown in Turkey
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Erdogan Ups the Ante

Erdogan’s authoritarian surge has now kicked into overdrive with the arrests of opposition members of parliament.

Syrian Civil War
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A Post-ISIS Recovery Plan for Syria

Recognizing and supporting a provisional government in opposition-controlled Syria could cool down the conflict while keeping pressure on Assad.

After the Coup
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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?

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff
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The real stumbling block to Democratic legislative power.

brave new world

An Australian account of China’s gains doubles as a bleak assessment of Obama’s legacy in the region.

Crude Economics

London is using both carrot and stick to keep offshore oil output up.

Greeks Bearing Debts

Greece’s recurrent crisis is the result of bad Greek and German decisions alike. Only one is in year eight of a depression as a result.

Frack Baby Frack

Abundant shale gas brought natural gas prices to historic lows—and made the US a net exporter of the hydrocarbon.

WRM Elsewhere

Walter Russell Mead tackles the question.

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