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November 19, 2019

The most important date in Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s political career was July 9, 2018. This day marked his inauguration as president of Turkey under the new executive presidential system, which he won in a referendum one year earlier. With power firmly consolidated, the...

November 14, 2019

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has visited Washington nearly a dozen times as prime minister of Turkey between 2003 and 2014 and president since. I have witnessed all of Erdoğan’s visits to Washington D.C, observing the red-carpet treatment granted to him at va...

When President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Trump sit down for their planned face-to-face in Washington on November 13, their conversations will take place against a backdrop of increased U.S.-Turkish tensions on foreign policy issues, along with concerns about a...

On October 5, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Greek foreign minister Nikos Dendias for the third time in less than three months. At a joint press conference following the meeting, Pompeo stated that Washington had warned Turkey against “illegal drilling” in the...

On October 22, Vladimir Putin will host a summit on Syria with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In light of President Trump’s recent decision to withdraw U.S. forces, will they and Iran—the three remaining foreign military players on the scene—usher in a sustain...

October 16, 2019

President Donald Trump’s letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, urging him not to go after an enemy Kurdish military group in neighboring Syria as U.S. troops depart the war-torn country, indicates that the U.S. president wants to corner his Turkish counterp...

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Soner Cagaptay about U.S. sanctions on Turkey and what impact they may have on Turkey's economy and global standing.

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

Vice President Mike Pence is heading to Turkey to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Pence wants a...

October 11, 2019

The Trump administration is implicitly backing Ankara’s policy imperatives for now, but its approval comes with an imminent expiration date that could arrive even sooner if the operation goes awry.

On October 9, Turkey launched its long-expected military operation into...

Few announcements from the Trump White House have engendered such bipartisan outrage as the news that Turkey was preparing to attack Kurdish forces in Syria — and the U.S. would be getting out of the way.

Why it matters: Soner Cagaptay, an expert on U.S.-Turkey relation...

Despite diluting certain commonalities with Europe and Washington over the past decade, Ankara still relies on the West in the trade, investment, and security realms.

Turkey’s recent decision to purchase the Russian S-400 missile defense system has led many to wonder wh...

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