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Detainees and Diplomacy: Turkey Denies a Link

National Security / News September 10, 2018

Turkey’s arrests of an American pastor and other Western citizens have thrust its troubled judicial system to the forefront of ties with allies.

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Rethinking Erdogan’s “Hostage Diplomacy”

Nicholas Danforth / Blog August 29, 2018

So long as Erdogan assumes Western hostility and seeks to counter it through provocative measures, there are few good options to respond.

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Into the Abyss: Turkish Impressions of a U.S.-Turkish Break

Nicholas Danforth / Blog August 17, 2018

With Trump threatening more sanctions and Erdogan threatening to find other allies, Turkey may be forced to figure out what the alternatives are.

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Will the U.S. Stop Turkey from Receiving F-35s?

Jessica Michek, William Ellison / Blog August 8, 2018

It is increasingly likely that future conflicts and security issues will arise that make handing these planes over to Turkey dangerous.

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Mixed Messages from Ankara

Nicholas Danforth / Blog July 30, 2018

Following the re-election of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in late June, many observers wondered if Turkey’s foreign policy would remain capable of pragmatism and compromise.

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Reset Or Resentment: Turkey After June 24

Nicholas Danforth / Blog July 3, 2018

Amid the uncertainty in Washington, Ankara and the Middle East, predictions are difficult but here are three developments to watch.

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Quick Takeaways from Turkey’s Election

Blaise Misztal / Blog June 25, 2018

Here are some takes on what the outcome of the elections in Turkey tell us about what happened and what happens next.

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Turkey Elections: Challenging Three Common Assumptions

Alan Makovsky / Blog June 22, 2018

For the first time, Turks will separately but simultaneously elect a president and a legislature. The president will be the all-powerful master of the Executive Branch.

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Part I: The Election Landscape

Nicholas Danforth, Jessica Michek / Research June 15, 2018

Though the AKP has kept its hold on power several emerging dynamics have created a real sense of optimism among the opposition that the results, this time, might be different.

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Part II: Post Election Scenarios

Nicholas Danforth, Jessica Michek / Research June 15, 2018

A clear-cut victory would still leave Erdoğan facing a deteriorating economic climate, strained relations with Western partners and an ongoing war with PKK-linked forces.

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