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Early Turkey Elections Bid by Erdogan for Greater Control

National Security / Press Release April 18, 2018

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s surprise announcement today of elections to be held 16 months earlier than scheduled is his attempt to cement his current domination of Turkish politics and society, fearing that a weakening economy might spur opposition to him, Bipartisan Policy Center national security experts said.

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Syria Choices Limit US Leverage with Turkey

Nicholas Danforth / Blog April 17, 2018

Russia has been willing to use its Syria policy as a form of leverage with Turkey, adjusting it as circumstances require to either punish or reward Ankara.

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5 Questions for Next Secretary of State About Syria

Nicholas Danforth / Blog April 11, 2018

Mike Pompeo’s upcoming confirmation hearings for the top role at the State Department offer a unique opportunity to bring clarity to one of the most vital challenges facing the White House today.

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Syria Caught In Washington and Ankara Uncertainty

Nicholas Danforth / Blog April 5, 2018

If U.S. policy remains ambiguous and Turkey, Russia, and Iran remain unable to reach an agreement, initiative will stay with Damascus.

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Potential Blindspot for U.S. in Embassy Move to Jerusalem: Turkey-Israel Relations

National Security / Blog March 23, 2018

If the embassy move opens a new rift between Turkey and Israel – two longtime American allies in the region – it will be a setback for U.S. interests.

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More Reasons for Pessimism on U.S.-Turkish Relations

Nicholas Danforth / Blog March 19, 2018

Anyone in Ankara who is expecting the United States to recognize its own interests in regard to Turkey should also recognize the impediments Ankara has created.

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Explainer on Syria and U.N. Resolution 2401

Jessica Michek, Nicholas Danforth / Blog February 28, 2018

There is little chance this U.N. resolution will stem the ongoing catastrophe in Syria. Its dominant flaw is an over-simplification of the Syrian conflict

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Things to Think about When Thinking about Sanctioning Turkey

Nicholas Danforth / Blog February 27, 2018

Amidst ongoing tensions with Turkey, Washington has shown a growing interest in using sanctions to increase its leverage with Ankara.

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Did Tillerson Save US-Turkey Ties?

Nicholas Danforth / Blog February 23, 2018

If nothing else, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Ankara last week staved off a looming crisis in U.S.-Turkish relations.

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Lessons from the 2010 Gaza Flotilla

National Security / Blog February 15, 2018

Turkish forces’ recent incursion into northwest Syria has further complicated an already extremely complex situation in Syria.

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