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When Strongmen Fight: The U.S. and Turkey Need Diplomats to Resolve Their Leaders’ Dispute

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Order from Chaos.

Disagreement over a jailed pastor has devolved into a personal fight between two strongmen, adding significant strain to relations between Turkey and the United States. These like-minded leaders should empower their diplomats to find a way forward before they inflict lasting damage on bilateral ties.

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Does Turkey’s Opposition Have a Chance at Beating Erdoğan’s AKP in June?

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Order from Chaos.

After 15 years in government—particularly since a failed coup attempt in July 2016 crowned him with extraordinary executive authority—Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has never been more powerful.

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Why Turkey Cares about the Trial of Reza Zarrab

In recent weeks, there has been increasing American interest in a previously little-watched judicial saga unfolding in New York district court. Like a Turkish soap opera, it involves a dashing businessman with a pop-star wife, corruption allegations, leaked tapes of private conversations and intrigue at the highest levels of government. The trial of Reza Zarrab on charges of evading Iran sanctions, including any revelations he makes about corruption in the Turkish government, could have significant political and economic implications for Turkey.

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