Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Does US withdrawal leave Syria open to Russia?

In a Twitter thread, US President Donald Trump said the US withdrawal from Syria would be a thorn in the side of Russia and China, who "love to see us bogged down, watching over a quagmire, & spending big dollars to do so." But analysts disagree.

Global Politics

These Turks would rather leave their country than continue living under Erdoğan

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won victory in landmark elections that could hand him near-unchecked power. Erdoğan has overseen a major crackdown on dissent and the press since a failed coup in July 2016 and many Turks told PRI they'd rather leave their country than continue living under a ruler they say has grown increasingly authoritarian.

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Conflict & Justice

Press freedom in Turkey

Matthew Brunwasser reports from Istanbul about Turkey's spotty record on press freedom. Turkey claims to be a model of a Middle Eastern democracy, but is it really? Politicians of all stripes are accused of stifling free speech.

Global Politics

Turkey's role in Libya

Turkey had intended to oppose the intervention in Libya, despite the country's membership in NATO. But then Ankara changed its mind and was on board, when the alliance agreed to take over the military effort. Matthew Brunwasser reports from Istanbul.

Conflict & Justice

Protests in Turkey Turn Violent

Protesters in Turkey's capital Ankara clashed with riot police on Monday and the police responded with tear gas and water cannons. This was the fourth day in a row that protesters have vented their frustration against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.