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Did the Defense Department Lie About Closing Lajes?

September 22, 2016  •  Newsweek

The Pentagon continues to reduce forces at Lajes Field in the Azores, a strategic archipelago in the mid-Atlantic. A year ago, the base was already a ghost town. After US taxpayers had spent millions of dollars on housing, schools, and other critical infrastructure, most laid vacant. Dinner at the base restaurant was like a scene from "The Shining."

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Will Erdogan Airbrush Atatürk From Turkish Life?

August 19, 2016  •  Newsweek

The Anıtkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, is a monumental structure that sits amidst parkland on a hill overlooking central Ankara, Turkey's capital. School children, conscripts, professional societies and groups of tourists pay homage to Turkey's secularist leader, watch the changing of the guard, and tour its grounds, parks, and exhibits.

Along with the room where Atatürk passed away in Istanbul's Dolmabahçe Palace, it is the most prominent memorial to Atatürk in modern Turkey. This is something that likely chafes at Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey's dictatorial president, every single day.

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U.S. should know by now that ransoming hostages with Iran only leads to terror

August 3, 2016  •  New York Daily News

On January 16, 2016, as the United States, Iran, and other world powers began to implement the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the diplomatic deal to constrain Iran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, four long-imprisoned Iranian-American hostages boarded a flight in Tehran to begin their long trek home.

Secretary of State John Kerry credited the importance of "the relationships forged and the diplomatic channels unlocked over the course of the nuclear talks." He vehemently denied any talk of ransom.

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Will There Be a Coup in Iraq?

July 30, 2016

Last week, Danielle Pletka and I had a Facebook Live discussion about the crisis in Turkey. It was a fun experience and a good discussion. One correspondent asked a great question about an angle we hadn't covered: What might be the impact of the crisis in Turkey upon Iraq?

I haven't responded right away because I wanted to talk to a number of Iraqis. It is a question they are also debating.

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Erdogan Has Nobody to Blame for the Coup but Himself

July 15, 2016  •  Foreign Policy

This is not what President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meant when he said he wanted to transform Turkey. The tanks and gunfire in the streets of Ankara mark the fifth time since 1960 that the Turkish military has attempted to stage a coup. Even if this one proves unsuccessful — and the elected government now seems likely to come out on top — it calls into question the stability of Erdogan's political movement. How exactly did a leader who began his rule 13 years ago with such promise derail so badly?

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