Erdogan is fighting on too many fronts

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As Biden visits Ankara, Turkey remains on a collision course with the west

Erdogan will be anxious after army purge

Suspicion must remain that there are plotters yet to show their hands, writes David Gardner

James Ferguson

Turkey’s fate lies in Erdogan’s hands

His priority is not Isis but the Gulenists and Kurdish insurgents, writes David Gardner

Turkey is losing its checks and balances

Erdogan is using the putsch as an excuse for blanket repression and constitutional vandalism

Isis is not yet on the run

The scale of the jihadis’ ambition should not be underestimated

Three truths about the Iraq war

Whatever Chilcot says, there is no denying that this conflict has shaped recent history

Hope grows for a political solution for Syria

President Assad vaingloriously promises to recover every inch of Syria — but him and whose army?

America infuriates both Sunni and Shia

Saudi Arabia and Iran are convinced the US has tilted against them in the wake of nuclear deal

Military might alone will not defeat Isis

Even if the battlefield operations go swimmingly, the politics are very unpromising

Erdogan tightens his grip on Turkey

The president prepares to command yet more authority, cocooned by his courtiers

US sanctions risk misfiring in Lebanon

Moves to limit Hizbollah’s access to finance threaten to undermine a fragile equilibrium

Ottoman legacy dies hard in Middle East

Even devotees of centralised rule concede they may have to give ground to federalism

Erdogan seeks limitless power

The Turkish president has wilfully cut himself off from any free flow of critical information

The many obstacles that Iran faces

A nation whose young population wants to open up to the world remains stuck

Religious curbs on Saudi economic reform

There is one lever of power the crown prince does not hold: the deal with the Wahhabi establishment

The fraying of historic US-Saudi ties

Barack Obama faces a ruling family under unpredictable new management on his farewell trip to Riyadh

Russia runs up against Assad’s defences

Moscow might have the measure of the west but Syria is another matter

Saudi’s alliances show America waning

Power often coexists with pragmatism, making strange bedfellows of sworn enemies

Confident Erdogan hides danger for Turkey

Boosted by the EU deal over migrants, Ankara is running risks with its policy on the Kurds

Putin keeps the west guessing in Syria

What is the Kremlin’s game now? The Russian leader might conclude that Assad has no long-term future


David Gardner David Gardner is International Affairs Editor at the FT, which he joined in 1978. He has been Chief Leader Writer, Middle East Editor, and an FT correspondent in Europe, Latin America and South Asia.

He writes columns, commentary and analysis, mainly on the Middle East.

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