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Did Erdogan Standing Next to Trump Mean Anything?

The May 9 decision by President Donald Trump to provide arms to Syrian Kurds, a mere week before Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was scheduled to visit the White House, spurred Turkey’s main opposition Republican…



You’re Fired!

 The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation — the criminal investigative arm of the U.S. government — is appointed to a ten-year term. That’s the longest set term for any top official in the…


Different Takes on 100 Days.

Throughout the 2016 US presidential campaign, Donald Trump talked constantly about all the things he would do in his first 100 days in office. When day 100 drew near he changed his tune, saying 100…


Speaking Up For Women

My first big overseas reporting assignment took me far from Washington, DC and opened up a whole new world. It was 1985, and I was sent to Nairobi, Kenya to cover a UN conference on…


Deep Suspicion That Turkish Referendum Rigged

Turks went to the polls on Sunday to make a critical choice on a referendum to change the country’s constitution. The ballots contained no questions, but people had to choose “yes” or “no.” Did people…


The Referendum —The View from D.C.

It all sounds too familiar. A country holds a national election at a time of a great political divide, with the electorate falling into two distinct camps. When it happened in the United States, the…


Executive Power and Hubris Syndrome

In previous posts about aspects of the US executive presidency, which has been held up as a model for a Turkish executive presidency to be voted on Sunday, 16 April, I have presented information about…


Trump, His Personality and The Presidential System

In several previous articles we looked at the executive presidency within the American context, as a sort of primer on executive presidential systems as Turkey approaches a vote on whether to adopt such a system…


Previewing Tillerson’s Trip to Turkey

In a 27 March teleconference, senior State Department officials provided an overview of Secretary Rex Tillerson’s 30 March trip to Ankara. In their responses to journalists’ questions, they revealed what Turks can expect and not…


When “The Fixer” Meets “The Party Of No”

It wasn’t all that long ago that the newly-minted Republican presidential nominee stood before his party’s national convention and declared “Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it!”…


Fourth of Four – Presidency

This series of articles has been an attempt to put in context the strong Executive Presidency of the Unites States because some political commentators present it as a model of an executive presidency under consideration…


The Survivors

For a few days in the spring, Washington becomes an enchanted forest. Politics and personalities seem to fall by the wayside as attention focuses on the clouds of fluffy white and pink cherry blossoms that…


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