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FOREIGN TRAVEL is broadening, but not always in a positive way. For Americans it has an increasingly painful edge. Too often it leaves us with a disconcerting sense that our country is falling behind. In a world where competition comes increasingly from other countries, this bodes ill for our national future. Last month I visited four […]
Suleyman Demirel, who served seven times as Turkey’s prime minister, dominating the nation’s politics when the country struggled with violence, economic stagnation and military rule, died early Wednesday in Ankara, Turkey. He was 90. Guven Hospital in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, confirmed the death in a statement. In a career that spanned nearly half a century, Mr. […]
Turkish voters pulled the emergency brake on Sunday, derailing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s campaign to centralize power in his own hands. He asked voters to endorse his form of arbitrary and authoritarian rule, and they refused. Erdogan’s party, Justice and Development, took just 41 percent in the parliamentary election. It was a sharp slide from […]
The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order by Sean McFate ’92 During the course of our still-young century, the nature of warfare has changed in a dramatic and disturbing way. Private companies have taken over much of the work that armies used to do. This challenges the age-old assumption that states […]
Foreign investors and Iranians are giddy at the prospects from the lifting of sanctions Towering over one of Tehran’s main squares is a full-length, 40-foot-high photo of President Barack Obama alongside an ancient Persian warrior, both wearing spiffy pairs of shoes. “Be safe and comfortable. Walk with us,” reads the slogan underneath. It is an advertisement for […]