The Janus-Faced Presidency: Barack Obama, Syria, and the Demise of Closet Realism

Unlike the case for the vast majority of their gods, the Roman deity Janus has no Greek equivalent, being distinctively part and parcel of the unique experience of the greatest of empires. Traditionally depicted as having two faces looking both to the past as well as the future, Janus is the god of transitions, being […]

Don’t Call It Spring: Turkey’s Decisive Turn Away From the West

This piece is an abbreviated analysis of a longer paper available in PDF here. Erdogan’s autocratic shift is not accidental. It is the byproduct of a strongly majoritarian political culture, mostly foreign to Western countries. Protests weaken the Prime Minister and confine his ambitions. But they don’t erase the ‘Turkish exception’. Even after everything that […]