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To save Turkey’s democracy, the country’s opposition must offer Erdogan a grand bargain. “The problem for Erdogan is that despite his best efforts to build a majority in his favor, and even with extensive allegations of voter fraud, he only won by 51 percent in a recent referendum to increase his executive powers. Erdogan’s policies have not created a solid majority, but a deeply polarized society”, Soner Cagaptay writes on War on the Rocks.
Iran’s Elites Are Far More Fragile Than They Look. The wave of recent protests throughout Iran is the latest sign of Tehran’s crisis of leadership. It is a crisis that has indicted all echelons of the state and all the factions that compete for power within it (Foreign Policy).
Trump urged by top advisers to waive Iran sanctions. Donald Trump is being urged by some top advisers not to bring back U.S. economic sanctions on Iran this week, a move by the president that would effectively end a 2015 deal to limit Tehran’s nuclear ambitions (Reuters).