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Smack Down

This year, Western troops will withdraw from Afghanistan after 13 years of war. Here’s what they leave behind
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The End of Putinomics

A dozen years of prosperity and stability have kept Russia’s leader wildly popular. Now his whole world is about to collapse.
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10 Wonders of Istanbul

Enjoy cocktails by one of history’s most important waterways and take in the magnificent sunsets of Turkey’s ancient metropolis.
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Holy Middle Class!

Moscow’s Gorky Park used to be a place to avoid. Now it’s a magnet for the Russian bourgeoisie.
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A Civil War Revived

Turkey’s prime minister promised peace with the country’s Kurdish separatists. A year later, violence between the two sides is worse than ever.

Islamists Look to Turkey for Inspiration

As revolutions across the Mideast bring religious parties within sight of real political power, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is becoming the region’s go-to man for Islamist leaders looking for a makeover. Tunisia’s exiled Islamist leader Rached Ghannouchi, who is scheduled to visit Ankara in March, believes that Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) has shown others how to “align Islam with modernity,” pointing a path from the political wilderness to the mainstream. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is also following in Erdogan’s footsteps, setting up a moderate Freedom and Justice Party—which will include members of the Coptic Christian minority—to run in upcoming elections. Morocco’s Islamists have borrowed the Justice and Development Party’s name. In Jordan, too, the Islamic Action Front has called for King Abdullah to look to “the Turkish model.” A recent study conducted by the Istanbul-based TESEV think tank found that 75 percent of Arab respondents considered...
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Russia's Anna Chapman Cashes In

In the seven months since being arrested by the FBI and drummed out of the U.S., flame-haired spy Anna Chapman has become Russia’s hottest cultural icon.

Moscow Splurges on a New Armada

While much of Europe slashes spending to reduce deficits, surging oil prices are allowing Russia to splurge. The Kremlin’s choice of stimulus package is a bit of a throwback, though—among other things, a new fleet of warships to challenge China. Last week Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced a whopping $678 billion package of new defense spending for the next decade, with a quarter of the money going to revamp Russia’s Pacific fleet. On the Kremlin’s shopping list: 20 new ships, including a new class of attack submarines, plus new missile subs, frigates, and an aircraft carrier.

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