Simon Tisdall

Erdogan’s blind focus on the Kurds rebounds on Turkey

His obsession with a Kurdish threat hampers more urgent attention to the terrorist menace emanating from Syria and Iraq.

South Sudan ‘at tipping point’

The international community must step in to save the war-torn state from imploding, the US warns.

Ostracised Putin suddenly finds himself in demand

European leaders, backed by President Barack Obama, have come to an uncomfortable conclusion: they need Russia.

Bombing catches junta off-guard

No one has claimed responsibility for the blast in Thailand, with everyone from Islamist groups and the Uighur to a lone operative being blamed.

Burundi on the brink of a cataclysm

The president's unrelenting bid for a third term is raising tensions that could inflame the region.

Turkey’s democracy in danger

A crisis looms as the prime minister opposes Recep Erdogan's desire to be a superpresident.

Nuclear deal USA-Iran could usher in a new era

An agreement would also boost the legacies of the presidents of both Iran and the United States.

Hypocritical West balks at hostage swaps

When in the past European governments have paid ransoms of whatever kind to free their nationals, they have been accused of letting the side down.

Saudi and the West: 1001 Arabian knots

The sands are shifting under the Arab kingdom's feet but the absolutist country is loath to adapt.

No ‘fail-safe choices’ in nuke talks

The collapse of negotiations over Iran's nuclear programme would be potentially cataclysmic.

Icy relations chill Finland

The country’s president is all too aware of the consequences of the meltdown in relations between Russia and the West.

Isis slyly gains ground as the US and Turkey quibble over strategies

Erdogan is often categorised as a Western ally. This is a misperception. His vision of Turkey is of an emerging great power and regional leader.

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