Transcript: A Conversation with Abdullah Gul

Council on Foreign Relations,
September 23, 2013
(UNKNOWN): We’re on. (UNKNOWN): OK. TEPPERMAN: So we last talked a year ago. And so much has changed in the last year. I thought we would discuss a lot of those changes and get your take on how Turkey and the region is different today than it was 12 months ago. So my first question...

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Foreign Affairs,
July 1, 2013
After serving a brief, undistinguished term as Japan’s prime minister in 2006–7, Shinzo Abe seemed destined for the political sidelines. Then, last December, he surged back into the limelight, retaking office in a landslide victory. The return to power of his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) — which has run Japan for 54 of the last...

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Foreign Affairs,
July 1, 2013
Cui Tiankai, 60, arrived in Washington, D.C., on April 2 to take up his new post as China’s ambassador to the United States. A fluent English speaker with a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies, Cui spent five years as a farm hand during the Cultural Revolution before entering Shanghai Normal...

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Foreign Affairs,
January 1, 2013
Abdullah Gul has been president of Turkey since 2007. Somewhat overshadowed, at least abroad, by his longtime political partner Recep Tayyip Erdogan — Turkey’s prime minister and leader of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) — Gul has recently started to carve out a more independent political identity. While Erdogan has become increasingly strident...

Q&A: Jimmy Carter

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Since leaving office, Jimmy Carter has worked as a roving peace negotiator, election monitor (through the Carter Center), home builder (through Habitat for Humanity) and author. Now 83, the former president spoke to NEWSWEEK’S Jonathan Tepperman about the United States’ battered image and the role of ethics in politics. Excerpts: TEPPERMAN: What’s your take on...