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US and Turkey on a collision course: the perils of nationalism

Current tensions reflect disagreements between the nations and their colliding interests in the Middle East

In the case of Turkey and in the face of rising debts and fears of economic insolvency, President Erdogan has made things worse by putting pressure on the central bank to not raise interest rates.


MUCH has been said and written in recent years about the rise of nationalism and its political-ideological relatives, nativism and mercantilism, and the way they help drive to power strong leaders with authoritarian leanings.

Those who have welcomed this trend have...

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