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Although the current political climate in the United States makes additional financial support to Europe challenging, it is not altogether impossible. U.S. President Donald Trump has signaled that exporting gas to Europe is a priority, and the administration should work with European partners to operationalize that goal and thwart Moscow’s Middle East energy land bridge. Europe’s energy security and America’s influence in the Middle East are too important to cede to Russia.

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Amidst Erdogan’s push to force a re-vote in Istanbul, the YSK has already upended election results elsewhere in Turkey, marking one of its worst assaults yet on Turkish democracy. Nullifying these electoral victories – won under the hardest circumstances – is a direct message to Turkey’s opposition and global observers alike: Despite the Turkish electorate’s resounding call for reform, the restoration of democracy in Turkey is nowhere near Erdogan’s sights. Turkey’s transatlantic allies must dial up their calls on Erdogan to respect the results of an already controversial election.

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In the real world, hard work and sacrifice will be required to make America great again. President Trump’s National Security Strategy left no doubt about that. The commander-in-chief, as he contemplates the next two years, would be well advised to re-read it, along with the many thoughtful recommendations provided by my colleagues in this volume.

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