The diplomatic spat between the U.S. and Turkey is a symptom of a much broader phenomenon: Authoritarian rulers everywhere not only thumb their noses at the U.S, but they see no reason not to.
Bloomberg View columnist. He is a Berlin-based writer, author of three novels and two nonfiction books.
Something appears to be shifting in the interaction between major powers in the Syrian conflict. Tuesday's phone call between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, as well as Putin's remarks after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, show that a partition of Syria into spheres of influence may be in the cards.