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Erdogan Gets Ready for a Rocky Four Years of Biden

With American sanctions hanging over Turkey, the change at the White House doesn’t bode well for the leadership in Ankara.

A television broadcast of Donald Trump during election news coverage, inside a teahouse in Istanbul, on Nov. 4.
A television broadcast of Donald Trump during election news coverage, inside a teahouse in Istanbul, on Nov. 4.Photographer: Nicole Tung/Bloomberg
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As the world begins to position for Joe Biden’s move into the White House, few leaders are moving as quickly as Recep Tayyip Erdogan with the next four years looking set to be more difficult to navigate than the last.

Turkey’s president and his advisers know the former U.S. vice president well, but that isn’t necessarily a plus with American sanctions against Turkey ready to deploy and held back to date only by Donald Trump.