The Great Caspian Arms Race

The naval buildup in the Caspian Sea is amplifying regional tensions. It's Russia versus Iran, with three post-Soviet states—and trillions of dollars in oil—in the middle.

Entering Kurdistan

The Habur Gate border crossing between Turkey and Iraq is a lifeline for Turkey's border towns and, for the Kurds who live in them, the gateway to a free Kurdistan.

Istanbul: All That Glitters

In Istanbul's Grand Bazaar sales of gold coins and bars are up while the market for jewelry is shrinking. The decreased demand for fine craftsmanship has taken a toll on many family businesses.