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By the University of California-Riverside press staff

Solitary weasel-like animals called tayra, or perico and tolomuco in the Costa Rican dialect, might look pretty harmless, but some may actually be incubators for a parasite that causes Chagas disease, a chronic, debilitating condition that is spread by insects called kissing bugs and affects more than eight million people worldwide.

In a study published today in the journal “PeerJ,” researchers from the University of California, Riverside have identified several new hosts for parasite-spreading kissing bug species, including tayras, new world monkeys, sloths, porcupines, and coatis, which are the cousins of racoons and known as pizotes in Costa Rica. All of these animals dwell in Costa Rica as well as the rest of Central and South America.

The research is important because, despite its prevalence, relatively little is known about the transmission of Chagas disease, a deadly, incurable condition that is most common in Latin America.

“There are 152 species of kissing bug, but we don’t know much about most of them, including the animals they feed on that can act as reservoirs for the parasite. Overall, the existing data is piecemeal, scattered, and biased toward a handful of heavily studied and well-documented species, while little data exists for insects that are found in very secluded habitats,” said Christiane Weirauch, a professor of entomology in the university’s College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.

The study not only increases knowledge of Chagas disease transmission in rural environments, but also provides the most comprehensive review of animal hosts of the kissing bugs that spread Chagas disease.

The research, led by Anna Georgieva, an undergraduate majoring in biology, and Eric Gordon, a graduate student researcher in Weirauch’s lab, will support efforts to control the disease, particularly in poor, rural populations in South America.

Chagas disease is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which is transmitted to animals and humans by members of the assassin bug subfamily called kissing bugs that feed on blood and are named for their tendency to bite people around the mouth.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, kissing bugs become infected with T. cruzi by biting an infected animal or person and, once infected, they pass T. cruzi parasites in their feces. When they bite a person and ingest blood, they defecate on them.

A person can become infected if bug feces enters their body through mucous membranes or skin lesions caused by the bite wound or scratching. Research also suggests that animals can become infected by eating other animals that harbor the parasite.

Although Chagas disease is common in rural areas, identifying new hosts among tree-dwelling, and sometimes nocturnal animals is a challenge. To sidestep this problem, the researchers identified new hosts by studying their blood, which they isolated straight from the guts of kissing bugs.

The sample included 64 kissing bug samples collected from Central and South America between 2005 and 2015 that were preserved in ethanol.
Chagas bug
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Kissing bug.
Sloth
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Sloth in
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Perico or tolomuco.

Pizote
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Pizote, a cousin of raccoon.

Capuchin
                              monkey
University of California-Davis press staff             
Some Capuchin monkeys in Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio.

“Our modern approach using DNA allowed us to determine this wide variety of animal hosts without a bias towards ones that are already known, unlike some older detection methods” Georgieva said. DNA analyses of the ingested blood revealed host associations for 24 of the samples. Among the newly identified hosts was the perico, which has never before been named as a host for kissing bugs.

Gordon said the findings will help public health officials develop new methods to control Chagas disease. “Education and pesticide application around homes has helped reduce the impact of kissing bugs associated with homes and domestic animals, but now more and more cases of Chagas disease are driven by species most often associated with more rural hosts,” Gordon said.

“One important consideration in controlling Chagas disease in wild animals is the possibility of bioaccumulation of the parasite in certain carnivores near the top of the food chain. If a vaccine becomes available one day in the future, they are good candidates to target for immunization to halt the natural spread of the parasite and potentially help to eradicate the pathogen.”



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Solís speaking at the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday.
Solís addresses the U.N. General Assembly
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Equality for women, the defense of nature and a world without nuclear weapons were the three key themes of Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís’ speech before the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday.

Solís has been in New York these past few days to sit in or chair various U.N. panels on these issues.

He is joined by Manuel González, the foreign minister, and his vice president Ana Helena Chacón, who herself is seeking a position within the United Nations on women’s rights after the elections in February.

The president chaired the High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment along with Ikea Switzerland CEO Simona Scarpaleggia, according to a statement from Casa Presidencial.

The final report by the panel was delivered to the United Nations as a guide for governments, businesses, academics and members of the civil society to design and implement public policies, initiatives, projects and programs.

On the environment, the president called on all countries to adopt more ambitious positions on environmental conservation.

He highlighted the leadership of Costa Rica and Chile in Latin America on its advances in access to information and participation and justice in environmental matters.

Costa Rica plans to achieve a 25 percent reduction in emissions by 2030 compared to 2012 as well as policies for wastewater sanitation and plastics removal.

In the area of peacemaking, Solís highlighted the progress in the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons where 122 nations, most of whom never have had nuclear weapons.

“As an unarmed democracy resting its defense on international law, we are satisfied that in addition to prohibiting the development, production, manufacture, transfer, possession, storage, installation or deployment of nuclear weapons, the treaty explicitly prohibits the threat of use, which also makes illegal so-called security doctrines of nuclear deterrence," he told the assembly.

The statement comes at a unique point in current affairs with an increasingly antagonistic standoff between the United States and North Korea.

U.S. President Donald Trump referenced this in his speech before the General Assembly that same day.
Describing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man” on a suicide mission, Trump used his maiden address to warn the Pyongyang regime that its current course could lead to total destruction.

“North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life,” Trump told a packed U.N. General Assembly hall.

“No nation, on Earth, has an interest in seeing this band of criminals armed itself with nuclear weapons and missiles. The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” the president said.

Before he stepped away from the podium, Solís also spoke of strengthening actions toward agriculture programs since they constitute the primary income for 70 percent of world’s rural poor that also consist of 40 percent of the planet’s population. He also asked the U.N. to rethink the concept of per capita income as the measure to determine the progress of country and replacing it with a multi-dimensional approach such as access to healthcare and attention to environmental or social vulnerability.







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Life expectancy in Costa Rica rises despite continued health setbacks
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The upcoming international blue zone meeting in November announcement came around the same time that data was released by the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social showing that life expectancy in Costa Rica went up.

In ten years, the Costa Rican population gained another year of life based on data provided by the United States’ University of Washington and its Institute of Health Metrics. The analysis by the university included information from 195 nations around the world, the Caja said in a statement. According to Jacqueline Castillo Rivas, one of the researchers in Costa Rica, on average, the population lives 71.1 years as opposed to ten years ago when life expectancy was 70.

“With this indicator, Costa Rica is on par with some European nations and surpasses the condition of countries like the United States,” the Caja said.

The indicator is the result of combining data on mortality and disability generated by disease or violence such as homicide, suicide and substance abuse. Ms. Castillas Rivas said that this one-year increase is a result largely of the country’s progress in controlling diseases like respiratory illnesses, congenital malformations of the heart, asthma, maternity care and diabetes.
 
She pointed out that life expectancy can be raised if violent incidents, traffic accidents, breast cancer, colon or rectum cancer, cirrhosis, drug addiction, Alzheimer’s, obesity and depression among others could be controlled and treated.

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Life expectancy rose despite loss in total years.

“The female population benefited the most from this increase in healthy life years, while the male population lost more years of life,” a statement from the Caja said. “In total, the population lost 950,601 years of life due to communicable diseases, injuries or non-transmissible diseases, maternal, neonatal, and nutritional.”

Ms. Castillo Rivas said that institutions like the Caja need to redouble their efforts in promoting a healthy lifestyle. For her part, Dr. María Eugenia Villalta, the medical director for the Caja, stressed the efforts the Caja was making in its anti-smoking and physical activities campaigns. She also mentioned the institution’s work in surgeries to reduce infant mortality due to heart complications.


World meeting of blue zones coming to Nicoya in November
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica stands out worldwide for certain areas of the Nicoya peninsula considered a blue zone. This is augmented by a recent announcement from the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social that the country’s life expectancy rate raised one year.

A blue zone is characterized by higher rates of longevity where residents surpass the average life expectancy to sometimes reach past the hundred year mark. Five cantons in Guanacaste province are particularly known for this: Santa Cruz, Hojancha, Carrillo, Nandayure and part of the canton of Nicoya. Globally, these cantons join Icaria in Greece, Okinawa in Japan, Sardinia in Italy and Loma Linda in the United States.

According to a statement from the Ministerio de Salud, November will see a World Meeting of Blue Zones occur with the purpose of investigating what is happening in the area. The meeting will be held in Nicoya from Nov. 16 to 18, the ministry said. The government is ecstatic for this due to the publicity this will create for showing the tourist attractions on the peninsula and giving a full agenda for international guests to enjoy during their stay and research.

Officials from Casa Presidencial, the health ministry, the tourism institute, the Universidad Nacional, culture ministry and local municipalities are expected to be among the participants for this meeting.

Aside from being older than most people, this particular group is also noted for good physical health as well as still being cognizant, attached to a certain food regimen, solid faith and spirituality, a strong network of family and constant mobility along with purpose in life.

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Centenarians in Costa Rica dot the Nicoya peninsula.

The idea of the blue zones was done following an in-depth report by authors and researchers attached to National Geographic in the early 2000s.

According to studies conducted by Costa Rican demographer Luis Rosero of the Centro Centroamericano de Población of the Universidad de Costa Rica, the concentration of persons over 90 in the area is unique to the world.

Moreover, the mortality of the population is 10 percent lower in comparison to other inhabitants of a similar age. Recent data on the population of nonagenarians is 865 since May 31, according to the health ministry.

The prediction is that Nicoya will stay blue for a long time, officials said. As for those who passed their hundredth birthday, there are now 41 with nine people who will be a centenarian before November’s meeting.



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More money being poured into renovation for Cartago landmark
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Universidad Estatal a Distancia will invest an extra $370,000 for the restoration of the renowned Casa Jiménez Zamora, located in Cartago Centro.

The restoration of the house began around 17 years ago and cultural authorities hope that with the new injection of capital, the project will be completed this year. In 2000, $52,000 was invested on it. That number grew to $173,000 in 2011 and $142,000 in 2015.

Casa Jiménez Zamora holds significant cultural importance because it was the birthplace of former president Jesús Jiménez Zamora on June 18, 1823. The house is also known as the Vatican due to the prefabricated structure brought over from Italy and made of embossed tin, according to the Sistema de Información Cultural. The place has wide corridors and retains the essence of the European architectural styles at the time: Victoria, Art-Noveau and Modernist. The information system also noted the house was a place where Catholic clergymen who visited the province were welcomed.

The president himself was known as a strong champion for public access to education. Despite controversy of assuming power using coups and overthrow, Jiménez declared primary school education free and compulsory in 1869, according to his profile on the Assamblea Legislativa. He is famous for the phrase: “The people who have more and better schools will be the best of all peoples."

According to the heritage office of the Ministerio de la Cultura y Juventud, the house is a milestone in itself due to the construction techniques.
Casa
                                  Jiménez
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"The house has a wooden structure, mostly of American pine with enclosures in die cut sheets made of embossed brass imported from Belgium," according to the office.

On May 3, 1985, it was declared a relic of historical and architectural interest.

"Currently, 40 percent of the total area is being worked on. Walls, roofs, eaves, doors, windows and painting are restored," the university said in a statement.

With the new revenues, some other walls, ceilings, doors, windows, frames, fittings, skirting boards, wooden floors and electrical system will be repaired. After 17 years of remodeling, it is necessary to complete the works in order to be able to use the property, the comptroller’s office said.


Police create new 'party buster' line to avoid teen substance abuse
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

As an extra measure to avoid clandestine parties where teenagers and minors have access to drugs and alcohol, the Fuerza Pública has created direct lines of communication where parents, teachers and citizens may denounce these activities.

Concerned party busters may call the number 2222-4392 or write to the email address  prad@fuerzapublica.go.cr. All information provided will be kept confidential, according to a police statement.

The Fuerza Pública might also arrive not only at parties and concerts, but to any gathering where there is a high risk of consumption of soft or hard drugs by teenagers, minors or even kids.

The police also emphasized the need to pay attention to Serenatas o Lunadas Colegiales. The first tradition implies usually groups of male students in their senior year of high school meeting a group of girls and singing romantic or bawdy songs along with alcoholic beverages.

The latter tradition is a soireé where all the members of a same class choose a place to dine, dance and party and it is usually the last time they meet before graduation.

The activities under surveillance are often organized in farms, quintas, or private events and many times drug dealers profit from it to provide the first doses to teenagers in the hope of making them dependent, according to the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública.

Some of the drugs found at this places are marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and crack. Some other times  police have found traces of ketamine. Police claim to have rescued several minors in a state of intoxication.

“Thanks to the reports from parents and concerned citizens, five parties of this nature were halted in just the last week,” according to the official statement.

“To avoid any dangerous situation against the well-being of students, we recommend parents be very aware what places do kids go to frequently and with whom.”


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Project seeks to help coyol wine producers conduct safer process
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There is something brewing out near Nicoya and Guanacaste but the question is: is it safe to drink and the process as sanitary as can be?

Researchers with the Universidad de Costa Rica created a project called “Supporting Coyol wine producers from the Zone of Santa Cruz and Nicoya in Guanacaste to improve the production process and safety to generate added value.”

As that long name suggests, the project seeks to improve the production process for the homemade wine using the various funds made available to public education institutions for social action projects.

“Coyol wine is a product of a long tradition within Guanacaste,” said a statement from the university. “It is a drink made from the sap extracted from the palm of coyol through a process of natural fermentation. The palm grows in the savannahs and slopes of the Pacific coast, mainly in Guanacaste. It has two production periods a year and is sold and often drunk by Guanacaste residents and tourists of the area.”

The initiative came from an investigation by the university’s food technology school that was testing the physical properties of the homemade wine. Although they found no toxic substances in coyol wine, there was a contamination problem in the process and packaging of the product. The school’s investigators chalked it up to the absence of hygienic measures in relation to the production.

One of the biggest challenges encountered has been to get producers to change the way their product is processed despite assurances that it does not alter the Guanacaste tradition, the university said.

Since 2017, the project has been working with one of the wholesale producers near Nambí in Nicoya called the Coyolera Tony. The first stage consisted of training on the pasteurization process to eliminate contaminants during handling, the university said. The next step examined the benefits of hygienic treatment on the product.

“We work with unfermented coyol wine, which is the coyol wine that people usually buy,” said Pedro Vargas Aguilar, the project’s coordinator.

“We work under the concept that the producer teaches us to pasteurize the coyol wine, to package and refrigerate it. We prove that people in consuming it, find no difference in what it tastes like and observed that people were happier because they felt safer buying a wine that is pasteurized.”

The project’s researchers then continued with this model and taught other producers how to pasteurize the product and pack it into suitable containers. The objective is to eliminate pathogenic organisms generated before the fermentation process.

VIno coyol
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The fermented liquid that will eventually become
vino coyol.

Pasteurizing the
                  wine
Universidad de Costa Rica photo
 Process of pasteurizing the wine looks similar
to grabbing moonshine.

The university said that the project is in the second stage of training. This stage seeks to explain to producers the chemical composition of coyol wine and the properties it has for the benefit of consumers. Eventually, the project can be replicated with other coyoleras.

“For me, it has been something special, it is a very good project, because we are thinking about the welfare of people,” said Antonio Muñoz González, the owner of Coyolera Tony. “I want to continue with the project and I think, by the end of December, I will start selling an equal part and another part pasteurized for people to get used to.”


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Brodell Book
Costa Rica: Remarkable Tales from Our Super Vacation Spot

By the staff and contributors at A.M. Costa Rica
 (editor)A.M. Costa Rica celebrates its 16th anniversary with a compilation of classic news reports geared to the needs of foreigners living here and those elsewhere with personal or business interests in this vacation paradise. Each seeks to tell something new or original about the vacation and retirement mecca.  
Read a sample and purchase the book HERE!

Trouble with Cash

The Trouble with Cash
By John H Paterson

Greg and Liz must sell their property in Costa Rica to finance their retirement. They receive an offer for their full asking price of $1 million, but it comes with one condition...the payment is to be in cash. They go for it. Things go wrong. The money is stolen.The local police are no help so Greg devises his own plan to get their money back.  Review or buy the book on Amazon ON SALE FOR $0.99
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Money, Flowers and More

MAKE GIFTS FROM DOLLARS OR COLONES
Running out of gift ideas? Author Dusty Pilot has just released easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for turning bills (dollars or colones) of any denomination into unique gifts such as flowers: roses, daffodils, daisies and poinsettias; shirts and blouses, and birds with flapping wings. The book is being discounted to $0.99 through October 31. It is available at all major online book stores. Preview or purchase at Amazon or visit  DustyPilot click here. Buy this book at Smashwords For more information Contact Dusty Pilot: Email dusty@dustypilot.com. Phone  001 440 796-4105

Brodell book 2
The Dark Side of Pura Vida: Murder, Betrayal, Abduction and Revenge in the Vacation Paradise

By James J. Brodell. Retired baseball player Jack Patterson becomes suspicious after his younger sister dies in a Pacific Ocean rip tide while on vacation in Costa Rica. Jack has to go there to find answers to troubling questions. But soon he is hijacked by a gang of avengers led by an icy Costa Rican-American woman who carries twin pistols strapped to her chest. Jack soon helps uncover a web of corruption and greed . Read a sample and purchase the book HERE!

Trapped in Damas Cave
Trapped In The Damas Cave, Costa Rica

A true story by author Dusty Pilot, who lived in Costa Rica for 11 years. Dusty tells his horrifying story of being trapped in the Damas Cave, near Quepos, for 26 hours. The book is available from Amazon in both digital and print format. Digital format will be on sale for $0.99 until Aug. 30. Visit Amazon.com to preview or purchase, or DustyPilot.com/cave.html More information Contact Dusty Pilot Email: dusty@dustypilot.com US phone: 001 440 796-4105¯

New
                        World Meditation
New World Meditation: Focusing-Mindfulness-Healing-Awakening
By Lucinda Gray PhD

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Life
                        is a Tropical Garden

    Life is a Tropical Garden By Victoria Torley 
    A quirky look at gardening in the tropics. What happens when a "Northern" gardener moves to Costa Rica? You have no idea….  Email: victoriatorley1@gmail.com.  Order this book here:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/1522005986/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

Cartago roads are 40 years behind

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The road infrastructure in the whole province of Cartago is at least 40 years behind, according to Guillermo Loría, general coordinator of the infrastructure program at the Laboratorio Nacional de Minerales y Modelos Estructurales, which belongs to the Universidad de Costa Rica.

Out of the more than 51,000 kilometers of public roads the country has, 462 of it belongs to the province of Cartago, Loría said in a statement. From that amount, 344 kilometers need immediate reparations or maintenance.

The latest Informe de Evaluación issued by the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad, shows Cartago only gets around10 percent of the budget assigned to roadwork in the entire country. Loría said it is not clear what methodology the Consejo applies to define the financial resources that will go to every province.

Lately, much of what the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes announces relates to projects and works in Limón province, the Nicoya peninsula and the greater metropolitan area. It could be assumed that Nicoya receives attention due to the heavy traffic of tourists while the high concentration of both people and tourists keeps roadwork going around the capital. As for Limón, government projects and a presidential visit have put that province in the news lately.

Loría’s conclusions were heard before the legislative Comisión Especial de la Provincia de Cartago.

There, he also explained that, despite the province has already designed the plans to improve the car flow at the Autopista Florencio del Castillo, the Ministry of Public Works says there is no body who can actually carry out the project.


U.S. expat releases new lingo book

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A U.S. expert on Costa Rica and expat, Christopher Howard, announced the arrival of his latest book.

Chris Howard
According to a statement provided by Howard, “this one-of-a kind bestselling Costa Rica Spanish phrasebook will help anyone including older retirees master the basics of using Costa Rican Spanish in real-life situations.”

Retirees, expats and tourists will get the most of Costa Rica, be able to communicate effectively with Costa Ricans and understand the local culture, Howard said.

There are practical pronunciations will help you sound a like a native Spanish speaker. The book also contains practical Spanish vocabulary, useful phrases, a Spanish-English, English-Spanish dictionary plus lots of tips and shortcuts for learning Spanish. Travelers would like this book because it is pocket-sized. It contains the most complete section on Costa Rican slang or tiquismos ever published in English.

The book is now available for sale on Amazon HERE.


Soccer fan fails in case against refs

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A very annoyed soccer fan could see how the loss of his team meant the end of his world, and everyone else.

Convinced that his players had gone through a lot of injustice during the match, he decided to take the sword of righteousness  and take the issue to higher grounds.

That’s why on Sunday, Aug. 28, he presented a case before the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court to file a constitutional complaint against the referees of the aforementioned match. To him, the soccer court had witnessed the violation of the human rights of the members of his team.

Vanlly Cantilo, spokesperson of the Constitutional Chamber, confirmed the man’s endeavor and its subsequent failure. Magistrates refused the appeal ad portas.

Probably struck by so much injustice, the man disappeared leaving behind just a trail of comedy from his quest.



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Turkish companies come to Costa Rica

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Even though Costa Rica established diplomatic ties with Turkey back in 1950,  Sept. 27 will see the two countries share their first Buyers Trade Mission at the Hotel Intercontinental, in San José.

Representatives of 16 Turkish companies from different areas will promote their products in Costa Rica. In terms of food, the Turkish will offer wheat flour, energizing juices, chocolates and pastries.

There will also be cleaning products of several brands along with different types of tools like irrigation systems, galvanized wire, drills and cutting machines. Some other important goods will be textiles and household items such as gas and electric kitchens, different types of ovens, lighting devices, platforms and implements for ferries.

To address the potential interest that Costa Rican entrepreneurs might have on Turkey, the organization will offer marketing studies, supplier search support and consulting services to better understand how to enter  the Turkish market.

The event was jointly organized by the Turkish embassy and the Cámara de Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica. More than 100 national companies are expected to participate.
 
This comes following an April visit by Manuel González, the Costa Rican foreign minister, who showed up in Istanbul to strengthen diplomatic and commercial ties with the country during his tour of the Middle East. With the case of Turkey, it has been said by prominent international groups that it is one of the most repressive countries when it comes to limitations of the free press as well as expressions and assembly particularly following an attempted military coup last July.

Since that time, observers have noted that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has potentially used that as an excuse to install himself as more of a strongman and less of a democratic leader within the Muslim-majority country. Turkey is also no lightweight on the global stage of foreign policy and are important U.S. allies for the region for the fight against Islamic State and stability in the Middle East.